This curriculum is intended for use by service providers  (field service programs, state and regional museum associations, etc.), consultants, and others who present training workshops for paid and unpaid staff of museums, historical societies, historic houses and other organizations. The curriculum content is based on standards in the StEPs program and geared for small- to mid-sized organizations.

The focus of the workshop is helping participants understand how to find and tell real, compelling stories, how to address difficult issues within their community, and how to present stories to make their museum or site more relevant to visitors and its community. The curriculum was developed by Sarah Pharaon, Sites of Conscience.

The curriculum materials were made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Important Note: You are free to add your logo and contact information to the materials and to make changes in order to tailor the agenda, Powerpoint slides, handouts, etc., to fit your needs. AASLH does require, however, that you credit AASLH and StEPS in all of your materials with the following statement, “This workshop is adapted from materials provided the American Association for State and Local History and its StEPs program.” Additionally, we ask that at the beginning of any workshops you present based on these materials, you include the brief StEPs overview.

Download Curriculum Documents:

Powerpoint Slides

Handout A

Handout B

Handout C

Handout D1

Handout D2

Handout D3

Handout E

 Instructor’s Guide