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  • Looking to explore options of what it means to steward leaner, more sustainable collections with greater impact? Join Elee Wood, Rainey Tisdale, and Trevor Jones for a lively interactive discussion of ideas and action items on innovative and possibly unconventional ideas for collections stewardship and management. Topics will include new approaches to collections development, cataloging, […]

  • Table of Contents: On Doing Local History: History Organizations as a Third Place by Carol Kammen The Whole is Greater: Have You Eaten Today? by Ashley Bouknight Understanding and Interpreting the American Experience in World War I by Jennifer D. Keene Steve Lubar Ruins Everything: Why Historical Societies Need Experts, Even When It Hurts by […]

  • “The first thing Steven Lubar, Professor of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University, ruined for the Little Compton Historical Society was Benjamin Church’s sword…” A professor volunteers at a local historical society and uncovers myths, mysteries, and misidentified artifacts. Marjory O’Toole of the Little Compton Historical Society uses these […]

  • This leaflet discusses the needs and concerns associated with deaccessioning items from a museum. Museum collections must be constantly re-evaluated to make sure they are supporting the institution’s mission and interpretive goals, as well as meeting the needs of dynamic audiences. Removing objects from collections can involve issues of ownership, provenance, and property law, and […]

  • This leaflet by John A. Lupton discusses how incorporating legal records into programming at your museum, historical society, or site gives your audience a new and innovative perspective on local history. Providing an overview of how to find and gain access to records and cases, this leaflet also gives examples of successful legal and court-based […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Arts Midwest and Metropolitan Group are leading a national effort to build public will for creative expression by connecting it with people’s deeply-held values. This session will explore this initiative’s research findings, theory of change, and how pilots are implementing messaging and recommendations to create long-term change. Chair: Robert Sarror, Senior Director, Metropolitan Group,, Washington, […]

  • 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 […]