The promise of remembrance is the work of commemoration, the responsibility to mark and search for the meanings of our ancestors’ achievements and afflictions. Their monuments and moments are the promise they left to us to build the next generation of new beginnings. The 2011 American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting will be held in Richmond, Virginia, one of the most history-rich cities in our nation; a city that holds outstanding opportunities to experience commemorative sites, spaces, and collections that are key pieces of our nation’s memory—the proud, the conflicted, and the complex realities that call us to “do” history. Here is the opportunity, at the time of the 150th anniversary of our nation’s Civil War and the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to engage in fresh and candid conversations from the banks of the beautiful James River.
Each year, anyone registered for the Online Conference can virtually attend six hot topic sessions, plus hear from featured speakers. Each session is broadcast live from the Annual Meeting. All presentations have been reworked for a live audience. See slides, ask questions, and interact online with presenters and the virtual audience in these live broadcasts.
Private collectors and researchers visiting your museum often seem to be time-consuming and unwanted distractions. This session will present proven methods used by four veteran curators and one veteran collector for turning these visitors into an invaluable resource for collections work, exhibits, publishing, and advertising for your institution.
Success is often defined by attendance and the bottom line, but are these the best measures of performance? This session continues the conversation begun at the Kykuit Forum on the merits and pitfalls of metrics, identifying quantitative and qualitative measures of success, and the challenges of implementation, especially at small organizations.
Staying current with technology is a daunting prospect. It requires careful thought and tough decisions. Panelists and audience discuss the challenges and constraints of technology adoption and consider new technologies on the horizon. Special emphasis is given to the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report, 2010 Museum Edition.
If you are considering closing a historic house or already have made the decision, this session is for you. Learn how to turn this potential public relations, preservation, and legal nightmare into a successful preservation solution. Explore the legal considerations and offer practical steps/options for sites and their collections.
Historic house museums and historic sites are focusing the needs of their visitors now more than ever. This roundtable discussion attempts to find balance between engaging interpretation and collections care and safety. Explore challenges, strategies, and solutions from our own historic sites, encourage discussion, and build relationships and professional connections in the process.