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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.

Fundraising for Local History: Fundraising Basics

Feb. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Knox County Library's Fortnightly building, 421 N. Sixth St., Vincennes
April 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The History Center, Fort Wayne
Cost: $20, $15 IHS members, $10 Local History Partners (lunch on your own)
Register by Feb. 22 (Vincennes) or April 13 (Fort Wayne)

Do you want to build a fundraising plan but you’re not quite sure where to start? Are you interested in learning more about the art and science of fundraising? This workshop will offer an introduction to principles of fundraising. We will discuss how the development process can be applied to local history organizations and cover commonly used fundraising terms. Particular attention will be paid to the importance of developing your organization’s needs statement as a basis for your fundraising plan.
Librarians can earn 5 LEU credits for this workshop.

Addresses StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2



Collections Management Policy “Write-In” 

Tuesday, March 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis
Instructor: Alan Rowe, Local History Partners coordinator
Cost: $20, $15 IHS members, $10 Local History Partners (lunch on your own)
Register by March 15

Do you have a collections management policy, but it is in need of revision? Would you like to create a policy for your historical organization, but you don’t know where to start? Is it difficult to set aside time for writing and revising your policy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us for a “write-in” workshop where you can learn the fundamentals of a strong collections management policy, enjoy access to feedback from your peers and workshop leaders and take advantage of blocks of time for writing.

This collections management policy “write-in” is a great skill-building workshop. Just bring your laptop or tablet, your existing collections management policy or an outline for one, and leave at the end of the day with a draft of a revised policy or section. To help keep your writing on track, we will offer a follow-up workshop in July for additional writing time and feedback from your peers and workshop leaders.

Who should attend? Beginner or intermediate museum volunteers or professionals who manage or make decisions about collections in your organization.

Librarians can earn 6 LEU credits for this workshop.
Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards COLL 1, 2, 4 and 5



Enliven Your Exhibits!

Monday, April 25, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Marshall County Museum, Plymouth
Instructors: Eloise Batic, director, IHS Exhibits, Sarah Anderson, exhibit designer, IHS Exhibits, and Jeannette Rooney, assistant director, Local History Services
Cost: $20; $15 IHS members; $10 Local History Partners (lunch on your own)
Register by April 18

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 StEPs Standards INT 6, 7 and 8



Fundraising for Local History: Funders and Annual Giving/Membership

May 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pendleton Town Hall (Council Chambers), Pendleton
Cost: $20, $15 IHS members, $10 Local History Partners (lunch on your own)
Register by May 3

The ability to attract and maintain diverse funding sources is an important factor in the stability of your organization. In the morning, this workshop will provide an overview of several sources of giving with a focus on individual and foundation contributions. Strategies for identifying and attracting funders will be discussed.

Your organization’s regular supporters – committed members and consistent donors – are critical to your success. In the afternoon, we will take a closer look at the components of an annual fund program and discuss strategies for stewarding current members and donors while also attracting new supporters.

Librarians can earn 6 LEU credits for this workshop.
Addresses StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2



Basic Cemetery Workshop

Friday, May 20 OR Saturday, May 21 
Mt. Jackson Cemetery, Indianapolis
Instructors: John “Walt” Walters, Jeannie Regan-Dinius and Vincent T. Hernly
Cost: $30, $25 IHS members, $22.50 Local History Partners (includes lunch)
Register by May 13

Taking care of a loved one’s gravestone or even an entire cemetery goes far beyond yard maintenance. Learn how to identify the different types of stone used to make gravestones and the proper techniques for cleaning, straightening and resetting stones.

Addresses AASLH StEPs Standard HSL 5

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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We also offer free on-demand workshops any time, subject to scheduling.