More than 250 museums in Utah are home to the state’s most important cultural heritage. Most are small and typically run by a few passionate staff on a shoestring budget. One challenge they all share is how to engage visitors with their collections and community stories. The Utah Humanities Heritage Workshop program is a series of free regional workshops that provide hands-on training in best practice collection stewardship, history research, exhibit development, and interpretation techniques. Follow-up mentored projects at their own sites give participants the opportunity to apply their new knowledge and skills.
The 2017 workshop series were held in Washington County (Leeds and St. George) between February and June, with onsite exhibit projects completed by September. Participation in all five full-day workshops is required on the following dates:
- February 6, 2017: Telling Our Stories: Introduction to Museum Interpretation
- March 6, 2017: Finding Our Stories: Researching Collections & Communities
- April 3, 2017: Designing Our Stories: Well Structured Exhibits
- May 1, 2017: Writing Our Stories: Exhibit Labels
- June 5, 2017: Teaching Our Stories: Museum Education