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  • This study addresses the plight of history organizations whose prospects of long-term survival are precarious. With a pressing need for new models, this study questions fundamental assumptions about governance and funding. Discussions include: Sustaining Organizations Through Best Practices and New Approaches History As A Third World Country: Why History is Difficult to Sustain Characteristics of Unsustainable […]

  • At a crossroads and facing an uncertain future, many historic house museums are reimagining themselves in response to specific needs in their communities. This panel will examine how several historic sites from around the country are creating vibrant connections with their constituents while ensuring their own long-term sustainability in the process. Presenters: Kendra Dillard, Director […]

  • 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: […]

  • Recorded as part of the 2014 AASLH Online Conference, this webinar, Your Most Valuable Partnership: Engaging Your Board to Ensure Success and Sustainability examines your relationship with your board. Are you setting them up for success? Listen to your colleagues from around the country as they identify strategies you can use to ensure your board is […]

  • [Register for the May 20 New Orleans Workshop HERE] This one-day symposium is designed to offer current thinking, practical information, and solutions to the challenges facing historic sites. The Historic House Museum in America is not dead nor are most of them dying. The field, however, needs to take time to reflect and renew as […]

  • Scarcity of resources is an ever-present concern in our world and in our field. When resources are scarce, it can be tempting to adopt a mindset that there aren’t any resources—time, human, financial—to share or use for meaningful collaborations. Yet, when done carefully and thoughtfully, collaborations can help augment resources, freeing mental bandwidth to solve […]

  • Neil MacGregor’s 2010 book A History of the World in 100 Objects has inspired a number of copycat works. What lessons does the book impart about the power of artifacts and how museums use them? This article argues objects can and should be the stars of museum interpretation. Too often museums short change the power of […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]