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Nothing can replace the opportunities that arise when you intersect with people who come together around common goals and interests — good history and good times. In 2014, the AASLH Annual Meeting in St. Paul enabled us to explore ways to be “greater than the sum of our parts.”

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Keynote Address: Garrison Keillor

Keynote Address: Marilyn Carlson Nelson

Awards Banquet Speaker: Dr. Anton Treuer 

So You Want to Publish a History Book?

Working Together for Better Preparedness: Developing Cooperative Disaster Networks

Scrapbooks: Personal and Community History in the Digital Age

They Can’t All Be Museums

Radical Common Sense: Revising the Collections Management Policy of the National Trust

Welcoming All Visitors: Accessible Programs at History Museums and Sites

Building Digital Archives: Lessons Learned from Four Crowdsourced Online Projects

The Battle for Vietnam: Understanding a Divisive Conflict through Museum Programming and Exhibitions

Big Impact for Small Museums: Internships as a Win-Win-Win for All Participants

Institutional Investment and Community Involvement in the Interpretation of Slavery

The Advantage: Keys to a Healthy Organization

To Use or Not to Use, or Keep? Ethical Issues in Collections 

The Who, What, and How of Tapping into New Scholarship for Your Site or Exhibit

Archival Adventures in Small Repositories

Bring Historic Preservation to Your Community

Take Me Out to the Ballpark: Building Community Engagement and Partnerships Through Exhibit Planning and Development



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.

Museum Management Tune-Up

Are you as good of a manager as you think you are? We’ll help you kick the tires, read the gauges, and help out if your check engine light is on! In this session, you’ll evaluate your own skills in the following areas: employee assessment and review, communication, time management, and work relationships.

Field Services Alliance Presents Navigating Legal Landmines in Museums and Archives

There are many aspects of running an archive and museum that are grounded in the law. This information-packed session addresses legal concerns surrounding oral history, collections, and digital copyright to help increase your legal literacy in recognizing and understanding the various concerns organizations face in these areas. The session is intended to be academic in nature and will not provide legal advice.

Your Most Valuable Partnership: Engaging Your Board to Ensure Success and Sustainability

Your relationship with your board matters—are you setting them up for success? Join colleagues from around the country to identify strategies you can use right away to ensure your board is engaged and effective.

Many Small Surveys, One Big Impact 

Systematic evaluation of teacher and student experiences across multiple programs, including field trips, can reveal powerful stories of institutional impact while exposing vast areas for improvement. Using examples from collaboration among fifteen Minnesota Historical Society sites, panelists explore evaluation challenges, provide do-it-yourself tools, and discuss how to use results effectively.

Support Young Children, Grow Future Audiences

At a very young age, children develop a sense of who they are and begin to construct meaning regarding their heritage, families, and communities. Through collections, cultural artifacts, and everyday objects, museums are in a unique position to provide important information that helps children gain insight about themselves and others. Consider the impact building relationships with young children and their families will have on the future of your institution.

Telling a Whole History: Methods of Interpreting Domestic Servants in Historic House Museums

PBS’ popular television show Downton Abbey has led to an increase in visitors’ interest in domestic service. Is your museum current with scholarship and new trends in interpretation of this phenomenon? Discuss methods and strategies for revitalizing interpretation in historic house museums to include the voices of domestic servants.