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  • Dennis O’Toole explores what history means for communities, families, and individuals and its prevalence in everyday life. History organizations play a key role in how history is preserved and the connections the public makes with the past. Americans consistently report museums and historical organizations as the most trustworthy places to learn about history and cite […]

  • The Chester County Historical Society’s job description for Director of Development highlights desired traits for the position including education, work experience, and special skill. The description also highlights the duties, responsibilities and reporting relationships the position entails. The job description clearly indicates necessary information to the applicant such as department, salary range, supervisor, and number […]

  • The Chester County Historical Society’s job description for a development associate highlights desired traits for the position including education, work experience, and special skills. The description also highlights the duties, responsibilities and reporting relationships the position entails. The job description clearly indicates necessary information to the applicant such as department, salary range, supervisor, and number […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio The Field Services Alliance presents its annual session on on best practices in museums. This session includes presentations on the following topics: Free things you can do to make your historical organization better Caring for photographs in your collections Getting membership right How to build fast and easy storage supports AASLH makes […]

  • In order to find out what the word “authenticity” truly means to museums and historical societies, Reach Advisors conducted a visitor survey that delved into a number of issues, including why people visit outdoor history museums and why they felt these sites were important. The results found that authenticity is perhaps the most critical attribute […]

  • For ten years, Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry has offered Nearby History, a program that teaches ordinary people the skills and tools necessary to do their own history from scratch. From framing their historical research project to sharing their final product, Nearby History has helped more that 1,500 Seattleites conduct research, interpret evidence, develop […]

  • This article tells the story of how a relatively new history museum, the Orange County (Florida) Regional History Center, succeeded in hosting two tremendously popular exhibitions. Their tale provides a lesson on the importance of community involvement within the exhibition and planning process. Their two exhibits included a unique collection of Civil War artifacts, while […]

  • Tim Grove explores the new trend of microblogging, more specifically, Twitter. Grove cites advantages of Twitter for museums including two-way, casual and frequent communication with your audience. He also offers helpful strategies and suggestions for museums and history organization who are considering joining the world of Twitter.

  • Tim Grove explores the idea of crowdsourcing data for a historical site or museum. He focuses on Wikipedia and other Wiki features as examples of a successful method for collection and puts great emphasis is on collaborative efforts. Whether it’s building a webpage or allowing the public to participate in research projects, collaborative crowdsourcing can […]

  • Tim Grove discusses with Nancy Proctor, Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution, the effects and opportunities brought on by the advent of mobile technology. Proctor says that mobile technology effects historic sites and museum in three ways: interpretation and learning (think audio tours), outreach (marketing), and research (developing and nurturing a […]