Workshops, Consultations, Professional Development

The IHA holds workshops that provide valuable assistance to museums, libraries, archives, preservation groups, and others concerned with effective nonprofit operation. We also make on-site visits to member organizations and offer consultations on institutional planning, board development, collections care, and topics tailored to fit their needs. Costs are reasonable and often can be covered by grants.

Membership Services

Printed newsletter. The IHA issues a printed newsletter six times a year. It contains news of exhibitions, conferences, educational programs, and other activities of cultural heritage organizations in Illinois and across the country.

Technical insert. Each printed newsletter contains a technical insert that addresses an area of concern for cultural heritage organizations.

Electronic newsletter. The monthly electronic newsletter is emailed to IHA members and friends with timely information about issues that affect museums, libraries, and other nonprofits. IHA organizational members may request additional copies for their trustees and volunteers.

The Illinois Heritage Association offers on-site and telephone consultations about museum governance and administration, strategic planning, and collections management and care. These consultations focus on subtopics such as board training; assistance with updating constitutions, bylaws, collections policies, and other policies; and expansion, site selection, space allocation, and long-range planning.

bimonthly newsletter is mailed to members and to potential members, such as teachers, nonmember museums, libraries, historical and genealogical societies, preservation groups, and tourism agencies. The technical inserts that accompany the newsletter disseminate practical and useful information on a variety of timely topics. The IHA also issues a monthly electronic newsletter.

The IHA conducts collections management courses for small museums and has been funded by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Courses or workshops have addressed registration of objects, policy development, cataloging, handling objects, environmental concerns, and applying numbers to artifacts.

Collaborative projects with the University of Illinois Library and the Illinois State Library have allowed the IHA to assist museums and libraries with digitization projects. The IHA has received Technical Assistance Grants from the Illinois Humanities (IH) to support workshops on exhibit planning and development and on fund raising. The IHA works with the council to provide docent training for sites hosting the Museum on Main Street (MOMS) exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES).