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  • “The first thing Steven Lubar, Professor of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University, ruined for the Little Compton Historical Society was Benjamin Church’s sword…” A professor volunteers at a local historical society and uncovers myths, mysteries, and misidentified artifacts. Marjory O’Toole of the Little Compton Historical Society uses these […]

  • This leaflet discusses the needs and concerns associated with deaccessioning items from a museum. Museum collections must be constantly re-evaluated to make sure they are supporting the institution’s mission and interpretive goals, as well as meeting the needs of dynamic audiences. Removing objects from collections can involve issues of ownership, provenance, and property law, and […]

  • See how three institutions are rethinking how they operate in order to reach new audiences, maintain relevancy, and create advocates for history. From tweaking programming to breaking the operational mold, ideas and tips will be shared to inspire staff at institutions large and small. Chair: Alexandria Rasic, Director of Public Programs, Homestead Museum, City of […]

  • Table of Contents: On Doing Local History: The Local Historian as Public Intellectual by Carol Kammen The Value of History: When History and Memory Collide by W. Todd Groce Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton by Rob DeHart For the Love of History: The Benefits of Collections-Based Research by Katheryn P. Viens We Are All in […]

  • Museums hold collections in trust for the public. With that trust comes the duty of care. But with the duty of care comes the requirement that we not endanger collection items through improper practices or treatment. Where, however, is the line between what we can and can’t do? This webinar is for paid and unpaid […]

  • Nomenclature 4.0 for Museum Cataloging is an updated and expanded edition of Robert G. Chenhall’s system for classifying human-made objects, originally published in 1978. The Chenhall system is the standard cataloging tool for thousands of museums and historical organizations across the United States and Canada. For this fourth edition, hundreds of new terms have been […]

  • Collections of textiles—historic costume, quilts, needlework samplers, and the like—have benefited greatly from the digital turn in museum and archival work. Both institutional online repositories and collections-based social media sites have fostered unprecedented access to textile collections that have traditionally been marginalized in museums. How can curators, interpreters, and collections managers make best use of […]

  • Know your collections need help, but not sure where to start? The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) is a free online tool that helps collection managers and caretakers prioritize their efforts to improve the conditions of collections. Through guided evaluation of materials, storage/exhibit environments, and institutional policies, the PSAP helps you understand the factors that impact […]

  • This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects. By the end […]

  • This bundle of five technical leaflets concentrates on how to care for items with military emphasis. Four of the technical leaflets deal with firearms: classifications, identification, potential hazards, and metals. The last technical leaflet discusses the basic maintenance for textiles as could be found in military uniforms.  The care of artifacts in our collections is […]