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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: 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.