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  • In this article, Bruce W. Dearstyne discusses the case studies profiled in his latest book, Leading the Historical Enterprise: Strategic Creativity, Planning, and Advocacy for the Digital Age. The book focuses on history programs that have found ways to thrive in uncertain times through adapting the ways they lead, advocate, and digitally engage with their audience […]

  • Here’s a one-stop marketing guide just for small museums and historic sites. In an age when many local historical associations and museums take money from their marketing budget because resources are tight, which can start a vicious cycle of reduced marketing reach, lower visitation, and then even less money for marketing, this guide will help […]

  • Interpreting Difficult History at Museums and Historic Sites is framed by educational psychoanalytic theory and positions museum workers, public historians, and museum visitors as learners. Through this lens, museum workers and public historians can develop compelling and ethical representations of historical individuals, communities, and populations who have suffered. It includes various examples of difficult knowledge, […]

  • Across the country, museums and historic sites welcome visitors into a world long gone but fundamental to America today. Military history in particular is etched into our country’s culture and the public’s imagination. The trouble, though, for museums and historical sites lies in continuing to make it both accessible and relevant to today’s audiences. Through […]

  • Because of limited (or no) staff, membership management in libraries and museums is often undertaken by staff and volunteers with no experience in membership. This can mean that museum membership levels are stagnant or dropping or Friends of the Library groups have few members. In either case, the organization suffers because of less-than-optimal revenues. Membership […]

  • With audiences more interested in food than ever before, and new research in food studies bringing interdisciplinary approaches to this complicated but compelling subject, museums and historic sites have an opportunity to draw new audiences and infuse new meaning into their food presentations. In Michelle Moon’s new book, you’ll find: A comprehensive, thematic framework of […]

  • Museums and historic sites faced with small budgets and staff can find it intimidating to redesign or create a website from scratch. Concerns over resources make coding and designing (or hiring someone to do so) daunting and expensive. It does not have to be so. Content creation is inescapable when making a website, but designing […]

  • AASLH is known as a go-to-source for high quality publications for history professionals. Here you will find books ranging from the widely used Small Museums Toolkit to more project-specific works like Museum Store Management. Our books cover a wide range of topics, from interpreting slavery to cataloging antiques to applying for grants. And remember, AASLH members always save 20% […]

  • This thorough volume published by Heritage Preservation includes 20 chapters written by leading preservationists. Topics include structural systems, fire protection, interior and exterior paint, wallpaper, flooring, lighting, heating systems, and other essential issues for maintaining and restoring historic houses. Photographs and how-to-guides make this an important resource for preservationists and homeowners. This publication comes in paper […]

  •   The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) and American Alliance of Museums (AAM) have announced the release of the much-anticipated publication Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions. The release marks the culmination of the two-year National Leadership Grant awarded to the IMA by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Sept. 2013. Co-published […]