BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘StEPs’

  • Local history organizations are identifying their greatest needs with help from agencies at the state level that have created programs and tools using StEPs and other assessment programs. Hear how a state historical society, historical commission, and state humanities council are using assessment programs to gather data, offer assistance, and effect positive change. Chair: Cherie […]

  • AASLH on Demand brings together the best of our recorded webinars and online conference sessions. Take a class with the experts on managing and interpreting your collections, creating great exhibits, building effective boards, and more. To see all available webinar recordings in our Online Store, click here. Free Resources Getting Your Feet Wet with Evaluation […]

  • Museums, including historical societies and other memory institutions, create and use intellectual property every day. A basic understanding of copyright law is essential to protect your organization’s rights and those of other creators, further your organization’s mission, and avoid disputes that could harm its reputation. In this lab, museum attorney Walter G. Lehmann provides a […]

  • Identifying and preparing for potential threats is critical for reducing risks to collections. In Part Two of this series, guest speaker Dyani Feige focuses on specific risks, both natural and man-made, facing cultural institutions and mitigation strategies for addressing those vulnerabilities. An institution’s history of incidents, location, building issues, environmental factors (temperature, relative humidity, light, […]

  • Being prepared and identifying the potential threats to one’s institution are the best ways of reducing risks to cultural collections. Organizations cannot move ahead to the development of an emergency plan without a clear-eyed understanding of the areas where their institution is most vulnerable to loss and damage.   This webinar focuses on the general […]

  • StEPs Lab 4 – Building Knowledge: How to Gather Documentation on Historic Structures and Landscapes  If it’s true that “knowledge is power,” then organizations that own or manage historic structures and landscapes need all the knowledge they can get! In this StEPs Lab webinar, we address the various reports and documents that organizations will want […]

  • StEPs Labs are 75- or 90-minute webinars that provide you with valuable information and training from the comfort of your office or home. No travel expenses or extended time away! The webinars are offered in conjunction with AASLH’s Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations, a self-study program that helps small- and mid-sized history organizations assess […]

  • Recorded as part of the 2013 AASLH Online Conference, The Continuum of Excellence  discusses how AASLH and AAM are working together to provide a path for history museums to move between the StEPS, MAP, Core Documents Verification and Accreditation programs. Presenters include: Cherie Cook, Senior Program Manager, AASLH, Jefferson City, MO Jill Connors-Joyner, Assistant Director, […]

  • In this StEPs Lab, we discuss FICs, those mysterious artifacts that show up in your collection without a signed deed of gift or other paperwork. What do you do with FICs? Do you accession and number them the same as permanent collection items? Where might you look for clues about their donor or lender? What […]

  • People say that money talks. Too often, however, people don’t want to talk about money. People often shy away from talking about finances beyond a cursory approval of the budget and financial reports until there is a crisis. Ongoing monitoring and conversations about finances are the foundation of a healthy organization. In this StEPs Lab, we […]