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  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]