BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Best Practices’

  • To encourage more audience research and evaluation in history institutions, the AASLH Visitors’ Voices group compiled an annotated list of print and electronic resources to help colleagues begin or expand their audience research and evaluation efforts. [Note: the Visitors’ Voices group is no longer active.]

  • Historic house museums no longer hold the same place they once did within the community. With membership and visitors in decline, many historical societies are struggling with ways to keep themselves relevant. The Moore-Youse House, operated by the Delaware County Historical Society, is no exception. Due to the increasing age of its members the Delaware […]

  • This leaflet by Jessica Unger tackles emergency planning and disaster preparedness with helpful checklists and prioritization tips. By thinking ahead about who you may need to contact in your community to deal with disasters and protect your collections, you can save valuable time and money. These issues are fundamental to every museum and historic site. […]

  • Created in 2016, the Gender Equity in Museums Movement is an advocacy group formed to promote field-wide gender equity guidelines that confront bias and inequality in the workplace as well as recognize the essential roles that women play in the museum field. Their platform paper, “A Call for Gender Equity in the Museum Workplace,” discusses […]

  • Conversations about inclusivity and accessibility have become common place within the museum community. Issues of inclusivity can take account of a variety of audiences with special needs: those with mobility limitations, deaf/hearing impaired, blind/visually impaired, developmental, cognitive, or learning disabilities, and on the autism spectrum. As many museums have realized over the past two decades, […]

  • Downton Abbey may be over, but interest in the relationships between domestic servants and their employers lives on. Incorporating domestic servants into tours and programs continues to be an engaging way to provide a more inclusive and nuanced interpretation of the past. This Historic House Call will highlight primary source materials that can be applied […]

  • This leaflet by Jessica Unger tackles emergency planning and disaster preparedness with helpful checklists and prioritization tips. By thinking ahead about who you may need to contact in your community to deal with disasters and protect your collections, you can save valuable time and money. These issues are fundamental to every museum and historic site.

  • Do you often juggle several projects, trying to keep each one focused and on track? Project management provides valuable training that will help you organize, manage, and successfully complete projects. This online course shows you how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history context. Coursework will cover all of the details included […]

  • 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 […]

  • Many history organizations make the bold move to rebrand with the goal of attracting a broader audience. While much energy is often focused on the brand launch, this session addresses life after the launch date: how to manage your brand, how it evolves, and how you evolve. Chair: Shannon Thomas, Director of Marketing and Communications, […]