Birmingham is a city which has reoriented its history, inspiring international human rights movements. It is the perfect place to think & talk about how stories of ordinary people and extraordinary change inspire and inform us, our publics, and our programs and outreach.Like Birmingham, history organizations are changing the way they do things, taking issues and turning them into solutions, using ordinary people to tell extraordinary stories. For 2013, in the middle of the Civil War 150 commemoration, in the Magic City, join your colleagues for a lively joint meeting with AASLH and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience using Birmingham’s example to challenge ourselves.


Keynote Address: Natasha Trethewey

Keynote Address: Carolyn McKinstry

Keynote Address: Doudou Diène

Awards Banquet Address: Edwin C. Bridges

Whose History are You Getting? Exploring the Neglected Stories in Your Community

Playing Games with History

Small Museum Leadership Considered: Picking Your High-Priority Project

Escaping “Great Man” History on a Budget: DIY Gallery Renovations

Movement Creates Museum: Activist Beginnings of History Institutions

Practical Solutions for Rethinking Our Collections and How We Use Them

TIE-A Thinking Big at Historic Sites Futures Game

Religious Places and the Civil Rights Movement

Historic Turning Points Fueling Contemporary Change

Enlivening Historic Sites with the Arts

Focusing on the Future to Preserve the Past: Examining Trends to Navigate Ongoing Change

Mergers, Alliances, and Partnerships: What’s Right, What’s Wrong, What’s Deadly?

The National Dialogues on Immigration Project

Vintage or Artifact? Collecting the 20th and 21st Centuries

Latino New South: A New Lens into Institutional and Community Engagement

Ordinary People with Extraordinary Stories of Birmingham

Diversity: Positive Programs in Corporate Archives, Museums, and Visitor Centers



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.

The Continuum of Excellence and How Your Museum Can Be Part of It

Learn how your institution can take part in the Continuum of Excellence and how AASLH and AAM are working together for history museums to move between the StEPs, MAP, Core Documents Verification, and Accreditation programs.

Working with Community to Address Things that Matter Locally

Is your history organization interested in taking on an exhibit or programs that addresses a community issue? How do you involve the community? What angle do you take? What is the impact? Learn how three members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience laynched dynamic, collaborative programs that address critical local issues.

Managing Change: The Keys to Successful Transitions within Historic Organizations

This session discusses how to employ key strategic and practical steps to help you handle any type of transition or change. Whether transitioning jobs, projects, leadership, or starting from scratch to create a whole new entity, managing change can provide seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Recruiting, Orienting, and Engaging Board Members

This session led by museum trustees with decades of board experience will help you build an effective and engaged board. The board/director partnership is critical and it begins with having the best board possible.

Volunteers: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change

This session helps you discover how three organizations have re-worked their volunteer programs, creating a mutually beneficial relationship; expanding the role of volunteers by giving them greater responsibility and matching jobs to specialized skills, opening their volunteer program to younger and different people; and bringing about the institutional shifts necessary to support these changes.


History News:

The Notion of Cultural Resistance (adapted from Keynote Address)

Turning Points: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change (2013 Theme Article)

Turning Points: Becoming Alabama (adapted from Keynote Address)

History Is at the Center of Our Human Experience (Free)


Blog Posts:

My First AASLH Conference, But Not My Last! (Small Museums Affinity Community)

Birmingham 2013 – What is an “Annual Meeting Kick-Off?” (Educators and Interpreters Affinity Community)

AASLH Announces 2013 Leadership in History Award Winners 

Uncomfortable for Some: Addressing Issues of Importance at AASLH (Small Museums Affinity Community)

Going Beyond the Survey: Engagement through Facilitated Dialogue (Educators and Interpreters Affinity Community)

Representing Corporate History at AASLH’s Annual Meeting (Corporate History Affinity Community)

AASLH Educators and Interpreters Breakfast: A Discussion on Genealogy  (Educators and Interpreters Affinity Community)

They Took Them to a Museum: Reflections on Sites of Conscience (Broadside)

When Volunteers Go Rogue. . . (Educators and Interpreters Affinity Community)

The Bells of the 16th Street Baptist Church