BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Small Museums’

  • This leaflet discusses the needs and concerns associated with deaccessioning items from a museum. Museum collections must be constantly re-evaluated to make sure they are supporting the institution’s mission and interpretive goals, as well as meeting the needs of dynamic audiences. Removing objects from collections can involve issues of ownership, provenance, and property law, and […]

  • 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 […]

  •   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 […]

  • 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

  • This leaflet by Jessica Unger tackles emergency planning and disaster preparedness with helpful checklists and prioritization tips. By thinking ahead about who you may need to contact in your community to deal with disasters and protect your collections, you can save valuable time and money. These issues are fundamental to every museum and historic site. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Many history organizations make the bold move to rebrand with the goal of attracting a broader audience. While much energy is often focused on the brand launch, this session addresses life after the launch date: how to manage your brand, how it evolves, and how you evolve. Chair: Shannon Thomas, Director of Marketing and Communications, […]

  • 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 […]