• Are you wondering how to integrate STEM learning at your historic site? Create.Connect, an indoor, year-round exhibition for families at Conner Prairie, was created in 2014 to weave together history and STEM through the use of hands-on activities, historical settings and live facilitation. It’s a testing ground for new ways to integrate history and STEM […]

  • In this Award Winner Spotlight, Rikki Davenport discusses two museum/school partnerships that recently received Leadership in History Awards from AASLH. Both programs worked to engage students with history in new and unique ways that sparked curiosity and understanding, as well as to inspire active young learners with a love of museums. The Kentucky Historical Society’s […]

  • The Association of Children’s Museums recently published Toolkit for Reimagining Children’s Museums, a 38-page guide to improving museums for young audiences and envisioning new ways of teaching, reaching, and inspiring children. “The Toolkit represents a synthesis of the three years of ideas and questions around the Reimagining Children’s Museum project funded by MetLife Foundation,” says ACM. […]

  • While exploring your nearby history, you will find that your community’s schools have helped to shape its traditions and culture. Yet, how do you go about digging into your educational past? Fortunately, Local Schools provides this information, aiding you in your search. Prompting questions concerning educational experiences in your community and pointing you toward places […]

  • The Community History Project in Vermont is an innovative collaborative program with local historical societies and schools to create projects unique to each town and community involved. Cynthia Tokos and J. Kevin Graffagnino provide an overview of the program’s history and benefits, citing it as a case study and model for other states to create […]

  • Even in the 1970s, many schools could not take field trips to museums and historical societies. Frances A. Brayton suggests creating a traveling exhibit to loan to schools as a solution to this problem. This leaflet explains the precursor to the more popular traveling trunks of today. Brayton provides a case study of the school […]

  • Elise Schebler Dawson of the State Historical Society of Iowa explains how the historical society reaches out to teachers and meets their curriculum. Dawson overviews the marketing tools employed by the society, such as a school tour brochure and teacher newsletter. The society connects with local and state education offices and professional education organizations in […]

  • Education remains a priority for most museums and many have educational programming designed for school tours and groups. However, standardized tests and constraints on school budgets hinder the ability of teachers to organize museum field trips. Museums must market their educational programs to teachers and address how they can meet the needs of busy educators. […]

  • Collections are one of history museums’ most valuable assets and make history museums unique from other museum experiences. This leaflet outlines strategies for reaching out to students and using collections to engage them in local history. Included are methods for evaluating the standards and curricula of local school systems and using that knowledge to identify […]