Sustaining Places

Resources for small museums and historic sites

Workshop News & Registration

Upcoming Workshops

Attack of the Podcasters: A Hands-on Workshop on Creating Podcasts (or recording and editing any audio) for Your Historic Site or Small MuseumSPencer Podcast

Want to learn how to record and edit audio for your small museum or historic site? Podcasting, which is just one application of recording and editing audio, is an inexpensive and easy (really…trust us) way for you to get involved with new media as a way to reach your visitors. A podcast is a digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series, that can be downloaded from a Web site to a media player or computer.

The skills you learn here will teach you how to record any audio for a variety of purposes such as tours, narrated Power Points, exhibition audio clips, podcasts, and more!

Note: All participants must have access to a laptop for this workshop. A limited number of laptops will be available for lending purposes.

On September 9th, you will:

  • Experience an audio walking tour of Historic New Castle put together by the New Castle Historical Society;
  • Learn how to use a podcasting station and free Audacity software to make your own short audio podcast; and
  • Receive an assignment to create write a short script and record a short audio podcast about your historic site or museum.

On September 23rd, you will:

  • Share your script and your recorded audio podcast with your colleagues;
  • Receive advice from the instructors on how to improve your work;
  • Work with your colleagues to brainstorm an audio podcast series for your site; and
  • Learn how to post your podcasts so that visitors can find and download them.

This workshop is limited to twelve participants.  Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!

Sept. 9 and 23, 2014
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New Castle Public Library
424 Delaware St.
New Castle, DE 19720

Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places Member: $30
Non-Member (Individual): $60
Non-Member (Institution): $70

Expert Podcasting Instructors:
Mike Connolly 
(New Castle Historical Society)
Jesse Gagnon 
(Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights Preserve)


Taming Your Treasures: Collections Management for Beginners

SPencer With Net, LegsDo your collections need to be catalogued? Do you want to train an intern or volunteer to get started on that neglected inventorying project? Is your small museum or historic site considering using museum software such as PastPerfect?

If you answered “yes” to just one of these questions, then this workshop is for you!

This hands-on, two-session workshop will teach you best practices in handling, describing, photographing, labeling, and keeping track of your museum’s treasures. After cataloguing a small sampling of your collections after the first session, on the second meeting day, you will share your work and what you learned with the other participants. You will receive feedback on strategizing how to plan your museum’s cataloguing or inventorying project. You will also receive hands-on training with PastPerfect Museum Software. After you complete this workshop, you will walk away with tools for gaining intellectual control over your collection so that you and your visitors will be able to work with and learn from your museum’s treasures today and in the future.

This workshop, which will emphasize three-dimensional collections, is designed for beginners and is suitable for (but not limited to):

  • Interns or non-collections staff or volunteers who have never catalogued, inventoried, or labeled collections objects but will in the future
  • Board members or non-collection staff or volunteers who have never catalogued, inventoried, or labeled collections objects but want to learn more about best practices in collections management
  • Professional or volunteer staff who assess and plan for future cataloguing and inventorying projects
  • Professional or volunteer staff considering implementing software such as PastPerfect in the near future to digitize their collections records

Choose either the two-day September workshop OR the two-day November workshop.

Sept. 15 and 29, 2014 (Round I)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Nov. 3 and 17, 2014 (Round II – this a repeat of the two-day workshop offered in Sept.)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Newlin Grist Mill (Sept. 15)
219 South Cheyney Rd.
Glen Mills, PA 19342

University of Delaware History Department (Sept. 29)
203 Munroe Hall
Newark, DE 19716

Hale-Byrnes House (Nov. 3)
606 Stanton-Christiana Rd.
Newark, DE 19713

University of Delaware History Department (Nov. 17)
203 Munroe Hall
Newark, DE 19716

Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places Member: $30
Non-Member (Individual): $60
Non-Member (Institution): $70

Expert Instructors:
Nicole Belolan (Sustaining Places)
Brian Gomez (PastPerfect Software)

Fall 2014 Workshops

Please see our schedule below for upcoming workshops for Fall 2014!  Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list for updates and registration information.

Board Development Workshop

More details coming soon!

Oct. 27 & Nov. 10, 2014


Step 1: Fill out the form below and indicate which workshop you would like to attend. This will hold your place in the workshop, and we will confirm receipt of your information.  Your registration will be complete once we receive your form (see PDF below) and payment.

Step 2:

If you are interested in participating in Attack of the Podcasters, download this Registration Form (PDF).

If you are interested in participating in Taming Your Treasures, download this Registration Form (PDF).

Fill it out and mail it with your check to:

Sustaining Places Workshops
Museum Studies Program
University of Delaware
77 East Main Street
Newark, DE 19716

Past Workshops

Check out the titles and some resources from the previous workshops that Sustaining Places has offered.

Mailing Address

University of Delaware
Museum Studies Program, Sustaining Places
77 E. Main St.
Newark, DE 19711