BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Education and Interpretation’

  • Over the past decade there has been much hand-wringing about the decline and fall of the historic house museum and much attention paid to strategies for resuscitating or abandoning them. All the while, a key resource for expanding the meaning of historic sites, deepening the visitor experience, and enhancing sustainability lay right outside the door: […]

  • 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 […]

  • Students and community organizations working together can be a great match with benefits for both sides, but there is a lot of planning and consideration that goes into crafting a great collaboration. In this leaflet, Anne Lindsay discusses creating expectations and definitions, preparing students for partnerships, different types of collaborations, funding, liability, and nurturing long-term […]

  • “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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • A new report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Reinvestment Fund provides insights for libraries and museums to connect with their communities in newer and deeper ways. Produced as part of the Community Catalyst initiative, the 59-page report is a handbook for libraries and museums to position themselves as critical sites within […]

  •   Small Museum Pro! Developing Exhibitions This class is about how to put together an exhibition, from deciding what it will be about and why, to gathering, creating and arranging all the elements for visitors.  You’ll learn a lot from your classmates – from their own experiences and from the resources that they share with […]

  • Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members. As your home for history, we want to ensure you are getting […]