Crossroads: Exploring Vibrant Connections Between People and Place

A crystal clear mountain lake, an American Indian cliff dwelling, a railway crossroad, a farmstead, your home. Each evokes an emotional response; each stirs the human spirit; and each reminds us that history is, at its core, about the powerful connections between people and place. The 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association for State and Local History will consider the sometimes empowering, sometimes challenging, but always special connection between people and place. Guided by the theme; Crossroads: Exploring the Vibrant Connections Between People and Place, AASLH will focus on the personal, communal, and organizational journeys that lead to vibrancy, authenticity, health, and happiness, and how these journeys allow us to achieve meaningful and impactful social change. (More about the 2012 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City.)

 

Free Audio:

Plenary Address: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Making Room for [Developing Leaders @] SHA

From Sustenance to Relevance: Reinterpreting Food, Place, and Local History

Putting Meat on the Bones: Using Geneaology to Personalize History

New Crossroads for the Intersection of Public and Private

Lyres and Tires and Barnes, Oh My! Nomenclature 3.0 for Museum Cataloging

The Toolkit Talks: Collections Care Basics, Advocacy, and Visitor Studies

Standing at the Crossroads of Diversity: Creating Pathways to Employment for Under-represented Communities

The Importance of a Digital Strategy

Beyond Counting Visitors: Four Examples of Evaluation in History Museums

Paranormal Policies

Growing Awareness and Creating Change: Museums and the Disability Community

Taking History to the Streets

Connecting to Collections: Tools You Can Use, The Sequel

The Changing Web: The Future of the (History) Website

 

Webinars:

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.

Yield to On-Coming Traffic: No Stopping Strollers and Small Feet

Many museums are developing programs to engage young children. Motivations for doing so and levels of success vary. Some museums are thoughtfully incorporating young audiences into a larger planning process. Others are responding to new needs and interests that have evolved. Panelists share perspectives based on experiences. Participants consider the direction of their own early childhood programming.

Bad Boards, Bad Boards, What’cha Gonna Do? Strategies for Fixing Poorly Functioning Museum Boards

Directors of small history museums will share their experience in making positive changes in poorly functioning boards with solutions that include team building, community involvement, and the difficult issue of removing a member from the board.

Localizing Difficult Histories

Want to broaden your impact with your communities? This session examines how programming and exhibitions related to slavery, nuclear weapons, the Holocaust, and even controversy itself have been used to successfully engage local communities with histories that extend far beyond their borders, yet may hit museum closer than they realize.

Too Important to Fail: Historic House Museums Meet Communities’ Needs

At a crossroads and facing an uncertain future, many historic house museums are reimagining themselves in response to specific needs in their communities. This panel will examine how several historic sites from around the country are creating vibrant connections with their constituents while ensuring their own long-term sustainability in the process.

Bad Boards, Bad Boards, What’cha Gonna Do? Strategies for Fixing Poorly Functioning Museum Boards

Directors of small history museums will share their experience in making positive changes in poorly functioning boards with solutions that include team building, community involvement, and the difficult issue of removing a member from the board.

What Do History Museums Really Need to Know About Their Visitors’ Experience?

This session recorded at the AASLH Online Conference in Salt Lake City in 2012 discusses what history museums need to know about the experience of their visitors. The AASLH Small Museums and Visitors’ Voices Affinity Groups share a pilot project of an off-the-shelf visitor study that will be further refined by participants during the session.

 

History News:

Explorations in Place and Time (Theme Article for 2012 AM, Free)

 

Blog Posts: 

AASLH Annual Meeting (#AASLH2012) in Salt Lake City (Educators & Interpreters Affinity Community)

American Association for State and Local History Announces 2012 Award Winners

AASLH and AAM Sign Statement of Collaboration

AASLH Annual Meeting – How can my small museum benefit? (Small Museums Affinity Community)

Do History Museums Still Need Objects? I’m Not Sure (Small Museums Affinity Community)

More Bang for Your Buck with Pre-Conference Workshops (Small Museums Affinity Community)

AASLH’s Annual Conference: All in the Family (Small Museums Affinity Community)

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

“Rethinking the Rembrandt Rule” Meets the Real World (Educators & Interpreters Affinity Community)

Small Museums, Big Impact! (Small Museums Affinity Community)

Silly Rabbit! Museums Aren’t [Just] For Kids (Educators & Interpreters Affinity Community)