BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Historical Societies’

  • Have you heard about Sustaining Places? It’s an online encyclopedia of resources for small museums and historical organizations! As a collaborative project of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware and the Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places, this website collects and shares examples of good ideas and best practices for small historical organizations. On this site, you can find example forms […]

  • Too often, written interpretive manuals are merely compilations of facts—if these manuals exist at all.  Drawing from best practice in the field of interpretation—along with techniques borrowed from exhibition development, material culture studies, and even Walt Disney Imagineering—this Technical Leaflet describes strategies for focusing and organizing a written manual that will help to ensure meaningful […]

  • In her summer column, Carol Kammen describes the adventures and lessons she found on a recent cross-country road trip. Traveling from New York to California via Route 50 instead of interstates, Kammen observed a number of small communities, some that were thriving and others that had fallen into disrepair and decay. The author uses these […]

  • In her latest column, Carol Kammen discusses the centennial anniversary of World War One and public remembrance. As a participant in the summer 2014 Anglo-American Conference of Historians held in London, Kammen witnessed firsthand how the UK has been commemorating the war in both national and local ways. She describes several British and European initiatives […]

  • LISTEN: Our sites hold tremendous promise and responsibility. We, as a profession, are on a continuing quest to make our collections and sites meaningful; to increase their relevance to an ever-broadening and diverse audience; to meet the challenges of changing forms of communication and changing economy; and to take advantage of the constantly emerging technologies […]

  • Interpreting slavery, with its powerful resonances, is a privilege and a great responsibility. We have an obligation to the public to share a comprehensive and conscientious story of the past, especially as studies show that the public considers museums to be their most trusted source of historical information. The Tracing Center conducted a survey to […]

  • Before 1966, historic places in the United States were being lost at a rapid rate, and little thought was given by businesses, state and local governments, or the federal government itself to the importance of the three-dimensional heritage of communities to their identify and quality of Life. The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and […]

  • In 2012 Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, developed a new online strategy using a structured tool for digital engagement. The Digital Engagement Framework focuses on assets and audiences, outreach and engagement and the wider context of the organisation to help museums like The Loo Palace develop new media and technology strategies. Takeaway Messages […]

  • The Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICE) is an immersion program for mid-career museum, preservation, historic site, and other arts and culture professionals designed to introduce business applications and principles of entrepreneurial thinking with the goal of expanding vision and leadership skills. ICE is a dynamic, four-day experience that immerses participants in the world of nonprofit […]

  • Teens can be a tricky audience for a history museum.  How can you involve them in your institution? This case study chronicles the redevelopment of the Junior Historian program at Dallas Heritage Village. Over the past five years, it has evolved from a group of minimally involved teen volunteers into an active, dynamic group that […]