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For local history organizations to move forward, the board, volunteers and staff need to continually learn new skills. Local History Services has crafted workshops to help you succeed by developing new expertise and learning best practices. We offer workshops on various topics around the state and workshops on demand at your site.


Enliven Your Exhibits!

Monday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monroe County History Center, Bloomington
Instructors: Eloise Batic, director, IHS Exhibits, Sarah Anderson, exhibit designer, IHS Exhibits, and Jeannette Rooney, assistant director, Local History Services
$20; $15 IHS members; $10 Local History Partners (lunch on your own)
Register by July 27

Spend the day learning about the art of exhibit writing and how to apply the principles of design to your museum exhibits.

Eloise Batic will explore some successful models of museum exhibitions that are moving from the book-on-a-wall approach and into more participatory and engaging storytelling methods. Hone your own exhibition writing skills and learn how to condense complex historical subject matter into a compelling message.

Sarah Anderson and Jeannette Rooney will delve into the principles of design for exhibits, from making a great first impression with your audience to choosing images, color schemes and fonts. You'll learn how to create an exhibit layout that is visually appealing and effective for your message and content.

Librarians can earn 6 LEU credits for this workshop.
Addresses AASLH StEPsS Standards INT 6, 7 and 8


Hands-On Cemetery Workshop (Advanced)

Friday, Aug. 21 OR Saturday, Aug. 22
Mt. Jackson Cemetery, Indianapolis
Instructors: John “Walt” Walters, Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Vincent T. Hernly and Sheila Riley 
Cost: $30, $25 IHS members, $22.50 Local History Partners (includes lunch)
Register by Aug. 14
Meets AASLH StEPs Standard HSL 5

Choose either Friday or Saturday for a one-day, hands-on workshop to learn the essential components of advanced cemetery restoration.

John Walters, professional cemetery restorer, will explain the techniques of cemetery restoration, including the kinds of mortar mixes and adhesives to use when reassembling broken stones and fallen obelisks. Then participants will spend the majority of the workshop restoring stones in the cemetery. Work with broken, leaning and misplaced stones, and disassembled obelisks under the supervision of instructors.

Participants will learn the following skills:

  • Stone Repair – repairing stones using several kinds of adhesives. 
  • Stone Relocation – how to determine the original locations of gravestones that have been moved and how to replace them to maintain the cemetery’s integrity.
  • Resetting Obelisks – using tripods to reset large obelisk stones that have been knocked over. 
  • Filling the Cracks – mixing stone dust to fill cracks for a finished look. 

Only those who have attended a basic cemetery preservation workshop or have prior experience cleaning and straightening stones can enroll in the advanced workshop (as experience in cleaning and resetting stones is essential to understanding more complicated repairs). The workshop will be held regardless of weather, and all participants will be involved in the hands-on session.

This project has been funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior or the Department of Natural Resources.

This program receives federal financial assistance for the identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240.

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Preparing for Disaster

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central)
Merrillville Branch, Lake County Public Library, Merrillville
Instructor: Tamara Hemmerlein, director, Local History Services
$20; $15 IHS members; $10 Local History Partners (lunch on your own)
Register by Oct. 7

Are you ready for an emergency? What would you do if disaster strikes? At this workshop, you'll learn the elements of a basic disaster/emergency preparedness plan, talk about what should be in every emergency preparedness kit and share preparedness ideas, tips and tricks. Using the information you learn, you'll work through a disaster preparedness scenario and begin to develop a plan for your organization.

Librarians can earn 5  LEU credits for this workshop.
Addresses AASLH StEPsS Standards MGMT 4 and 7



Fundraising for Local History : Grant Overview

  • Sept. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Register by Aug. 27)
    The History Museum, South Bend
  • Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Register by Sept. 3)
    Hamilton East Public Library, Noblesville
  • Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Register by Sept. 17)
    Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany

Instructor: Jamie Simek, fundraising educator, Local History Services
Free, registration required (lunch on your own)

During the workshop, we will walk potential grant applicants through the process, from using the grant software to submitting a letter of inquiry to creating your grant proposal. Plenty of time will be allotted for Q&A, and attendees will have time to brainstorm ideas and receive feedback. Whether you've been writing grants for years or you are brand new to the process, this workshop will help you prepare your application for the Heritage Support Grants and will teach fundamental techniques useful for any grant process.

Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets, applications and budgets from previous grants (if applicable), and lots of big ideas.


Fundraising for Local History: Pitching Your Project

Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eugene and Marilyn Glick History Center, Indianapolis
Instructor: Jamie Simek, fundraising educator, Local History Services and LHS staff
Cost per organization: $10; $8 IHS members; $5 Local History Partners (lunch on your own)
Register by Nov. 12

Looking for some feedback on your project idea? Need help perfecting your message? Trying to figure out how to attract matching funds donors? Join LHS grant coaches for a workshop that will help you narrow your focus, refine your ask and create excitement about your project. We will discuss how to create achievable grant objectives and will cover tips for securing matching gifts. We will also provide time and computer access for anyone interested in doing some on-site writing.