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  • See how three institutions are rethinking how they operate in order to reach new audiences, maintain relevancy, and create advocates for history. From tweaking programming to breaking the operational mold, ideas and tips will be shared to inspire staff at institutions large and small. Chair: Alexandria Rasic, Director of Public Programs, Homestead Museum, City of […]

  • Many museums and historic sites pride themselves on telling inclusive stories about the histories of the people in the communities they serve. Institutions often collaborate with groups within those communities to create better exhibitions and programming. But, when there is a long history of exclusion and disenfranchisement within the museum framework, as is the case […]

  • Detroit’s story reflects our own. Collectively and individually, we are constantly evolving, embracing new opportunities, and reacting to forces beyond our control. Navigating these contemporary challenges, while facing an unpredictable future, requires periodically re-thinking our direction.  In doing so, we rely on the past for context, examples, and inspiration. The role of a public historian […]

  • 65% of all adults in the U.S. use at least one social media site. From sharing family photos to learning about what is happening in the world to organizing revolutions to planning a day trip, social media has connected local and international communities like never before. History organizations can be intimidated by the number and […]

  • Audio Visual Conservation at the Nashville Public Library was founded in 2015 to conserve, preserve, and make accessible the moving image and sound collections under the care of the Nashville Public Library and to collect and care for audiovisual records vital to the history and culture of Davidson County and Middle Tennessee. The Metro Archives […]

  • This leaflet by Dina Bailey, Chris Taylor, and Elizabeth Pickard discusses the possibilities and pitfalls of creating inclusive programming for young adults. Working with young adults can be a successful way to cultivate a new, more diverse generation of museum professionals. And the addition of inclusion in these programs is essential to the organization’s success […]

  • The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) has put together a helpful white paper to guide you through assessing risks at your museum and brainstorming risk management techniques. In “Are You Adequately Protecting Your Museum? Risk management questions every museum should ask” by Mike Harding, checklists and key questions are designed to help you discover hidden […]

  • Historic sites are continuously looking for new revenue sources. Commercial filming has the potential to earn additional income and give your site great exposure. However, there are a lot of factors to consider, and guidelines to set in place, before signing the contract. This historic house call intends to provide resources, share dos and don’ts, […]

  • The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recently announced that it will offer one of their most popular publications, Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 Review, in Spanish. By law, U.S. citizens have a voice when federal actions will affect properties that qualify for the National Register of Historic Places. This publication is designed to help […]

  • 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 […]