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  • Table of Contents: On Doing Local History: A National Civics Lesson by Carol Kammen The Whole is Greater: Calling Out Afro Latinx Identity by Omar Eaton-Martinez I AM History: The Way Public History Embraces Inclusion in Today’s Social and Political Climates by Dina Bailey Good Intentions Are Not Enough: Lessons for Inclusive Public History by […]

  • Table of Contents: On Doing Local History: Encounters with History by Carol Kammen The Whole is Great: My Turn to Tell the Story: Internships for People of Color by Monica S. Moncada Value of History: History is Hot Right Now: Can That Help Save the Profession? by Jason Steinhauer The Museum as Center for Social […]

  • Do your elected officials know how you serve their constituents?  Do you have champions for your organization? Are you prepared in the event legislation or policies are proposed that would adversely affect your museum? Advocacy involves communicating what your museum does and why it is important. Making advocacy a part of ongoing operations can help build […]

  • 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 [Note: the Visitors’ Voices group is no longer active.]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.