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An online course from the Vermont Historical Society

Join us for our new six-week online class taught by staff members at the Vermont Historical Society covering some of the basics of museum work. Whether you’re a volunteer at a local historical society, a student looking to learn more about the museum field, or just want to know more about what goes into running a museum, this course aims to give anyone who is interested basic information about museum work from theory to administration to financials to programming.

The course will cover:

Week 1: Museum Foundations

The creation and evolution of museums, their ethical considerations, and their changing role in the world today.

Week 2: Collections & Archives

The basics of managing collections & archives for museums, including the creation of a collections policy, organization, storage, public access, and exhibition considerations.

Week 3: Development

How museums find and maintain funding through donors, foundations, public funding, and how to create and manage those relationships.

Week 4: Education Pre-K-12

The research behind creating quality educational programs for school-aged constituents, including working with children and families, and fostering learning using exhibits, artifacts and primary sources.

Week 5: Administration & Finance

Museum governance and administration, including board relations, as well as the basics of financial management, including understanding basic reporting.

Week 6: Programming & Outreach

Engaging with the public within & beyond the walls of your museum, building & sustaining one-time and ongoing programming, and presentation & communications strategies.

Each week will contain:

  • One 90-minute online class each Tuesday morning (live participation is encouraged, but not required)
  • 2-3 readings
  • Short assignments and group discussions.

Total expected commitment from students of 3-4 hours/week.

Class starts the week of May 18! Register now, space is limited
Special Introductory Price! As part of beta-testing for this course, we are offering a special one-time price of $50/person for VHS members, $100/person for non-members.

This class is SOLD OUT. 

Questions? Contact Amanda Gustin, amanda.gustin@vermonthistory.org 

 

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