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  • LGBT individuals and families are increasingly visible in popular culture and local communities; their struggles for equality appear regularly in news media. If history museums and historic sites are to be inclusive and relevant, they must begin incorporating this community into their interpretation.Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites is straightforward, accessible guidebook for museum […]

  • Annotated Bibliography Audience Research and Evaluation in History Museums and Related Institutions   Getting Started with Evaluation Diamond, Judy, Michael Horn, and David H. Uttal. 2016. Practical Evaluation Guide: Tools for Museums and Other Settings, third edition. Rowman & Littlefield/AASLH. This comprehensive, step-by-step guide to conducting evaluation provides museum practitioners with basic concepts and tools needed […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • An indictment of staid and static history museums, this piece provides both theoretical and anecdotal support for blurring the line between exhibitry and programming. Jones argues for a more collaborative concept-design approach during exhibit creation and a move towards immersive, participatory, and meaningful experiences within the physical spaces of history museums. Takeaway Messages: History museums […]

  • The Economic Contribution of Museums in Minnesota is a study commissioned by the Minnesota Association of Museums with funding from  the University of Minnesota’s Tourism Center Carlson Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Chair. The study provides insight into one state’s vibrant museum community as well as ways others might measure and/or benchmark their own state’s (or region’s) economic impact. […]

  • Sonya Lovine is a Sponsored Research Officer at California State University, Sacramento. She recently received her master’s degree in Public History from Sacramento State. For her thesis project, she wrote Taking Public History for Granted: A Grant-Writing Guide for Public Historians.  In an interview at Public History Commons (an initiative of the National Council on […]

  • This column looks at the phenomenon of “going viral” online with a preservation-focused example from a blog post about the Hershey chocolate factory. It asks what factors cause something to spread in social media and whether or not there is a use for comments generated by social media. Is there a way to capture the […]

  • 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 […]