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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.

Generation Next: Strategies for Recruiting, Using and Retaining Younger Volunteers

Thursday, Apr. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Johnson County Historical Society and Museum, 135 N. Main St., Franklin
Instructors: Marianne Sheline, program operations coordinator, Kelsey Smith, intern and Sara Jessica Hemmerlein, teen volunteer, Local History Services, IHS
Cost: $20, $15 IHS members, $10 Local History Partners
(lunch on your own)

Volunteers are essential to any successful organization and it seems to be getting harder and harder to engage new and younger volunteers. What volunteers want and expect from their service is changing and organizations are working to adapt to the changes. In this workshop, you will gain an understanding of current trends in volunteering, learn strategies to recruit and retain younger volunteers and explore how to use younger volunteers effectively.



Cemetery Preservation (Basic)

Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23
Mt. Jackson Cemetery and the Indiana Medical History Museum, 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 May 15
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 preservation all play a role in caring for cemeteries. 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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