Tree thumbnailHistorical institutes are intensive and immersive conferences that can be tailored for specific audiences and topics.

Irwin Richman provides a primer on planning a local history institute by explaining its benefits, challenges, and logistical concerns.

Richman overviews how to determine and capture the audience, funding the event, scheduling and determining programming, attracting faculty, the physical setup, providing meals, locating housing, marketing the event, registration, and other special events associated with the institute.

The principles and planning techniques Richman outlines can be applied to other types of programming as well.

A Guide to Planning Local History Institutes TL#43