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  • The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) has put together a helpful white paper to guide you through assessing risks at your museum and brainstorming risk management techniques. In “Are You Adequately Protecting Your Museum? Risk management questions every museum should ask” by Mike Harding, checklists and key questions are designed to help you discover hidden […]

  • Museums hold collections in trust for the public. With that trust comes the duty of care. But with the duty of care comes the requirement that we not endanger collection items through improper practices or treatment. Where, however, is the line between what we can and can’t do? This webinar is for paid and unpaid […]

  • Do you interpret the institution of slavery or the lives of enslaved people at your historic site/museum? Join us as we share the theoretical underpinnings for interpreting slavery, including how contested narratives and race play a role in the giving/receiving of interpretation. This webinar will help you achieve a greater understanding of the difficult knowledge […]

  • Cemetery Tours and Programming: A Guide shows the range and opportunities of cemetery programming that go beyond basic starting points like dog-walking or traditional historic walking tours. It illustrates the reuses of both historic and contemporary burial grounds through the lenses of recreation, education, and reflection. This guide takes readers through the historical roots of […]

  • Here’s a one-stop marketing guide just for small museums and historic sites. In an age when many local historical associations and museums take money from their marketing budget because resources are tight, which can start a vicious cycle of reduced marketing reach, lower visitation, and then even less money for marketing, this guide will help […]

  • Museum and Historic Site Management: A Case Study Approach utilizes the classic business case study approach to help museum and public history professionals think through different scenarios and understand/anticipate different points of view in resolving issues. The case studies are fictionalized representations of real life situations that have occurred at museums, historic sites, and non-profit […]

  • Ruth J. Abram’s article, based on a plenary presentation at the 2015 New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference, discusses one unique museum’s revitalization of a struggling rural town. The sleepy town of New Lebanon in upstate New York was quietly fading away, losing its people and businesses to other larger towns in the Northeast. […]

  • Museums and historic sites faced with small budgets and staff can find it intimidating to redesign or create a website from scratch. Concerns over resources make coding and designing (or hiring someone to do so) daunting and expensive. It does not have to be so. Content creation is inescapable when making a website, but designing […]

  • Know your collections need help, but not sure where to start? The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) is a free online tool that helps collection managers and caretakers prioritize their efforts to improve the conditions of collections. Through guided evaluation of materials, storage/exhibit environments, and institutional policies, the PSAP helps you understand the factors that impact […]

  • Identifying and preparing for potential threats is critical for reducing risks to collections. In Part Two of this series, guest speaker Dyani Feige focuses on specific risks, both natural and man-made, facing cultural institutions and mitigation strategies for addressing those vulnerabilities. An institution’s history of incidents, location, building issues, environmental factors (temperature, relative humidity, light, […]