Category Archives: Workshops

Education Opportunities, Texas Historical Records Advisory Board

The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board is pleased to announce FREE educational opportunities for Texas archivists, librarians, and staff members.

Thinking Digital webinar
Sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, these 90-minute on demand workshops that provide an introduction to the world of digital records while providing practical examples and workflows to implement a digital preservation system.
September workshops available in Nacogdoches, College Station, and San Marcos, TX.
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Archival Award of Excellence
This award recognized significant achievements of a Texas archival institution and individual achievements in preserving and improving access to historical records in any format.  Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 16, 2016.
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Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
This course provides an overview of the types of state, federal, and private foundation grants available and provides information about researching and writing grant proposals. Spaces are limited and available on a first come, first serve. Deadline to register is Monday, October 17, 2016.
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Genealogical Research Seminar, Saturday, February 28

Holocaust Museum Houston is pleased to announce its collaboration with Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in bringing Houston a genealogical research seminar. Embarking on a family history research project is a great way to pass down our stories and those of our ancestors’ lives. Sue Kaufman, manager of Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, will present basic steps for getting started on your family history journey with a special emphasis on Jewish genealogical research.  Amanda McKenzie, assistant librarian at Holocaust Museum Houston, will give an introduction to Jewish genealogical tools that will assist researching Holocaust survivors and victims. Join the Museum and the library to learn about the resources available for your search. The program is brought to the public by HMH’s Friends of the Library affinity group.

Admission, which includes entry to the Museum, is $12 for nonmember adults, $8 for seniors and active-duty military, and free for HMH members and students. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested.

Visit to RSVP online.

The Great War and the Making of the Modern World

Lone Star College is organizing the Second Annual History Day to examine World War I and how to teach it in the classroom. The day long event is being held Thursday, June 19. Afternoon workshops include use of Primary Sources. For more information please visit:


SAA DAS workshop in Houston! Sign up now!

SAA DAS workshop on email preservation – in HOUSTON

Take advantage of this great opportunity in our SSA region! 

Achieving Email Account Preservation with XML #14A7
April 7, 2014 @ University of Houston

** More registrants are needed to ensure this workshop “makes” so sign up NOW!**
We all need e-mail preservation know-how!

DAS Workshop: Achieving Email Account Preservation with XML

The University of Houston will host a day-long DAS workshop April 7, 2014.

Early bird registration ends Friday, March 7!

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Course Description

How do you successfully manage and preserve e-mail? Your instructor will examine two XML schemas developed for e-mail account archival preservation: the E-Mail Account Preservation schema and the PeDALS schema. The EMAP schema co-authored by the Electronic Mail Collaboration Initiative and the Collaborative Electronic Records Project serves as the backbone of two open source email account preservation tools. One of the benefits of using the EMAP schema is effective, efficient preservation of e-mail accounts and their messages. The schema can be used in trustworthy repositories to validate deposited e-mail accounts, and can also be adopted as a professional standard like METS and EAD. The PeDALS schema originated in a grant project involving seven state archives. The PeDALS schema is specifically geared towards Microsoft Outlook .pst files and their content. This course discusses both of these schemas as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each of them.

Upon completion of this course you’ll be able to:

  • Explain – why use XML;
  • Identify the tools for XML and for parsing;
  • Anticipate the preparation necessary before preservation;
  • Assess e-mail account and message condition;
  • Master the breakdown of the schema and its application to e-mail accounts;
  • Recognize why the instructors take the account-level approach; and,
  • Develop ways to use the schema and related tools at your own organization.

Who should attend?Archivists, records managers, and librarians who are or will be handling e-mail and other electronic records.

What Should You Know? Some understanding of XML/HTML, such as recognizing the basic structure of an XML document, is useful!

Participants must bring a laptop (PC only, no Macs) with a CD drive or USB port for “hands-on” experience. You are strongly encouraged to download the CERP parser from the CERP website at and review the installation guide prior to the course.

October is Archives month!

Join AHA! at the following events to celebrate the nationwide Archives Month in October.

October 2, 2013, 6.30 pm-Tour J.P. Bryan’s Vision of the West Collection, considered the world’s largest private collection of Texana. Torch Energy Advisors, Inc., 1331 Lamar Ave., Suite 1450.  Map and parking information available to all who make reservations by Sept. 27.  Contact Lee Pecht at

October 8, 2013, 6.00 pm-Dinner and brief meeting at Café Express,  1422 W. Gray. Meet with fellow AHA-ers and learn about upcoming events and opportunities.

October 10, 2013, 6.30 pm-Preserving Our History in the Archives, presentation on how archival repositories operate, how to preserve historical items, and what items repositories want donated. Bellaire Historical Society, Bellaire Civic Center, 7008 South Rice Ave.  Contact Dara Flinn at

October 15, 2013, 8.30 am – 3.00 pm-Parish Archives: Preserving Generations of Faith, a practical one-day workshop for those who work with historical records, but are not trained archivists.  AHA members are encouraged to attend all or part of the day to support the lectures, discussions, hands-on activities and question period.  Contact Sarah Jackson at or Lisa May at

October 19, 2013, 10.30 am-Tour Fine Tuning: Celebrating 100 Years of the Houston Symphony, Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney.  Hear and see how Miss Ima Hogg and local café orchestra leader Julien Paul Blitz  developed a dream into reality for a symphony for Houston.  Contact Terry Brown or Ginny Garrett at

Rescheduled Archives Workshop to be held Tuesday, October 15 during Archives Month!

AHA! is hosting “Parish Archives: Preserving Generations of Faith,” on Tuesday, October 15 from 8.30-3.00 at the Church of St. John the Divine.

The workshop will be an introduction to the basic elements of archives will assist attendees in gaining control over their parish records.  Presented by St. John the Divine with support from the Archivists of the Houston Area and taught by professional archivists, the workshop will include lecture, discussion, hands-on activities, and the opportunity to ask questions of people who have experience with church records and archives.

The cost is $30 and includes all workshop materials and lunch. For more information please visit and submit the registration form below! Contact: Sarah Canby Jackson at or Lisa May at

Parish Archives workshop