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  • Community engagement was the key to unlocking audience needs for three very different museums in need of revitalization. Learn how these sites used a variety of community engagement tools, including surveys, focus groups, and more, to help plan for their re-birth as relevant sources for history learning for diverse populations. Chair: Megan McAdow, Director of […]

  • Boston Marriage. Lovers. Lesbians. Roommates. Regardless of the label applied, interpreting “female friendship” within the context of LGBT history remains a challenge. Hosted by the Women’s History Affinity Group, this discussion and Q&A centers on how to approach this topic in your museum or site through best practices and case studies. Chair: Rebecca Price, President/CEO, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Are you wondering how to integrate STEM learning at your historic site? Create.Connect, an indoor, year-round exhibition for families at Conner Prairie, was created in 2014 to weave together history and STEM through the use of hands-on activities, historical settings and live facilitation. It’s a testing ground for new ways to integrate history and STEM […]

  • Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea in Mystic, Connecticut runs a video blog with great informational videos on their programs, projects, and interpretation philosophy. Learn how they work with volunteers, reach out to young audiences through experiential learning, and bring historic trades to life for modern visitors. Check out the other videos […]

  • Table of Contents: On Doing Local History: The Era of the Great War by Carol Kammen Generation Why: Why Adding Millenials to Your Board is a Good Move, TBH by Colleen Dilenschneider Reflections on a Career in Public History by John E. Fleming Why Historical Thinking is Not About History by Sam Wineburg The Spirit […]

  • Across the country, museums and historic sites welcome visitors into a world long gone but fundamental to America today. Military history in particular is etched into our country’s culture and the public’s imagination. The trouble, though, for museums and historical sites lies in continuing to make it both accessible and relevant to today’s audiences. Utilizing […]

  • Allowing your users to contribute content to your website requires radical trust. This concept, gaining steam with the popularity of social media tools, naturally raises concern in history organizations. It threatens authoritative voice and weakens control. Yet, it offers opportunities to reach and engage new audiences.Join us as we discuss the challenges of radical trust. […]

  • This leaflet by Ohio History Connection Local History Services Manager Mark Sundlov discusses opportunities  and methods of demonstrating your organization’s or project’s relevance to various audiences. It includes sections on connecting with educators, neighbors, donors, and community leaders. It also features a statement from Tim Grove on the History Relevance Campaign. Technical Leaflet #273 (Winter […]