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October 2016

Webinar: Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion at Museums and Historic Sites

October 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $65

Museums and other history-minded institutions have the ability to connect a number of people--visitors, staff, volunteers, and stakeholders-- in a variety of different ways. But how can we make sure that all of the communities we serve, or want to serve, see themselves in both our exhibitions and learning opportunities and as content creators? This webinar will provide strategies for museums professionals to demonstrate cultural competency on multiple levels in order to help create a place for underrepresented communities at…

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Onsite Workshop: Reinventing the Historic House Museum

October 27, 2016
History Colorado, 1200 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203 United States
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$99 - $175

Reinventing the Historic House Museum October 27, 2016 History Colorado: Denver, Colorado Cost: $99 members/$175 nonmembers   This one-day symposium is designed to offer current thinking, practical information, and solutions to the challenges facing historic sites. The Historic House Museum in America is not dead nor is it dying. The field, however, needs to take time to reflect and renew as the world around our historic homes continues to change. The symposium will include presentations, discussion, a boxed lunch, historic…

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November 2016

Webinar: Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites

November 7, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $65

The Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites webinar will provide strategies for engaging with Native Americans beyond the legal framework of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), in order to work collaboratively, share authority, and incorporate multiple ways of knowing about the past into all interpretation about Native people, objects, histories, and cultures. Learn More Register

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Webinar: Historic House Call: Interpreting Servants

November 17, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Free

Downton Abbey may be over, but interest in the relationships between domestic servants and their employers lives on. Incorporating domestic servants into tours and programs continues to be an engaging way to provide a more inclusive and nuanced interpretation of the past. This Historic House Call will highlight primary source materials that can be applied broadly to the interpretation of domestic service and examples of successful tours and programs. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and examples to share. Cost:…

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Webinar: Accessibility and Inclusivity at Museums and Historic Sites

November 29, 2016
$40 - $65

How museums and historic sites can create inclusive programming and educational experiences for history lovers of all ages and abilities. Going beyond basic ADA compliance, this webinar will provide examples and strategies for cultural organizations to be better stewards of history and accessible to diverse audiences. Details: Date: November 29, 2017 Time: 3pm-4:15pm EST Cost: $40 AASLH Members/ $65 Nonmembers Register Full Description of the Webinar: Conversations about inclusivity and accessibility have become common place within the museum community. Issues…

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January 2017

Webinar: What are the AASLH Leadership in History Awards?

January 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Free

Details: Date: January 10, 2017 Time: 3pm EST Cost: Free for AASLH Members/Non-members Register Description: Have you always wondered what the AASLH awards program is? Do you feel that your organization is too small to win a national award? AASLH knows that organizations across the country do amazing work in the field of state and local history and want to recognize your efforts. Join this free informational webinar to learn about the program and why you should apply, no matter what…

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Applications Due for 2017 AASLH Workshop Scholarship

January 20, 2017

AASLH offers four scholarships for individuals to attend one of our 2017 onsite workshops. Applications must be postmarked or received by January 20, 2017 to be considered. Email questions to: mitchell@aaslh.org.  Scholarship Types: New Professionals (2): New professionals must have worked in the field for three years or less. Diversity Fellowship (2): Diversity fellowship applicants must represent a racial or ethnic minority group in the U.S Recipients receive registration fee reimbursement and a one year individual membership in AASLH. Recipient is…

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February 2017

Webinar: Take the Guesswork Out of Evaluation: How to Measure What Really Matters

February 8, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$25 - $65

Evaluating what your organization offers its audiences is critical and no longer a best practice reserved only for well-funded institutions. History organizations of all sizes, even those operating on a shoestring budget, can and should evaluate their programs. How else will you know whether you are meeting visitors’ expectations and fulfilling your mission? Register Details: Date: February 8, 2017 Time: 3pm EST/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific Cost: $25 StEPs Enrollees/ $40 AASLH Members/ $65 Nonmembers Register Full Description: Evaluating what your…

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Webinar: Peb Yog Hmoob Minnesota: Sharing Authority and Building Relationships with Your Communities

February 14, 2017

How can history museums become more equitable concerning the people and stories they interpret and collect? Join the creators of Peb Yog Hmoob Minnesota (We Are Hmong Minnesota) for a conversation about the process they used to develop their nationally award winning exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.  The entire project from palette to text was decided outside institutional control by the Hmong community – an idea still radical for many large and small history museums. The creators will share…

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Webinar: Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites

February 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $65

This Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites webinar will provide an introduction to strategies for using food and food history to develop interpretation with depth and significance, making relevant connections to contemporary issues and visitor interests. Join Michelle Moon and AASLH as we discuss how the field can better use our love of food to share our love of history. Register Details: Date: February 21, 2017 Time: 2 pm central/ 3 pm eastern Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers Register Full Description:…

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March 2017

Everyday Museum Advocacy

March 6, 2017
$40

Do your elected officials know how you serve their constituents?  Do you have champions for your organization? Are you prepared in the event legislation or policies are proposed that would adversely affect your museum? Advocacy involves communicating what your museum does and why it is important. Making advocacy a part of ongoing operations can help build a stronger institution. Staff at all levels, board members, volunteers, constituents, and the many people who value museums can all play a role.  This webinar will…

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#AASLHchat on Twitter: Museum Advocacy

March 7, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

On March 7 at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST/ 6:30 pm MST/ 7:30 pm CST), AASLH will hold a #AASLHchat on Twitter. The topic will be “Museum Advocacy" and is a continuation of our Everyday Museum Advocacy webinar happening the day before (Monday). To participate in the open chat, just watch the AASLH Twitter account (@AASLH) and/or the hashtag #AASLHchat at the chat time. Specific prompts will be given at that time. Anyone is welcome to participate in the conversation. You…

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Workshop: Project Management for History Professionals

March 8, 2017 - March 9, 2017
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75202 United States
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$475 - $560

AASLH’s popular Project Management for History Professionals workshop travels to Dallas this spring! Join us March 8th and 9th, 2017 at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Cost: $475 AASLH Members/ $560 Nonmembers *Get $40 off when you register by February 1, 2017!*   Register Project Management provides valuable instruction in planning, managing and successfully completing projects of all types. In this workshop, you will learn how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history context. Instruction will cover all…

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History Crash Course: The American Experience in World War I

March 28, 2017

This lecture webinar will offer a brief overview of current scholarship on the American experience in World War I, the key challenges facing smaller historical organizations seeking to mount exhibits on the war, some strategies for placing objects in their proper historical context, and ways to underscore the relevance of WWI for American society today. Register Details: Date: March 28, 2017 Time: 3pm EST/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii Cost: Free to all Register About the Lecturer: Jennifer D. Keene is a…

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April 2017

Webinar: Are You Ready for Volunteers?

April 4, 2017
$40 - $65

Many volunteer programs have existed with little or no formal processes and assessments in place. Often, there is no paid staff member who manages the volunteer program. The result is that the programs are often not well run, translating into high volunteer turnover, anemic buy-in from the organization’s management and staff, and ultimately, low program success. This webinar will address how to plan for a volunteer program at your history organization or how to improve the program that you currently…

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Webinar: Steps to Environmental Sustainability

April 5, 2017
$25 - $65

Environmental sustainability offers important pathways for strengthening your organization and improving its relevance within the community. This webinar explores how it’s possible to align your mission and environmental goals for the benefit of your organization. Register Details: Date: April 5, 2017 Time: 3pm EST/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific Cost: $25 StEPs Enrollees/ $40 AASLH Members/ $65 Nonmembers Register Full Description: Environmental sustainability offers important pathways for strengthening your organization and improving its relevance within the community. This webinar explores how it’s…

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Webinar: Developing a Successful Volunteer Recruitment Program

April 11, 2017
$40 - $65

We know having volunteers in the wings who can give eight hours a day is no longer the case. Recruitment is a process that enables the selection of the right people for the right task. Recruitment is understanding the environment where people want to volunteer and the time they have to give. Learn more about recruitment and gain practical tools for running a successful volunteer recruitment program. Register Details: Date: April 11, 2017 Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers When you register for…

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Webinar: Training Volunteers

April 26, 2017
$40 - $65

How can we train our volunteers for projects that will help them make a difference in our organizations? And how do we make it fun and empowering while avoiding conflicts? Learn about training tips and tactics that can stimulate the long-term sustainability of a volunteer program. This session will be presented by staff from two Field Services offices and will be jam-packed with ideas for how to train volunteers and make their service a rewarding experience. Register Details: Date: April…

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May 2017

Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites

May 4, 2017
$40 - $65

This webinar will provide an introduction to interpreting LGBT history at museums and historic sites. We will discuss first steps in planning LGBT interpretive efforts, which include: deciding if the time is right for your organization to interpret LGBT history; approaching the sources; conceptualizing your story; and trust-building. Drawing on numerous case studies, Dr. Ferentinos will offer a range of success stories and suggest what we can learn from these examples. Register Details: Date: May 4, 2017 Time: 3pm EST/2pm…

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June 2017

Facebook for Museums & Historic Sites

June 13, 2017
$40 - $65

Facebook is used by over 100 million adult Americans every day and is the most popular social networking site in the US and the world. It’s important that museums and historic sites know how to effectively use this platform to increase awareness of their institution, further their mission, engage their audience online, and inspire new and existing audiences to visit. Join AASLH’s Hannah Hethmon for an in-depth look at Facebook for museums and historic sites. Topics covered will include: -Creating…

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July 2017

Twitter for Museums & Historic Sites

July 11, 2017
$40 - $65

Today, Twitter is often the first place news breaks, the best way for strangers all over the world to discuss a similar interest, a direct connection to celebrities and politicians, and many more applications. How does your organization fit into the pictures? When used effectively, museums and historic sites can use Twitter to increase awareness of their institution, further their mission, engage their audience online, and inspire new and existing audiences to visit. Ready to get started or improve your…

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Instagram for Museums and Historic Sites

July 25, 2017
$40 - $65

Instagram is a growing image-sharing platform where younger audiences (and older ones too) share everything from casual snapshots to professional photography and art. Increasingly, Instagram connects artists, photographers, and influences around shared locations, interests, and hobbies. Museums and historic sites are well-positioned to use Instagram to increase awareness of their institution, further their mission, engage their audience online, and inspire new and existing audiences to visit. In this webinar, AASLH’s Hannah Hethmon will give an in-depth lesson on Instagramming for…

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August 2017

History Crash Course: Immigration in a Changing America

August 2, 2017
Free

Immigration has always been a major driver of both change and debate in U.S. history. This webinar - organized by the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota and led by historian, author, and IHRC Director Erika Lee, IHRC Program Coordinator Saengmany Ratsabout, and Immigrant Stories Project Manager Dr. Elizabeth Venditto - will introduce key themes in immigration history and the main issues that historians are considering in today’s highly-charged climate. In particular, we will use the IHRC's #ImmigrationSyllabus which…

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Interpreting Anniversaries and Milestones at Museums and Historic Sites

August 8, 2017
$40 - $65

This Interpreting Anniversaries and Milestones at Museums and Historic Sites webinar will provide a wealth of ideas to jump start your anniversary planning.  Everyone has an anniversary coming up – why reinvent the wheel?  Learn from what others have already accomplished in their own communities. This webinar will discuss why people are drawn to celebrating and commemorating anniversaries in their own lives and in their communities, as well as the institutional benefits of planning this type of programming.  Then we…

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October 2017

Workshop: Reinventing the Historic House Museum

October 5, 2017
$30

Reinventing the Historic House Museum is a one-day symposium is designed to offer current thinking, practical information, and solutions to the challenges facing historic sites. The Historic House Museum in America is not dead nor is it dying. The field, however, needs to take time to reflect and renew as the world around our historic homes continues to change. The symposium will include presentations by historic house game-changers and local historic site administrators, discussion, a boxed lunch, historic site visit, and…

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Webinar: Best Practices for Developing History Internships

October 24, 2017
$40 - $65

Creating an internship program at your historic site can not only benefit your organization, but should also benefit your interns and lets you help develop the next generation of history professionals. This webinar will give you tips and strategies for creating an internship program that both you and your interns will get something out of.  We’ll cover the ethics of internships, best practices for managing interns, and a look at some common challenges and possible solutions. You’ll leave with ideas…

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Bringing the Past to the Present: Contemporary Issues at Historic Sites and Museums

October 25, 2017
$40 - $65

Are you interested in connecting your site’s history with a current issue? Or wondering how you can use your site to spark dialogue and encourage visitors to take action? Or to navigate sensitive conversations with co-workers and visitors who might be resistant to discussing contemporary topics? This interactive webinar will explore how historic sites and museums can bring contemporary issues to light at their sites. Using Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site as a case study, speakers Lauren Zalut and Annie Anderson will discuss their…

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December 2017

Digital Humanities for State and Local History

December 7, 2017
$40 - $65

This webinar is designed to introduce digital technologies, approaches, and platforms to those interested in developing digital state and local history in low and no-cost environments. We will define the field, explore a subset of projects that can serve as a model for one’s own, and discuss common issues beginners face in becoming fluent in digital humanities. Digital archiving, storytelling, visualization, and data analysis will all be discussed through explorations of OpenRefine, Scalar, Tableau, Carto, Murkutu, and other tools. In…

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January 2018

Webinar: Growing Things: Case Studies in Interpreting Agriculture

January 30
$40 - $65

Farm to fork – Community Supported Agriculture – Locally sourced foods. Any AASLH member can find ways to connect their institution to these hot topics. Presenters in this webinar share their successes in linking site-specific and culturally distinct stories to the big topic of agriculture. They show that place matters, that nature and the environment provide a foundation to interpret farming, and that institutions from historic houses and historical societies to metro parks (rural, urban, and suburban) have the resources…

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March 2018

Workshop: Exhibit Makeovers

March 5 - March 6
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr
Charlotte, NC 28215 United States
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$230 - $345
Exhibit Makeovers

Interpretive exhibits bring objects, images, and ideas to life for visitors through storytelling, diverse presentation media, and learning opportunities that engage multiple types of intelligence. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of exhibit planning, organization, text writing, and design. Drawing on resources of the host institution, working hands-on in small groups, you’ll experiment with ways to make exhibit content meaningful and memorable for visitors. View a Sample Agenda Register Date: March 5-6, 2018 Cost: $230 AASLH members/$345 nonmembers *Get $40 off…

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Webinar: Telling the Whole Story: Strategies for Representation from “#1 in Civil Rights”

March 13
$40 - $65
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Most of us understand that representation is powerfully important in museums and that history organizations have a clear responsibility to build diversity and inclusion in our exhibits and interpretation.  Yet our institutions’ past collecting choices may not have been in sync with our current aspirations for inclusion.  To bridge this gap and create the acclaimed exhibit #1 in Civil Rights the African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, Missouri Historical Society developed practical techniques and strategies for telling the whole…

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Workshop: Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions

March 15 - March 16
Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane
Louisville, KY 40207-1168 United States
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$230 - $345
Focusing on Visitors

This workshop provides a broad overview of public programming and exhibits with a focus on active learning. Seasoned educators will direct conversations about museum education and the role of museum educators. Participants will leave the workshop with information and materials they can take back to their organizations to adapt and apply.Through interactive activities and case studies, participants will gain knowledge and tools for a wide range of relevant topics, including audience types, volunteer management and training, tour techniques, active learning…

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Webinar: Historic House Call: Immersive Education in Historic House Museums

March 21
$40

This webinar will look at the unique way the Molly Brown House Museum and Byers-Evans House Museum in Denver, CO have reworked their spaces to bring in more immersive, hands-on sensory learning not only for school children but new groups including young professionals, repeat visitors, and the like.  This webinar will inspire attendees to look at their space in a whole new way and not be afraid to look beyond the ropes. Access the Recording Details: Date: March 21, 2018…

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April 2018

Implementing NAGPRA: The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

April 4
$40 - $65

Do you know if NAGPRA applies to any of your institution’s collections? Almost 30 years after the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), there is still misunderstanding and confusion among some in the museum community regarding its requirements and procedures. In this session we will discuss the basics of NAGPRA, explore the benefits of tribal consultation, and share resources for museums. You will feel more confident engaging with NAGPRA implementation and consulting with tribal partners, even…

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Webinar: History Check-In: The Lost Cause: The Confederacy’s Most Enduring Myth

April 17
$20 - $30

This webinar will explore the origins and effects of the Lost Cause. The term “Lost Cause” has received a great deal of media attention lately in discussions of removing Confederate monuments. But what does it mean? Who promoted it? Why? How and why does it still capture the American imagination? In a survey of the period between 1865 and the present, this webinar will examine the ways in which this “best case scenario” of the Confederacy was crafted and imparted…

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June 2018

Webinar: Is it Time for Your Organization to Enroll in StEPs?

June 7
FREE

Let’s face it. Few of us are drawn to museum work because we want to tackle national museum standards. We love history, stories, photographs, artifacts, historic structures, and the other joys of our work. Thinking about national standards can make us feel overwhelmed; a reminder of how little time there is to accomplish all that needs to be done. Attention to museum standards is necessary, however. Standards, like those that address the “legal, ethical, and effective care of collections and…

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Workshop: Reinventing the Historic House Museum

June 8
Hawks Inn and Delafield History Center, 426 Wells St
Delafield, WI 53018 United States
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$50
Reinventing the Historic House Museum

Reinventing the Historic House Museum is a one-day symposium is designed to offer current thinking, practical information, and solutions to the challenges facing historic sites. The Historic House Museum in America is not dead nor is it dying. The field, however, needs to take time to reflect and renew as the world around our historic homes continues to change. The symposium will include presentations by historic house game-changers and local historic site administrators, discussion, a boxed lunch, historic site visit, and…

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Workshop: Historic House Museum Issues and Operations

June 11 - June 12
The Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, 15415 Don Julian Road
City of Industry, CA 91745 United States
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$230 - $345
Historic House Museums Issues and Operations

Why are historic houses necessary to their communities? How are historic house museums unique? This workshop focuses on the unique needs, management, and interpretation of historic houses. With a focus on historic house museums, topics covered include collections care, types of research appropriate for historic house museums, exhibition development, interpretive tours, volunteers, and building and landscape maintenance. See a sample agenda Register Details: Date: June 11-12, 2018 Location: Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum | City of Industry, CA Cost: $230…

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