Heritage Workshops


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Photo: Ute moccasins. Image courtesy of Uintah County Heritage Museum.


Strengthen the Fabric of Utah's Collective Heritage!

We support nonprofit organizations that strengthen Utah's cultural sector. Our free regional workshops provide museums, historical societies, arts and cultural organizations with hands-on training in grant-writing, organizational readiness, best practice history research, collection stewardship, exhibit development, and interpretation techniques. Onsite mentored projects give participants the opportunity to apply their new knowledge and skills.

For more information, contact Megan van Frank at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Collections Stewardship


Utah Collections Preservation program!

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Utah Humanities is working with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums to establish the Utah Collections Preservation (UCP) program, which will provide preservation training to humanities collections stewards statewide. Starting in 2022, look out for a regular schedule of webinars, in-person regional workshops, preservation assessments, and the focused training of seven Collections Preservation Team (CPT) members. Applications to join the CPT are now open through August 31, 2021 - APPLY HERE.

Questions? Contact Marie Desrochers, Preservation Outreach Coordinator, at UA&M (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

2022 Workshop Series 

Stay tuned for monthly webinars and quarterly in-person regional workshops starting in January 2022.

Cost & Registration

Monthly webinars are FREE. There will be a small registration fee for in-person workshops TBD. 

Presenters

Workshops will be taught by conservators and preservation experts from Utah.

Oral History


Interested in oral history? This workshop is a great place to begin!

Oral History is a powerful tool to understand your family stories and community history. This workshop will provide a focused introduction to the art and craft of oral history: from the philosophical underpinnings of the discipline — what it can, and cannot, tell us about the past — to the nuts and bolts of executing a successful oral history project. Participants will find out more about funding sources for oral history projects. Workshops are presented jointly by Utah Humanities and Utah Division of State History.


Well organized, informative, upbeat, inspiring... Lots of great ideas and resources... A broad range of information presented in a very digestible way.... I feel prepared to apply this information!

– Workshop Attendees, Salt Lake City


Upcoming Workshops

To schedule a workshop for your community, please contact Megan van Frank at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cost & Registration

These half-day workshops are free but registration is requested. 

Presenters

Jedediah Rogers is a Senior State Historian at the Utah Division of State History and co-managing editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly. Megan van Frank directs community history and museum programming for Utah Humanities.

STEPS-Utah Project


Work together to build on your organization’s strengths!

Utah Humanities (UH), the Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M), and the Utah Division of State History (UDSH) partnered on a recently-concluded pilot program based on the American Association for State & Local History’s (AASLH) Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (STEPS) that offered seven Utah history museums a two-year enrichment opportunity designed to help them achieve success in six areas of institutional practice. The program was recognized with a nationally-prestigious AASLH Award of Excellence. Learn more about the Utah project here. If you have questions, please contact Megan van Frank (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 


AASLH awards logo“StEPs has helped our organization to slow down a little, proceed at optimum speed for our circumstances, focus on things that are important and relevant to us, and lift our eyes to the ultimate goal which is to operate with best practices and serve our community. We now understand that strength comes not from frantic activity, but from being settled on a firm foundation of best practices and standards.”  

- StEPs-UT participant


Upcoming Workshops

The StEPS-Utah pilot project ran from 2018-2020. The program comprised hands-on workshops, onsite projects, and mentor support. Participating organizations complete all six modules (modules are not available separately). The curriculum is currently being revamped for hybrid delivery. Watch for the opportunity to participate in 2022.

Cost & Registration

Participation in the program is by competitive application. Program fees are nominal. See an example of the program schedule, benefits, and requirements here

Presenters

Workshops are taught by instructors who are experts in the designated area of focus. The program pairs participating organizations with an experienced mentor to help individualize content to the organization’s current needs.

Museum Interpretation 


Tell the Stories of Your Collections & Communities!

Learn how to research, design, and create interpretive exhibits and educational activities. This series of five full-day linked workshops offers those working in Utah’s small museums hands-on learning in curatorial practice and exhibit development. Participants attend the entire series and complete a small exhibit project at their own museum. The program includes reading and project-related assignments, as well as a small stipend to support exhibit development. Museum Interpretation Workshops are presented in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.


AASLH Award Winning ProjectI appreciate the congenial atmosphere and encouragement, the sharing of ideas, and helping each other on actual projects and not just hypotheticals.

These workshops have been the most valuable thing we have ever participated in. The information was clear, well presented, and easy to understand and get excited about.

– Workshop Participants


Workshop Series in 2022 | Dates TBD

This series is held over five consecutive months. Participation in all five full-day workshops and completion of a small on-site exhibit project is required:

  • Month 1: Telling Our Stories: Introduction to Museum Interpretation
  • Month 2: Finding Our Stories: Researching Collections & Communities
  • Month 3: Designing Our Stories: Well Structured Exhibits
  • Month 4: Writing Our Stories: Exhibit Labels 
  • Month 5: Teaching Our Stories: Museum Education 

Participants can access Sample Workshop Materials here.

Cost & Registration 

Training and materials are free, but workshop space is limited and by competitive application. Stay tuned for dates and application details in 2022. For questions, contact Megan van Frank at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Presenters

Megan van Frank (Utah Humanities), Lisa Thompson (Natural History Museum of Utah), and Virginia Catherall (Utah Museum of Fine Arts).


Heritage Workshops are supported in part by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the Utah Division of State History, with funding from the State of Utah. 

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