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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.

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Basic Hands-On Cemetery Workshop

May 30 and 31
Spring Valley Cemetery, Lawrence (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 during full day)
Meets AASLH StEPs Standard HSL 5

Taking care of a loved one’s gravestone or even an entire cemetery goes far beyond yard maintenance. Understanding the history, laws and proper techniques of cemetery care all play a role. During the classroom day, find out about the symbolism and traditions of Indiana’s cemeteries, researching cemetery ownership, laws regulating cemeteries and the Indiana Cemetery Registry. During the work day, learn how to identify the different types of stone used to make gravestones and the proper techniques for cleaning, straightening and resetting stones.

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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History for the Asking: Oral History Basics

Tuesday, June 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Indiana State University, Cunningham Memorial Library, Terre Haute
Instructor: Angela Potter, IUPUI Solution Center, Social Health Association History Project
Cost: $20, $15 IHS members, $10 Local History Partners (lunch on your own)
Register by June 3
Librarians can earn 3 LEU credits for this workshop.

Have you ever wanted to ask, “What was it like for you?” of someone in your historic photo collection or of a person who used items in your collection? The field of oral history encourages you to ask that question right now, as life becomes history.  An oral history program can become an active way to engage your local community in preserving history.

Whether you are completely new to oral history or if you’ve worked with small projects in the past, this workshop will offer hands-on opportunities to learn new techniques and strengthen current skills. With practice, a recording device, and willing interviewees, you will be ready to ask “What was it like for you?”

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Let’s Talk! Social Media for Museums and Nonprofits

Monday, July 14, 9 a.m. to noon
New Castle-Henry County Public Library, 376 S. 15th St., New Castle
Instructor: Jeannette Rooney, assistant director, Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society
Cost: $20, $15 IHS members, $10 Local History Partners
Register by July 7
Librarians can earn 3 LEU credits for this workshop.

Social media should be fun, informative and engaging. Learn about why organizations should use social media, how to engage with your audience and what steps to take to create a social media strategy that works for your organization. We’ll talk about the functions, practicalities and effectiveness – as well as the pitfalls – of some of the most common social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and more. We’ll also chat about developing content that engages your audience and look at some case studies of strategies that have worked (or not) in the past.

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Marketing and Media: Making the Most of It

Monday, July 14, 1 to 4 p.m.
New Castle-Henry County Public Library, 376 S. 15th St., New Castle
Instructor: Amy Lamb, media relations manager, Indiana Historical Society
Cost: $20, $15 IHS members, $10 Local History Partners
Register by July 7
Librarians can earn 3 LEU credits for this workshop.

While every organization’s budget and staff resources are different, each has the ability to employ time and techniques that can yield positive publicity for its efforts, programs and mission. During this session, learn about advertising, marketing, press release writing, pitching, interviewing and more, as well as how to enlist assistance in spreading your message. In addition to presenting case studies/scenarios for planned and crisis communications, IHS Media Relations Manager Amy Lamb will also lead hands-on exercises to help participants think critically and creatively about their own upcoming coverage opportunities.

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Cemetery Basic