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  • Do your elected officials know how you serve their constituents?  Do you have champions for your organization? Are you prepared in the event legislation or policies are proposed that would adversely affect your museum? Advocacy involves communicating what your museum does and why it is important. Making advocacy a part of ongoing operations can help build […]

  • This leaflet by Jessica Unger tackles emergency planning and disaster preparedness with helpful checklists and prioritization tips. By thinking ahead about who you may need to contact in your community to deal with disasters and protect your collections, you can save valuable time and money. These issues are fundamental to every museum and historic site.

  • No meaningful conversation about our future can occur without confronting our contentious past. This session will present three case studies of collaboration as vehicles for communities to share their respective stories. Panelists will share strategies for initiating productive conversations and discuss collaborative programming efforts to sustain positive relationships with communities. Chair: Adam Scher, Senior Curator, […]

  • Attention Baby Boomer Museum Leaders: Are you making plans for your successor? Generation X and Millennials: are you ready to take on a leadership position? Hear the story of one museum’s leadership transition from one generation to another, and from unexpected challenges to surprising success. Chair: Melissa Prycer, Executive Director, Dallas Heritage Village, Dallas, TX […]

  • 2016 AASLH Meeting of the Membership Recorded in Detroit, MI at the 2016 AASLH/MMA Annual Meeting September 16, 2016   Listen on SoundCloud Listen on iTunes as a Podcast

  • Many history organizations make the bold move to rebrand with the goal of attracting a broader audience. While much energy is often focused on the brand launch, this session addresses life after the launch date: how to manage your brand, how it evolves, and how you evolve. Chair: Shannon Thomas, Director of Marketing and Communications, […]

  • Thomas J. Sugrue is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University. A specialist in twentieth-century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race, Sugrue was educated at Columbia; King’s College, Cambridge; and Harvard, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1992. His first book, The Origins of the Urban Crisis (1996), […]

  • Creating a diverse pipeline for institutional leadership starts with building internship programs that reflect our visitors. Emerging professionals express frustration with early career opportunities. We will highlight new models, including Minnesota Historical Society’s undergraduate internship program and #museumworkersspeak, and then consider how AASLH can help the field move forward. Chair: Sarah Jencks, Director of Education and […]

  • How could history better advance a more democratic and participatory civic life? Thelen will introduce session with a 30 minute talk that distills his experiences with trying to connect professional with popular history making. Audience members will discuss their experiences and observations with this challenge. Chair: David Thelen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Indiana University, […]

  • Start off the Annual Meeting with a session guaranteed to challenge and inspire. Sharing examples from their own institution, staff from the Arab American National Museum will facilitate a discussion on how becoming more culturally competent can enable institutions to respond to changing demographics and work with new audiences. Chair: Kate Betz, Bullock State History […]