BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘2012 Annual Meeting’

  • At a crossroads and facing an uncertain future, many historic house museums are reimagining themselves in response to specific needs in their communities. This panel will examine how several historic sites from around the country are creating vibrant connections with their constituents while ensuring their own long-term sustainability in the process. Presenters: Kendra Dillard, Director […]

  • Crossroads: Exploring Vibrant Connections Between People and Place A crystal clear mountain lake, an American Indian cliff dwelling, a railway crossroad, a farmstead, your home. Each evokes an emotional response; each stirs the human spirit; and each reminds us that history is, at its core, about the powerful connections between people and place. The 2012 […]

  • Many museums are developing programs to engage young children. Motivations for doing so and levels of success vary. Some museums are thoughtfully incorporating young audiences into a larger planning process. Others are responding to new needs and interests that have evolved. Panelists will share perspectives based on experiences. Participants will be encouraged to consider the […]

  • Want to broaden your impact with your communities? This session examines how programming and exhibitions related to slavery, nuclear weapons, the Holocaust, and even controversy itself have been used to successfully engage local communities with histories that extend far beyond their borders, yet may hit museum closer than they realize. Presenters: Cynthia Capers, Associate Director […]

  • How are websites changing in the future? What should historic organizations be doing to ensure the broadest access and maximum engagement? From the rise of user-generated content to the explosion of mobile technology, we will ponder the changing landscape of the Internet. Presenters: Tim Grove, Chief of Education, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Bill […]

  • Directors of small history museums will share their experience in making positive changes in poorly functioning boards with solutions that include team building, community involvement, and the difficult issue of removing a member from the board. Presenters: Janice Klein, Consultant, EightSixSix Consulting Susan Goganian, Director, Beverly Historical Society Rebecca Mavencamp, Director, Rockford Area Historical Society […]

  • This session recorded at the AASLH Online Conference in Salt Lake City in 2012 discusses what history museums need to know about the experience of their visitors. The AASLH Small Museums and Visitors’ Voices Affinity Groups share a pilot project of an off-the-shelf visitor study that will be further refined by participants during the session. […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio In the program If This House Could Talk, residents post handmade signs in their yards and the neighborhood itself becomes an exhibit. In associated Pop-Up Performances, actors present stories where they happened. ITHCY organizers from Cambridge, MA, and Sacramento, CA, share these novel approaches to connecting people to place. AASLH makes available […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio Most history institutions do not follow a technology strategy and as a result they flounder in the constantly changing technology landscape. All institutions, whatever size or budget, need to think strategically about technology. in-depth conversation with two leaders in the field will help you craft a digital strategy you can maintain and […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio Running a small museum is like trying to juggle a dozen balls and when you’re a new or terribly over-worked leader, how do you know what you are responsible for or where to start? Three contributors to the newly released Small Museum Toolkit share some of their insights into mission-based planning and implementation […]