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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • This article explores the connection between the historic freakshows of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and modern museums. Additionally, the article offers a short history of dime museums as predecessors to today’s museum. Most museums and exhibits still try to entertain the masses, but with an emphasis on education; there are some, however, that still […]

  • Difficult histories include the recollections of trauma, oppression, and violence. The challenge for museum workers to develop ethical representations of difficult histories is finding an equitable equation for combining the three conceptual components: Faces, Real content, and Narratives. When combined, these three components are the building blocks for developing ethical representations of difficult histories. A […]

  • The Court and Legal History Community serves those working to preserve and promote legal and court history around the nation. Its members include university faculty, state and federal court historians and educators,judicial assistants, a U.S. Supreme Court curator,  law librarians/archivists/researchers, and independent historical societies affiliated with courts such as the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and […]

  • LISTEN:  Download audio Often the uncomplimentary or uncomfortable aspects of an institution’s history or field draw the most attention. This panel from the 2010 AASLH Annual Meeting discusses strategies for crafting good answers to tough questions. This session was sponsored by the AASLH Court and Legal History Affinity Group. AASLH makes available for download a […]

  • This report by Walter G. Lehmann discusses the unique challenges of state historical organizations that often function through a combination of government and nonprofit governance. Lehmann provides a brief history of state historical organizations and state preservation entities. Through this report, Lehmann categorizes state historical organizations throughout the country. Lehmann provides an overview of governance […]

  • Nonprofit organizations have long embraced the need for standards of ethical practice that preserve and strengthen the public’s confidence. Many such systems in fact already exist, though none applied to the entire range of American charitable organizations. The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector was created in October 2004 to strengthen transparency, governance, and ethical standards […]

  • This pamphlet should give an institution a clearer sense of the steps necessary to establish a historical society in Indiana. This is intended as a road map or guide. Every situation is unique. Institutions should be consulting with an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant during this process. This pamphlet will help staff understand the […]

  • Copyright is an ethical concern for historical organizations when creating exhibits and presentations to the public. On the other hand, outsiders can violate the copyright of content museums own. The Shiloh Museum’s copyright policy addresses both of these concerns and serves as a useful model for museums updating or drafting a new copyright policy. This […]