With the summer season now a distant memory, and the school group tour season wrapping up for our historic sites and museums, it's a great time to take a moment and enhance your skill sets and increase your training on some issues that a lot of our partners face. This winter, we'll be offering a workshop series at each of our partner meetings in November, January, and March. Our partner meetings will be the same throughout the morning, then after lunch we will have speakers come and talk about certain issues. This year, we're focusing on a topic we all deal with every day in our field; Communications
• How best can we communicate with our visitors, supporters, and community about our stories?
Where do I start?
• How can I make my e-newsletter as clear and concise as possible?
• What about Facebook and Twitter? Do historic sites need a presence on Social Media?
Join us this winter to learn more about how you can use communications to better serve your site and visitors. Looking to just brush up on a certain aspect? Take a look at the workshop schedule below. Check back to RSVP for the earliest listed workshop date. Getting Your Message OutJan. 14 - Alexander Majors Barn, KC, MOBarbara Hensley
is the public affairs director for Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). As an experienced writer and graphic designer, Barbara oversees the agency's media relations and electronic and print communications and works with MARC programs and committees on strategic communications, public outreach and citizen engagement. Barbara will be speaking on e-communications: What should they include? What should we make sure to accomplish with newsletters? Social MediaMarch 10 - Woodneath Library, KC, MO Karen Crane
is the Director of the Merriam Visitors Bureau. Karen is responsible for promoting visitor services to leisure, group, corporate and sports travelers, as well as maintaining communication and partnerships with associates in the tourism industry. Karen will be speaking about Social Media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. How should we be using these platforms? What should our presence be?
We hope you'll join us for all, or some, of these informative presentations. Have an idea for a topic we can look at during future workshop series? E-mail Elizabeth Hobson
for information you need to help better tell our shared stories.