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  • Table of Contents: “On Doing Local History: Two Grandfathers” by Carol Kammen “History Bytes: The End” Tim Grove “If It Was Easy, Anyone Could Do It: Training Professionals for History Institutions” by Rick Beard “Grappling with Unfolding Events” by Jason Crabill, Melanie A. Adams, and Kyle McKoy “Why Old Places Matter” by Thompson Mayes “Keeping […]

  • This leaflet by Marieke Van Damme and Dan Yaeger discusses how you can develop and produce a podcast for your site with a few tools and no tech training. The authors cover equipment, formatting, editing/publishing, marketing, and evaluation in this beginner’s how-to guide. Autumn 2016

  • Table of Contents: “On Doing Local History: Encounters with History” by Carol Kammen “The Whole is Greater: Fostering Empathy” by Dina Bailey “Reconsiderations of Memorials and Monuments” by Modupe Labode “Fighting Civil Rights and the Cold War: Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg” by Jill Ogline Titus “Finding Meaning in Monuments: Atlanta History Center Enters Dialogue on […]

  • Creating a diverse pipeline for institutional leadership starts with building internship programs that reflect our visitors. Emerging professionals express frustration with early career opportunities. We will highlight new models, including Minnesota Historical Society’s undergraduate internship program and #museumworkersspeak, and then consider how AASLH can help the field move forward. Chair: Sarah Jencks, Director of Education and […]

  • How could history better advance a more democratic and participatory civic life? Thelen will introduce session with a 30 minute talk that distills his experiences with trying to connect professional with popular history making. Audience members will discuss their experiences and observations with this challenge. Chair: David Thelen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Indiana University, […]

  • Start off the Annual Meeting with a session guaranteed to challenge and inspire. Sharing examples from their own institution, staff from the Arab American National Museum will facilitate a discussion on how becoming more culturally competent can enable institutions to respond to changing demographics and work with new audiences. Chair: Kate Betz, Bullock State History […]

  • 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 […]

  • 65% of all adults in the U.S. use at least one social media site. From sharing family photos to learning about what is happening in the world to organizing revolutions to planning a day trip, social media has connected local and international communities like never before. History organizations can be intimidated by the number and […]

  • 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 […]

  • This leaflet by Dina Bailey, Chris Taylor, and Elizabeth Pickard discusses the possibilities and pitfalls of creating inclusive programming for young adults. Working with young adults can be a successful way to cultivate a new, more diverse generation of museum professionals. And the addition of inclusion in these programs is essential to the organization’s success […]