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  • The History Relevance Campaign is a diverse group of history professionals posing questions about what makes the past relevant today. The Campaign serves as a catalyst for discovering, demonstrating, and promulgating the value of history for individuals, communities, and the nation. AASLH is proud to be a partner in this important effort. We believe that history can have more impact when it connects […]

  •   While introducing the topic of religion into regular museum tours can be tricky, there are some site histories that require some mention in order to fully understand the influence that faith had on that specific family or event. One such museum that deals with the issue of religion for that reason is Surratt House […]

  • Historic Houses are part of the common good. We have a responsibility to our collections, our supporters, and our communities to make a positive impact. How does that translate to the environment and going green – and in a reasonable way? Join Sarah Sutton and moderator Ken Turino to find out. This webinar will include: […]

  • Got too much stuff, but don’t know how to get rid of it without raising the ire of the locals?  Join Matt Davis, Director of the Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville, GA, for a frank conversation on the good, the bad, and the ugly of streamlining your collection. During his career, Matt Davis has overseen […]

  • Historic sites and house museums are increasingly outsourcing management and visitor services functions to gain operating efficiencies and to control cost.  In this Historic House Call, Lawrence Yerdon, President and CEO of Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, will discuss the pros and cons of outsourcing as a strategy and share his experience at outsourcing […]

  • What would our historic sites look like if we completely threw out the traditional historic house model and tried truly out-of-the-box thinking to engage visitors? The idea is being tested at the Historic House Trust of New York City. The concept, called The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums, was developed by Franklin Vagnone and […]

  • We know the coming decades will bring about massive changes that will create both stress and opportunities for our historic house museums. Recognizing and responding to future trends is a crucial skill for all history museums professionals. By employing futures thinking we can develop adaptable organizational plans, create more sustainable institutions, and better serve our […]

  • Historic Sites and Museums across the country tend to find themselves struggling with a common  issue of how to responsibly address the issue of race in historic interpretation.  For so long, the national historic narrative was largely viewed from the perspective of a dominant race and gender.  In the 1970’s, the demand for a more […]

  • For the last decade there has been much talk about “repurposing” historic house museums for new uses or users because some just are not financially sustainable. Virtually every national and some state history conferences over the years have had at least one panel session about this topic. It has been seven years since the second […]

  • Boring, uninspiring tours are a burden for the whole history field; they do nothing to encourage repeat visitation or positive word-of-mouth reputation. This Historic House Call session presents the key elements necessary for creating engaging and memorable tour experiences that enhance visitors’ personal connections with historic houses and sites. The online webinar discussion will be […]