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October 2013

What is StEPs?

October 9, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Time. People. Funding. We all want more of these elusive resources. While the StEPs program can’t provide more money, more hours in the day, or more workers, it does offer a sound structure for helping everyone within your organization work efficiently, focus on common goals, and communicate your organization’s success in ways that build credibility and support. StEPs is designed specifically for small- and mid-size history museums, historic sites and homes including all-volunteer ones. Join us for this free informational…

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Are You Ready for Volunteers

October 16, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
$40 - $115

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 have.…

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Developing a Successful Volunteer Recruitment Program

October 18, 2013 @ 2:00 am - 3:15 pm

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. That is what this webinar is about, so sign up now. Webinar begins at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific

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The Basics of Archives

October 21, 2013 - November 15, 2013
$85 - $160

The Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. Proceed at your own pace through this online workshop. The course is web-based and takes 15-20 hours to complete. There are no required times to be online. You may finish the course anytime during the four-week course period. More Information

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What is Visitors Count?

October 22, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

It's not enough to base your museum or site's definition of success on visitation totals, budget reports, or staff goals and objectives. Successful organizations understand what people expect, need, and want when visiting., and what will bring them back again, Visitors Count! helps you collect the feedback and data only your visitors can provide. And we deliver professional and confidential analysis of your visitor survey results. This Free informational webinar is an opportunity for mid- and large-sized institutions to learn…

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Project Management for History Professionals

October 28, 2013 @ 8:00 am - November 22, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
$350 - $425

This ten-module online course improves how history museums operate and serve their community by teaching Project Management to history professionals. Improve your everyday work process in exhibitions, programming, fundraising, special events, outreach, and collections care. More Information

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November 2013

Getting Ready for Grants

November 20, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

It's all in the preparation! Successful applications have more to do with institutional and project preparation than the writing, really. In this fast-pasted, fun, slightly off-the-wall session we will discuss the characteristics of a grant-ready institution and a grant-ready project, and then review the important components of the proposal-writing team and a successful proposal. No need to have a project or grant deadline yet, just an interest in getting ready to get grants. Webinar begins at 3 pm Eastern/12 pm…

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December 2013

2014 AASLH Workshop Scholarships Now Available

December 17, 2013 @ 12:00 am - January 16, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

AASLH offers four scholarships for individuals that meet the new professional or diversity fellowship requirements to attend one of our 2014 onsite workshops. Applicants should be a paid employee of a history organization. Applications must be postmarked or received by January 16, 2014 to be considered. More Information

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January 2014

The Basics of Archives

January 6, 2014 - February 7, 2014
$85 - $160

The Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. Proceed at your own pace through this online workshop covering the basics of archive management and practices. The course is web-based and takes 15-20 hours to complete. There are no required times to be online. You may finish the course…

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What is the AASLH Leadership in History Awards and Why Should I Apply?

January 9, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

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 your budget size. Also get tips for how to put together an award-winning nomination.…

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Developing a Membership Marketing Plan

January 15, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

Does your organization’s membership program need a jumpstart? Are you wanting to grow new members? Join a lively discussion about how to develop a membership marketing plan for your organization and increase revenue for your organization. For More Information

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Discount Deadline for Exhibit Makeovers

January 27, 2014
The Tennessee State Museum, 505 Deadrick Street
Nashville, TN 37243 United States
+ Google Map
$270 - $350

Last day to register and receive early-bird discount for this upcoming workshop. Interpretive exhibits bring objects, images, and ideas to life for visitors through storytelling, diverse presentation media, and learning opportunities that engage multiple intelligences. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of exhibit planning, organization, text writing, and more. Using examples, you will experiment with  ways to make exhibit content meaningful and memorable for visitors. Workshop Dates: March 3-4, 2014 $40 Discount off of above rate received at checkout.…

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Historic House Call: Creating Engaging and Memorable Tours Webinar

January 30, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Boring, uninspiring tours are a burden for the whole history field; they do nothing to encourage repeat visitation or positive word-of-mouth reputation. This Historic House Call session presents the key elements necessary for creating engaging and memorable tour experiences that enhance visitors’ personal connections with historic houses and sites. The online webinar discussion will be led by Dale Jones, founder of Making History Connections. January 30, 2014 2-3 pm eastern Deadline for Registration: January 29 Free for AASLH Members For…

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February 2014

Are You Ready for Volunteers?

February 11, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

Many volunteer programs have existed with little or no formal processes and assessments in place. This webinar will address how to plan for a volunteer program at your history organization or how to improve the program that you currently have. More Information  

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Discount Deadline Project Management for History Professionals

February 13, 2014
$475 - $560

Last day to register and receive early-bird discount for this upcoming workshop to be held March 13-14, 2014. This unique two-day workshop improves how history museum operate and serve their community by teaching the fundamentals of project management to history professionals. Everyday work—exhibitions, programming, fundraising, special events, outreach, and collections care—benefit from the knowledge gained. Registration for the onsite workshop also includes access to an online course with related material. Workshop Dates: March 13-14, 2014 $40 Discount off of above rate…

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Developing a Successful Volunteer Recruitment Program

February 13, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

We know having volunteers in the wings who can give eight hours a day is no longer the case. Join this webinar to learn how to build a volunteer program that utilizes those who may not be the traditional volunteer. February 13, 2013 3:00-4:15 pm Eastern More Information

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Discount Deadline for Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions

February 27, 2014
$270 - $350

Last day to register and receive early-bird discount for this upcoming workshop. This workshop provides a broad overview of education and public programming focusing on active learning at different kinds of history organizations. Through interactive activities and case studies, participants will learn about audience types, volunteer management and training, tour techniques, active learning with people of all ages. Developing exhibits with visitors in mind, technology, evaluations, planning, and working with others to build programs.  Participants will leave the workshop with…

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March 2014

Exhibit Makeovers

March 3, 2014 - March 4, 2014
The Tennessee State Museum, 505 Deadrick Street
Nashville, TN 37243 United States
+ Google Map
$270 - $350

Interpretive exhibits bring objects, images, and ideas to life for visitors through storytelling, diverse presentation media, and learning opportunities that engage multiple intelligences. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of exhibit planning, organization, text writing, and more. Using examples, you will experiment with  ways to make exhibit content meaningful and memorable for visitors. For More Information

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Discount Deadline for Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students

March 10, 2014
Ohio Historical Society, 800 E. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211 United States
+ Google Map
$270 - $350

Last day to register and receive early-bird discount for this upcoming workshop. Through a combination of presentations, discussions, hands-on activities, and take-home materials, this workshop will address the various elements of museum education and program planning needed to create an engaging, educational, and successful program with a focus on collections-based programming. Topics will include learning styles, presentation strategies, audience types, planning strategies and program assessment, using research, training staff, and crafting programming that is meaningful to the education community. Presented…

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Project Management for History Professionals

March 13, 2014 - March 14, 2014
Arizona Historical Society, 1300 N. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281 United States
+ Google Map
$475 - $560

This unique two-day workshop improves how history museum operate and serve their community by teaching the fundamentals of project management to history professionals. Everyday work—exhibitions, programming, fundraising, special events, outreach, and collections care—benefit from the knowledge gained. Registration for the onsite workshop also includes access to an online course with related material.

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Discount Deadline for Historic House Museum Issues and Operations

March 20, 2014
Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
+ Google Map
$270 - $350

Last day to register and receive early-bird discount for this upcoming workshop to be held April 24-25, 2014. This workshop focuses on the unique needs, management, and interpretation of historic houses. Topics covered include collections care, types of research appropriate for historic house museums, exhibition development, interpretive tours, volunteers, and building and landscape maintenance. Workshop Dates:  April 24-25, 2014 $40 Discount off of above rate received at checkout. More Information

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Developing a Membership Marketing Plan Webinar

March 25, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

Due to demand, we are offering this webinar again. Join us for a lively discussion about how to develop a membership marketing plan for your organization and increase revenue. Does your organization's membership program need a jumpstart? Are you wanting to grow new members? Everything has changed when it comes to membership and engagement. Learn about the Membership Life Cycle and how to engage your audience to turn them into members, and keep them! March 25, 2014,  3 pm Eastern Enrollment…

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Historic House Call: Talking about Change at Historic Sites

March 27, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free for AASLH Members

This Historic House Call will talk about this dilemma and offer some suggestions about talking about change with your board and staff at your historic site, based on Harvard Business School professor John Kotter’s book A Sense of Urgency. More Information

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April 2014

Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions

April 3, 2014 - April 4, 2014
Governor John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 United States
+ Google Map
$270 - $350

This workshop provides a broad overview of education and public programming focusing on active learning at different kinds of history organizations. Through interactive activities and case studies, participants will learn about audience types, volunteer management and training, tour techniques, active learning with people of all ages. Developing exhibits with visitors in mind, technology, evaluations, planning, and working with others to build programs. Participants will leave the workshop with information and materials they can take back to their organizations to adapt…

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Project Management for History Professionals

April 7, 2014 - May 9, 2014
$350 - $425

This ten-module online course improves how history museum operate and serve their community by teaching Project Management to history professionals. Improve your everyday work process in exhibitions, programming, fundraising, special events, outreach, and collections care. More Information

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Discount Deadline 2014 Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference

April 18, 2014
Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, AR United States + Google Map
$2 - $300

Registration is now open! Beyond the Presidency: Historical Context and Modern Reality June 2-5, 2014  Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, Arkansas Presidential sites are the memory keepers of each presidency. They remind us of the best each of these Presidents had to offer in leadership, character, and service. But should they offer only a snapshot in history? Photos, footage, documents, costumes, and artifacts that immerse us in an earlier time in our own or our Nation's historical life allow us…

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Historic House Museum Issues and Operations

April 24, 2014 - April 25, 2014
Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
+ Google Map
$270 - $350

This workshop focuses on the unique needs, management, and interpretation of historic houses. Topics covered include collections care, types of research appropriate for historic house museums, exhibition development, interpretive tours, volunteers, and building and landscape maintenance. More Information

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StEPs UP Day

April 30, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
$40

StEPs UP Day 2014 is an exclusive online event for organizations and museums enrolled in the StEPS program. Meet with other museums, sites, and staff enrolled in the program; network; celebrate progress; and learn from the best! Tickets go on Sale April 7. More Information

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May 2014

Discount Deadline for Collections Management and Practices

May 8, 2014
Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, 3215 State Street
Omaha, NE 68112 United States
+ Google Map
$270 - $345

Last day to register and receive early-bird deadline discount for this upcoming workshop. This two day workshop offers the opportunity to learn about your institution’s responsibility to its collection, improve policies and procedures, and hear about the best practices of collections care. Workshop Dates: June 12-13, 2014 $40 Discount off of above rate received at checkout. More Information

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Discount Deadline for Collections Camp: Military History

May 14, 2014
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105 United States
+ Google Map
$300 - $350

Last day to register and receive early-bird discount for this upcoming workshop. This three-day workshop will focus on the care, conservation, and exhibition of military artifacts in museum collections. Spend time working with conservators and curators to learn how to be better stewards of our military history collection. Workshop Dates: June 18-20, 2014 $40 Discount off of above rate received at checkout. More Information

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The Basics of Archives

May 19, 2014 - June 13, 2014
$85 - $160

Proceed at your own pace through this online workshop covering the basics of archive management and practices. The course is web-based and takes 15-20 hours to complete. There are no required times to be online. You may finish the course anytime during the four-week course period. Registration is now open. More Information

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June 2014

2014 Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference

June 2, 2014 - June 5, 2014
Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, AR United States + Google Map
$2 - $300

This national conference is held every four years and is hosted at a site with connections to the American presidency and includes attendees representing institutions from all regions of the country and from across the spectrum of the historical profession. This national conference is held every four years and is hosted at a site with connections to the American presidency and includes attendees representing institutions from all regions of the country and from across the spectrum of the historical profession.…

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Small Museum Pro! Small Museum Administration Online Course

June 2, 2014 - July 25, 2014
$199 - $300

This course proposes that museum administration and leadership matter, regardless the size or focus of your organization. Topics include governance and administrative structure, nonprofit status, mission and vision, board and staff responsibilities, the relationship between board and staff, strategic planning, human resource management, and leadership. More Information

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Small Museum Pro! Museum Education and Outreach Online Course

June 2, 2014 - July 25, 2014
$199 - $300

At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are educational organizations. This course is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums. Registration is now open! More Information  

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Collections Management and Practices

June 12, 2014 - June 13, 2014
Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, 3215 State Street
Omaha, NE 68112 United States
+ Google Map
$270 - $345

Participants will learn about their institution’s responsibility toward its collection, the necessary policies and procedures, and the best practices of collection management. During lively group discussions and hands-on activities, participants will become familiar with current issues and trends to better understand how collections fit within the context of history organizations. More Information

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Collections Camp: Military History

June 18, 2014 - June 20, 2014
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105 United States
+ Google Map
$300 - $350

This three-day workshop will focus on the care, conservation, and exhibition of military artifacts in museum collections. Spend time working with conservators and curators to learn how to be better stewards of your military history collection. More Information

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July 2014

Project Management for History Professionals

July 15, 2014 - July 16, 2014
The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd
Dearborn, 48124
+ Google Map
$475 - $560

This unique two-day workshop improves how history museum operate and serve their community by teaching the fundamentals of project management to history professionals. Everyday work—exhibitions, programming, fundraising, special events, outreach, and collections care—benefit from the knowledge gained. Registration for the onsite workshop also includes access to an online course with related material. More Information

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August 2014

Historic House Calls: Using Futures Thinking to Navigate Ongoing Change

August 20, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free for AASLH Members

This House Call introduces basic concepts of strategic foresight and examines how historical organizations can play a role in responding to, and preparing for, continual change. We will review helpful foresight techniques and discuss how historic house museums can integrate futures thinking into their strategic planning and daily operations. Historic House Calls are online discussions featuring hot topics for historic house museums. Led by experts in the field, and moderated by members of AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee, they…

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Getting Ready for Grants

August 26, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40 - $115

It’s all in the preparation!  Successful applications have more to do with institutional and project preparation than with writing -- really. In this fast-paced, fun, slightly off-the-wall session we will discuss the characteristics of a grant-ready institution and a grant-ready project, and then review the important components of the proposal-writing team and a successful proposal. 3-4 pm eastern Deadline for Registration: August 22 $40 AASLH Members/$115 Nonmembers Limited to 100 attendees More Information

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Writing the Grant – What’s the Process Like? Webinar

August 27, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40 - $115

Proposal-writing is not rocket science. It’s a skill - and a bit of an art – and anyone can learn. If your institution is ready to attract grants, and you’ve organized your project well, then it’s time to write. August 27, 2014 3-4 pm eastern Deadline for Registration: August 22 More Information

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September 2014

AASLH 2014 Annual Meeting

September 17, 2014 - September 20, 2014
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 11 East Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, 55101
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St. Paul, Minnesota September 17-20 The AASLH Annual Meeting is the one time each year we gather for networking and professional development. It’s a crucial part of our profession, to gather with peers, discuss ideas, and refresh yourself with passion! Read more on the reasons to attend an Annual Meeting and tips for gaining travel approval. Join us this year in St. Paul! More Information

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AASLH Online Conference

September 19, 2014 @ 8:00 am - September 20, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

Held every year in conjunction with the Annual Meeting, the AASLH Online Conference provides an opportunity for you, your colleagues, and volunteers to attend the annual meeting virtually. Six sessions plus over 15 podcasts recorded at the onsite conference. For more information

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October 2014

Are You Ready for Volunteers Webinar

October 21, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

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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Developing a Successful Volunteer Recruitment Program Webinar

October 23, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

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

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November 2014

2015 Call for Proposals Deadline

November 17, 2014

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will present its 2015 annual meeting in Louisville, KY, from September 16-20 and is seeking session proposals for the meeting. Learn more

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Webinar: The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums: Poetic Preservation

November 21, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
FREE for AASLH Members

What would our historic sites look like if we completely threw out the traditional historic house model and tried truly out-of-the-box thinking to engage visitors? The idea is being tested at the Historic House Trust of New York City. The concept, called The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums, was developed by Franklin Vagnone and Deborah E. Ryan. It calls for the holistic reexamination of the current historic house museum model and the establishment of a paradigm from the perspective…

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December 2014

Webinar: StEPs Lab 1 – Deaccessioning: The Devil’s in the Details

December 4, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
$25 - $115

When it comes to removing accessioned items from your museum’s collection, the devil is definitely in the details. A policy that addresses the disposal, trade, or sale of any collection item is an essential document for every museum, historic house or other collecting organization. And, paid and unpaid staff plus committee and board members need to be well-informed of that policy. Learn more.

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January 2015

The Basics of Archives – Online Course

January 12, 2015 - February 13, 2015
$85 - $160

Proceed at your own pace through this online workshop covering the basics of archive management and practices. The course is web-based and takes 15-20 hours to complete. There are no required times to be online. You may finish the course anytime during the four-week course period. This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with archival materials. Registration is now open.…

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What are the AASLH Leadership in History Awards and Why Should I Apply? – Webinar

January 13, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
FREE

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 your budget size. Also get tips for how to put together an award-winning nomination.…

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Deadline to Apply for AASLH Workshop Scholarships

January 15, 2015

AASLH offers four scholarships for individuals that meet the new professional or diversity fellowship requirements to attend one of our 2015 onsite workshops. - Applicants should be a paid employee of a history organization. - Applications must be submitted online by January 15, 2015 to be considered. - Recipients receive registration fee reimbursement and a one year individual membership in AASLH. - Recipient is responsible for his/her own transportation, lodging, and meals. To apply, respond to the questions on the…

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Developing a Membership Marketing Plan – Webinar

January 15, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
$40 - $115

Does your organization’s membership program need a jumpstart? Are you wanting to grow new members? Join us for a lively discussion about how to develop a membership marketing plan for your organization and increase revenue. Everything has changed when it comes to membership and engagement. Learn about the Membership Life Cycle and how to engage your audience to turn them into members, and keep them! When the webinar is complete, you will have not only a model on how to develop strategies, but also…

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Leadership and Administration in History Organizations – Online Course

January 26, 2015 @ 8:00 am - March 20, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
$199 - $300

This course proposes that museum administration and leadership matter, regardless the size or focus of your organization. Topics include governance and administrative structure, nonprofit status, mission and vision, board and staff responsibilities, the relationship between board and staff, strategic planning, human resource management, and leadership. In addition to weekly reading and assignments, participants will have the opportunity to create a Board Member Orientation Packet/Handbook for board member training at your organization or prepare a written reflection on what constitutes effective museum…

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February 2015

Getting Ready for Grants – Webinar

February 4, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

In this fast-paced, fun, slightly off-the-wall session we will discuss the characteristics of a grant-ready institution and a grant-ready project, and then review the important components of the proposal-writing team and a successful proposal. Limited to 100 attendees Learn more  

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StEPs Lab 2 – Money Talks: How to Discuss Financial Information with Your Board

February 5, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$25 - $115

People say that money talks. Too often, however, people don’t want to talk about money. Board members and directors often shy away from talking about finances beyond a cursory approval of the budget and financial reports until there is a crisis. Ongoing monitoring and conversations about finances are the foundation of a healthy organization. In this StEPs Lab, we will discuss how to use transparent budgets (based on real information) and effective financial reports to focus the board in the right…

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Developing a Membership Marketing Plan – Workshop

February 10, 2015
Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum, 636 Farrell Parkway
Nashville, TN 37220 United States
+ Google Map
$95 - $170

Does you membership program operate on the assumption that people will renew this year because they did last year? It’s not enough to assume your members will support your organization because it does good things. The trends of the past two decades have changed everything when it comes to membership and engagement, and where people choose to spend their money and give their support. A true membership plan is not just having a program in place that delivers benefits to…

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Writing the Grant – What’s the Process Like? – Webinar

February 11, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

We’ll look at where to look for good information to make your case; what to do and what not to do when choosing words and examples; how to help yourself over writing-blocks; and how to help get the application in on time! Learn more  

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Historic House Museum Issues and Operations – Workshop

February 26, 2015 - February 27, 2015
Historic Charleston Foundation,
$270 - $345

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. $40 Discount if payment received by January 22 Learn more

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March 2015

Project Management for History Professionals – Workshop

March 10, 2015 - March 11, 2015
National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
+ Google Map
$475 - $550

Whether you wear one hat, two hats, five hats or you’ve lost count, sometimes we who work in history and museums need to go outside the field to gain the training needed to make sure our hats fit well. Invest in your institution’s ability to successfully complete projects and serve your community by planning to join us for the Project Management workshop hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. AASLH’s Project Management for History…

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Exhibit Makeovers – Workshop

March 12, 2015 - March 13, 2015
Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, WA United States + Google Map
$270 - $345

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. $40 discount if payment received by February 5 Learn More

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Are You Ready for Volunteers? – Webinar

March 17, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

This webinar will address how to plan for a volunteer program at your history organization or how to improve the program that you currently have. Learn more

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Developing a Successful Volunteer Recruitment Program – Webinar

March 26, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

Recruiting volunteers is a process that enables the selection of the right people for the right task. Join us as we explore this topic. Learn more

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Historic House Call: Outsourcing Strategies for Historic Sites — Webinar

March 27, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free for members

Historic sites and house museums are increasingly outsourcing management and visitor services functions to gain operating efficiencies and to control cost.  In this Historic House Call, Lawrence Yerdon, President and CEO of Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, will discuss the pros and cons of outsourcing as a strategy and share his experience at outsourcing the management of Strawbery Banke’s gift shop.  The call will be moderated by Joshua Campbell Torrance, executive director of Woodlawn in Ellsworth, Maine, where outsourcing…

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April 2015

Caring for Museum Collections Online Course

April 20, 2015 @ 8:00 am - June 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
$199 - $300

This eight-week online course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management. This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with conservation of collections. Registration is now closed! Learn more

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Reinventing the Historic House Museum – Workshop

April 21, 2015
Strawbery Banke, 14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 United States
+ Google Map
$95 - $170

SOLD OUT This one-day symposium is designed to offer current thinking, practical information, and solutions to the challenges facing historic sites. The symposium will include presentations, discussion, a boxed lunch, historic site visit, and a brainstorming workshop at a historic house museum to try out the new ideas proposed during the symposium. Each event will also include the perspective of a local historic site administrator as well as an onsite experience session at a historic house museum. This workshop is…

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June 2015

Reinventing the Historic House Museum — Workshop

June 12, 2015
Margaret Mitchell House, 990 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309 United States
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$95 - $170

This one-day symposium is designed to offer current thinking, practical information, and solutions to the challenges facing historic sites. The symposium will include presentations, discussion, a boxed lunch, historic site visit, and a brainstorming workshop at a historic house museum to try out the new ideas proposed during the symposium. Each event will also include the perspective of a local historic site administrator as well as an onsite experience session at a historic house museum. Registration is now open. Learn…

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Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students – Workshop

June 17, 2015 - June 18, 2015
Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL United States + Google Map
$270 - $345

Topics include learning styles, presentation strategies, audience types, planning strategies and program assessment, using research, training staff, and crafting programming that is meaningful to the education community. $40 discount if payment received by May 13 Learn more

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Collections Camp: Paper — Workshop

June 22, 2015 - June 23, 2015
Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, 46202 United States
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$300 - $375

This two-day workshop concentrates on the care and conservation of paper objects in historical collections. Participants will learn the specific needs of paper objects and get hands-on experience in dealing with their care and conservation. This workshop is targeted to experienced staff and volunteers with responsibility for paper based collections. Topics to be covered include: an introduction to preservation of historical collections, materials, and demonstration/hands-on participation. $40 discount if payment received by May 18. Learn more

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Basics of Archives Online Course

June 22, 2015 @ 8:00 am - July 24, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
$85 - $160

The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. The course consists of five lessons: Archives and Archivists, Acquiring Your Collections, Processing Collections, Housing Your Collections, and Access and Outreach. Basics of Archives is web-based and takes 15-20 hours to complete. There are no required times to be online. You may…

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StEPs Lab 3 “The ABCs of FICs: What to do about ‘Found in the Collection’ Items”

June 24, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
$25 - $115

In this StEPs Lab, we’ll discuss FICs, those mysterious artifacts that show up in your collection without a signed deed of gift or other paperwork. Date: June 24, 2015 Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern $25 for organizations enrolled in StEPs; $40 for non-StEPs museums; $115 for non-AASLH members Learn More

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July 2015

Project Management for History Professionals – Workshop

July 14, 2015 - July 15, 2015
Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, 46202 United States
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$475 - $550

Whether you wear one hat, two hats, five hats or you’ve lost count, sometimes we who work in history and museums need to go outside the field to gain the training needed to make sure our hats fit well. Invest in your institution’s ability to successfully complete projects and serve your community by registering for the Project Management workshop. This fast-paced, two-day course that will teach you the basics of successful project management so you can wear the hat of project…

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Historic House Call: Deaccessioning in the Historic House

July 29, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Got too much stuff, but don't know how to get rid of it without raising the ire of the locals?  Join Matt Davis, Director of the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, GA, for a frank conversation on the good, the bad, and the ugly of streamlining your collection. Historic House Calls are online discussions featuring hot topics for historic house museums. Led by experts in the field, and moderated by members of AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee, they encourage…

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August 2015

Interpretive Planning for History Museums and Historic Sites

August 17, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Oaklands Historic House Museum, Murfreesboro, TN United States + Google Map

Join AASLH’s Middle Tennessee StEPs group for a one-day workshop focusing on evaluating and improving the interpretation at your museum or historic site. Max van Balgooy, president of Engaging Places, LLC, a design and strategy firm that helps connect people with historic places, will present effective strategies for interpreting history and the humanities at museums and historic sites. Register by August 10 to guarantee a spot. Cost: $15 members/$75 nonmembers Sponsored by the Humanities Tennessee, Tennessee Association of Museums, &…

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September 2015

2015 AASLH Annual Meeting

September 16, 2015 - September 19, 2015
$250 - $465

The Power of Possibility Nothing can replace the opportunities that arise when yo intersect with people coming together around common goals and interests, in our case, good history and good times. In 2015, the AASLH Annual Meeting in Louisville invites us to explore The Power of Possibility in Louisville, KY We all know that history organizations continue to operate in a highly challenging environment. How do we demonstrate, encourage, and inspire the Power of Possibility within the realm of history organizations and far…

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2015 Online Conference

September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015

Held every year in conjunction with the Annual Meeting, the AASLH Online Conference provides an opportunity for you, your colleagues, and volunteers to attend the annual meeting virtually. 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. Don’t be tied to your desk! You can watch the sessions you want live and listen to recordings of others later.…

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October 2015

Project Management For History Professionals Online Course

October 19, 2015 @ 8:00 am - November 13, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
$350 - $425

Project Management for History Professionals teaches the basics of successful project management so you can wear the hat of project manager with confidence and sharpened skills.This recently redesigned course features four weekly modules accompanied by live chats with instructor Steven Hoskins. Work within each module includes assignments, quizzes, and other activities and is self-paced. Participants should expect to spend five to eight hours per week on the course. Learn More

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StEPs Lab 4 – Building Knowledge: How to Gather Documentation on Historic Structures and Landscapes

October 21, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In this StEPs Lab webinar, we will discuss the various reports and documents that organizations will want to compile and keep on the historic structures and landscapes they own or manage. Hear guest speaker Rachel Leibowitz, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, discuss how to find someone to research and write Historic Structures and other reports, existing studies you may not be aware of, and the types of information that can be gleaned from these documents. $25 Organizations enrolled in StEPs (must…

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Basics of Archives

October 27, 2015 - November 20, 2015
$85 - $160

The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. Learn More

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December 2015

Historic House Call: Being Historic and Green

December 2, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40

Historic Houses are part of the common good. We have a responsibility to our collections, our supporters, and our communities to make a positive impact. How does that translate to the environment and going green – and in a reasonable way? This webinar will include: A super-brief orientation to the intersection of green and historic houses A longer discussion of the value green brings to your work Thoughts about sustainability as part of your interpretive message Incorporating green into strategic…

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2016 Call for Proposals Deadline

December 7, 2015

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will present its 2016 annual meeting in Detroit, MI, from September 14-17 in partnership with the Michigan Museums Association and is seeking session proposals for the meeting. Proposals should be submitted electronically. The deadline for submissions is December 7. Learn more  

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January 2016

What Are the AASLH Leadership in History Awards and Why Should I Apply?

January 11, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Have you always wondered what the AASLH awards program is? Do you feel that your organization is too small to win a national award? Join this free informational webinar to learn about the program and why you should apply, no matter what your budget size. Also get tips for how to put together an award-winning nomination. January 11, 2016 at 3-4 pm Eastern, 2-3 pm Central. Learn More

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Developing a Membership Marketing Plan Webinar

January 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

Does your organization’s membership program need a jumpstart? Are you wanting to grow new members? Join us for a lively discussion about how to develop a membership marketing plan for your organization and increase revenue. Learn More

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StEPs Lab 5 Risk Assessment: What’s Your Kryptonite?

January 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$40 - $115

Guest speaker Donia Conn will focus on the general risks facing cultural institutions, performing a site survey, and mitigation strategies for addressing those vulnerabilities. An institution’s internal structure, policies, and procedures will be discussed. Donia will also offer sample templates for performing a risk assessment, from small to complex. Registration is $40 per login for AASLH members ($115 non-members). One login allows an unlimited number of participants to take part in the webinar from one computer. Organizations enrolled in the…

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AASLH Workshop Scholarship Application Deadline

January 22, 2016

AASLH offers four scholarships for individuals to attend one of our 2016 onsite workshops. Applications must be received by January 22, 2016 to be considered. Learn More or Apply.

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StEPs Lab 6: Risk Assessment and Management for Collections

January 27, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$40 - $115

Identifying and preparing for potential threats is critical for reducing risks to your organization's collections. In Part Two of this series, guest speaker Dyani Feige will focus on specific risks facing cultural institutions, both natural and man-made, and mitigation strategies for addressing those vulnerabilities. It is not necessary to have participated in Part One to attend this second Lab. An institution’s history of incidents, location, building issues, environmental factors (temperature, relative humidity, light, and mold), pest control, fire protection, security…

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February 2016

Are You Ready for Volunteers?

February 9, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

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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Online Course: Basics of Archives

February 22, 2016 @ 8:00 am - March 21, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
$85 - $160

The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. The course consists of five lessons: Archives and Archivists Acquiring Your Collections Processing Collections Housing Your Collections Access and Outreach Learn more

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Webinar: Developing a Successful Volunteer Recruitment Program

February 25, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

*Postponed till Feb 25 due to presenter illness* 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. If you want to better attract and retain volunteers, this webinar is for you! Learn more

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March 2016

Webinar: Getting Ready for Grants

March 2, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

It’s all in the preparation!   Successful applications have more to do with institutional and project preparation than with writing — yes, really! In this fast-paced, fun, slightly off-the-wall webinar we will discuss the characteristics of a grant-ready institution and a grant-ready project, and then review the important components of the proposal-writing team and a successful proposal. There’s no need to have a project or grant deadline yet, just an interest in getting ready to get grants. Learn more

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Webinar: Writing the Grant: What’s the Process Like?

March 9, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

Proposal-writing is not rocket science. It’s a skill – and a bit of an art – and anyone can learn.  If your institution is ready to look for grants, this is the webinar for you! We’ll look at where to look for good information to make your case; what to do and what not to do when choosing words and examples; how to help yourself over writing blocks; and how to help get the application in on time. Learn more

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Webinar: Historic House Call: Keeping History Relevant

March 21, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

The History Relevance Campaign is a diverse group of history professionals posing questions about what makes the past relevant today. The Campaign serves as a catalyst for discovering, demonstrating, and promulgating the value of history for individuals, communities, and the nation. We believe that history can have more impact when it connects the people, events, places, stories, and ideas of the past with people, events, places, stories, and ideas that are important and meaningful to communities, people, and audiences today. Join Tim Grove of the National Air…

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Webinar: StEPs Lab 7: Copyright Crash Course for Museums and Memory Institutions

March 23, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$25 - $115

A basic understanding of copyright law is essential to protect your organization’s rights and those of other creators, further your organization’s mission, and avoid disputes that could harm its reputation. In this lab, museum attorney Walter G. Lehmann will provide a practical, museum-focused overview of copyright law including the important exception for fair use. Topics he will address include copyright duration, copyright orphans, fair use and the four-factor test, best practices and applying fair use, and clearing rights. Learn more

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Webinar: Grappling with Confederate Monuments and Iconography

March 28, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40

The tragic shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston last June precipitated a national outcry against the Confederate flag. State leaders in Alabama and South Carolina removed it from capitol grounds. Walmart and other retailers discontinued merchandise bearing the flag. Meanwhile, the controversy expanded to include Confederate monuments and statues. Join AASLH’s Bob Beatty as he moderates a discussion with author and public historian Kevin Levin, Gordon Jones of the Atlanta History Center, and Dina Bailey of the Center…

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Onsite Workshop: Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Organizations

March 31, 2016 @ 8:00 am - April 1, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Hagley Museum and Library, 200 Hagley Creek Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19807 United States
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$25 - $365

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.   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 with people of all ages, developing exhibits with visitors in mind, technology, evaluations, planning, and working with others…

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April 2016

Onsite Workshop: Reinventing the Historic House Museum

April 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Campbell House, 1508 Locust St
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States
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$99 - $175

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS FULL. This one-day symposium offers on current thinking, practical information, and solutions to the challenges facing historic sites. The Historic House Museum in America is not dead, nor are most of them dying. However, the field does need to take time to reflect and renew as the world around our historic sites continues to change. The symposium will include presentations, discussion, a boxed lunch, historic site visit, and a brainstorming workshop at the historic house…

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Onsite Workshop: Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students

April 11, 2016 @ 8:00 am - April 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 4580 Rachels Ln
Hermitage, TN 37076 United States
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$29 - $365

Through a combination of presentations, discussion, hands-on activities, and take-home materials, this workshop addresses the elements of museum educational and programming needed to create engaging, educational, and successful collections-based programming. Learn how to craft programming that is meaningful to the education community. Topics include learning styles, presentation strategies, audience types, planning strategies, program assessment, research, and staff training. Learn More.

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Webinar: What Did We Know? Citizen History, Local Newspapers, and the Holocaust

April 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$10

What, exactly, did newspapers across the U.S. have to say about the Holocaust during World War II? Your collections may hold the answer! What Did We Know? Citizen History, Local Newspapers, and the Holocaust A digital project from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is turning to “citizen historians” to research how their hometown newspapers covered the Holocaust throughout the 1930s and 1940s.

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Webinar: Interpreting Slavery: Building a Theoretical Foundation

April 19, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $115

Do you interpret the institution of slavery or the lives of enslaved people at your historic site/museum? Join us as we share the theoretical underpinnings for interpreting slavery, including how contested narratives and race play a role in the giving/receiving of interpretation. This webinar will help you achieve a greater understanding of the difficult knowledge and complicated emotions surrounding this complex history. Learn More

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Webinar: Museum Management Tune-Up

April 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$40 - $115

Are you as good of a manager as you want to be? Could you use a refresher on how good management techniques can improve the productivity of your history organization’s paid and unpaid staff? Join us for a practical webinar geared toward history professionals that will help you learn new skills in employee assessment and review, communication, time management, and work relationships. Learn more

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Webinar: What is Developing History Leaders @SHA?

April 26, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Developing History Leaders @SHA (formerly the Seminar for Historical Administration) is an intensive three week program that presents future leaders of the field with the best practices and ideas of history organization leadership and management. In this “What is SHA?” webinar, AASLH’s Bob Beatty will lead a discussion with SHA graduates and faculty on the basics of this longstanding leadership program. Is this unique opportunity right for you? How do you apply and how many applicants are accepted? How has…

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Onsite Workshop: Historic House Museum Issues and Operations

April 28, 2016 @ 8:00 am - April 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 United States
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$17 - $365

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. Learn more.

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May 2016

Onsite Workshops: Exhibit Makeovers

May 12, 2016 @ 8:00 am - May 13, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Udall Center for Museum Resources, Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM United States
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$7 - $365

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. Learn More.

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Online Course: Basics of Archives

May 16, 2016 @ 8:00 am - June 13, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
$85 - $160

The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. The course consists of five lessons: Archives and Archivists Acquiring Your Collections Processing Collections Housing Your Collections Access and Outreach Learn more

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June 2016

Historic House Call: Lights, Cameras, Action, Oh My! Filming at Your Historic Site

June 2, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40

Historic sites are continuously looking for new revenue sources. Commercial filming has the potential to earn additional income and give your site great exposure. However, there are a lot of factors to consider, and guidelines to set in place, before signing the contract. This historic house call intends to provide resources, share do's and don’ts, and answer questions associated with filming. Listen in and chat with Jessica VanLanduyt, Historic House Manager at the Atlanta History Center and AASLH Historic House…

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Onsite Workshop: Collections Management and Practices

June 9, 2016 @ 8:00 am - June 10, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
History Colorado, 1200 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203 United States
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$5 - $365

Participants will learn about their institution’s responsibility toward its collection, the necessary policies and procedures, and the best practices of collection management. During lively group discussions and hands-on activities, participants will become familiar with current issues and trends to better understand how collections fit within the context of history organizations. Participants will explore other topics including the role of collections in exhibition and interpretation, the basic steps of collections management from acquisition to disposal, professional standards and ethics, conservation on a…

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Onsite Workshop: Collections Camp: Military History

June 22, 2016 @ 8:00 am - June 24, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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$25 - $385

This two-and-a-half-day workshop will focus on the care, conservation, and exhibition of military artifacts in museum collections. Spend time working with conservators and curators to learn how to be better stewards of your military history collection. Learn More.

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Collections Care YOU Can Do and What to Leave to Conservators

June 22, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$25 - $115

Museums hold collections in trust for the public. With that trust comes the duty of care. But with the duty of care comes the requirement that we not endanger collection items through improper care or treatment. Where, however, is the line between what we can and can’t do? In this webinar, we will address specific preventive conservation practices you can perform and those you should leave for a conservator. Here’s your chance to ask those nagging questions you have regarding…

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July 2016

Onsite Workshop: Project Management for History Professionals

July 12, 2016 - July 13, 2016
Ohio Historical Society, 800 E. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211 United States
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$475 - $550

AASLH’s popular Project Management for History Professionals workshop returns to the Midwest this summer! Join us July 12-13 at the Ohio History Connection’s Ohio History Center in Columbus. In this workshop, you will learn how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history context.  Project Management provides valuable instruction in planning, managing, and successfully completing projects at your history organization. Learn more

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Webinar: Interpreting American Military History at Museums and Historic Sites

July 28, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $65

Across the country, museums and historic sites welcome visitors into a world long gone but fundamental to America today. Military history in particular is etched into our country’s culture and the public’s imagination. The trouble, though, for museums and historical sites lies in continuing to make it both accessible and relevant to today’s audiences. Utilizing material from his Rowman & Littlefield book Interpreting American Military History at Museums and Historic Sites, historian Marc Blackburn of Mount Rainier National Park and the America…

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August 2016

Webinar: Writing for Historical Publications

August 9, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40

Designed for both emerging and seasoned museum practitioners, Writing for Historical Publications will   inspire and equip participants to write for professional publications, organization blogs, and book manuscripts. The ability to write well is a hot commodity in the history world. In addition to being a valuable tool for developing communication skills, the act of writing helps to develop reflection, analysis and synthesis, as well as mental operations in a process that requires the writer to formulate clear ideas rooted in…

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Webinar: Historic House Call: Religion and Historic House Interpretation

August 16, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40

While introducing the topic of religion into regular museum tours can be tricky, there are some site histories that require some mention in order to fully understand the influence that faith had on that specific family or event. One such museum that deals with the issue of religion for that reason is Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland, a historic property of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. During this webinar, Susan Proctor, education coordinator at Surratt House, will…

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September 2016

#AASLHchat on Twitter: Incorporating Pop Culture Phenomena into Tours & Programming

September 7, 2016 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

On September 7 at 7:30pm central time, AASLH will hold its first #AASLHchat on Twitter. This chat will be guest-hosted by the Educators and Interpreters Affinity Community, and the topic will be “Incorporating Pop Culture Phenomena into Tours & Programming.” 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.   What's a Twitter chat?  A Twitter chat is a public…

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2016 AASLH/MMA Annual Meeting (Detroit, MI)

September 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am - September 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The 2016 AASLH Annual Meeting is being held in partnership with the Michigan Museums Association. It will take place on September 14-17 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan

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2016 AASLH Online Conference

September 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am - September 16, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Can’t make it to Detroit but still want to participate in the AASLH Annual Meeting? Join us at the Online Conference and 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. Take home real ideas and solutions to help you do good history. Learn More Go…

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October 2016

Online Course: Project Management for History Professionals

October 17, 2016 - November 11, 2016
$350 - $425

Do you often juggle several projects, trying to keep each one focused and on track? Project management provides valuable training that will help you organize, manage, and successfully complete projects. This online course shows you how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history context. Learn More  

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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

#AASLHchat on Twitter: Issues Facing Emerging History Professionals

November 1, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

On November 1 at 7:30pm cdt/ 8:30 est, AASLH will hold a #AASLHchat on Twitter. This chat will be guest-hosted by the Emerging History Professionals Affinity Community, and the topic will be “Issues Facing Emerging Professionals." 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. What's a Twitter chat? A Twitter chat…

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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: Civil Rights and A Civil Society: Strategies for Community Outreach and Engagement

November 14, 2016
Free - $40

Details: Date: November 14 Time: 3pm-4:15pm EST Cost: Free for AASLH Members/ $40 Nonmembers In today’s world, more and more institutions have to go beyond their traditional boundaries to better serve their communities. In the wake of increased media attention on interactions between law enforcement and African-American citizens, the Nashville Public Library partnered with the Metro Nashville Police Department to develop a diversity education curriculum rooted in the Nashville Civil Rights Movement. The program encourages new recruits, seasoned officers, and…

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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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December 2016

AASLH New Member Orientation Webinar

December 6, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Free

Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members. (Scroll down for more details) Details: Date: Decemeber 6, 2016 Time: 3pm EST Cost: Free for AASLH Members and Nonmembers Register Full Description of the Webinar: Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager…

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Session Proposals Due for 2017 Annual Meeting

December 9, 2016

Session proposals for the 2017 AASLH Annual Meeting are due December 9, 2016. The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held September 6-9, 2017 in Austin, TX. In the spirit of the theme I AM HISTORY, the Program Committee seeks proposals that: 1. Identify ways to strengthen organizational sustainability and transparency including: successes and challenges with funding and explicit discussions on successes, challenges, and lessons learned. 2. Critically assess the challenges navigating the intersections between internal and external constituents and stakeholders.…

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#AASLHchat: Serving Communities During Difficult Times

December 13, 2016 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

On December 13 at 7:30pm Central/ 8:30 Eastern, AASLH will hold a #AASLHchat on Twitter. The topic will be “Serving Communities During Difficult Times." 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. What's a Twitter chat? A Twitter chat is a public conversation held at a specific time around a designated…

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January 2017

Online Course: Leadership and Administration in History Organizations

January 9 - January 10
$199 - $300

Administration and leadership matter, regardless the size or focus of your organization. This online course covers governance and administrative structure, nonprofit status, mission and vision, board and staff responsibilities, the relationship between board and staff, strategic planning, human resource management, and leadership. Details: Dates: January 9-March 6, 2017 Cost: $199 AASLH Members/ $300 Nonmembers Course is Full. Please check back in late 2017 for dates on the 2018 course offering. Full Online Course Description: During the eight weeks of this course, modules…

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Webinar: What are the AASLH Leadership in History Awards?

January 10 @ 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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AASLH New Member Orientation Webinar

January 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members. (Scroll down for more details) Details: Date: January 12, 2017 Time: 3pm EST Cost: Free for AASLH Members and Nonmembers Register Full Description of the Webinar: Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to…

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Webinar: Social Media 101 for Museums and Historic Sites

January 17
$40 - $65

Is your organization looking to expand its impact and attendance through social media? Join AASLH for crash course on effective social engagement for museums and historic sites. (Scroll down for more details) Details: Date: January 17, 2017 Time: 3pm EST Cost: $40 AASLH Members/ $65 Nonmembers Register Full Description of the Webinar: 65% of all adults in the U.S. use at least one social media site. From sharing family photos to learning about what is happening in the world to…

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Applications Due for 2017 AASLH Workshop Scholarship

January 20

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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#AASLHchat on Twitter: Building Better Boards

January 24 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

On January 24 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 “Building Better Boards." This chat is being guest-hosted by the AASLH Small Museums Affinity Community, who developed the prompts. 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…

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AASLH Town Hall with John Dichtl and Bethany Hawkins

January 31 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us on Facebook for an informal town hall: AASLH’s John Dichtl and Bethany Hawkins will discuss AASLH’s recent initiatives, short- and long-term goals, and the association’s role in the field. Viewers will be able to ask questions at any time using the comment section. Details: Date: January 31, 2017 Time: 3pm EST, 2pm CT Facebook Live, Free and Open to All RSVP to the Facebook Event What is Facebook Live?  Live is Facebook's live-streaming service, which allows users and…

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February 2017

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

February 8 @ 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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Online Course: Basics of Archives

February 13
$85 - $160

The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. Register Details: February 13-March 17, 2017 15-20 hours to be completed anytime during the above dates Cost: $85 members/$160 nonmembers Register Full Online Course Description: The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give…

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

February 14

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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#AASLHchat: Sharing Authority with Your Communities

February 14 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

On February 14 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 “Sharing Authority with Your Communities” and is a continuation of our Peb Yog  Hmoog Minnesota: Sharing Authority and Building Relationships with Your Communities webinar happening earlier in the day (you don't have to join the webinar in order to participate in the chat). To participate in the open chat, just watch the AASLH Twitter…

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AASLH New Member Orientation Webinar

February 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members. (Scroll down for more details) Details: Date: February 16, 2017 Time: 3pm EST Cost: Free for AASLH Members and Nonmembers Register Full Description of the Webinar: Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager…

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Webinar: Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites

February 21 @ 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

Historic House Call: Risk Assessment in Historic Houses

March 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40

Historic houses present unique issues in their preservation needs, especially in terms of disaster preparedness. This webinar will explore those needs through a discussion of hazards, risk assessments and evaluations, and mitigation methods – all with a focus on historic houses. Register Details: Format: Webinar Date: March 2, 2017 Cost: Free for AASLH members/$40 nonmembers Register   About the Speakers:  Samantha Forsko is the Preservation Specialist at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), where she primarily works with…

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Everyday Museum Advocacy

March 6
$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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AASLH New Member Orientation Webinar

March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members. (Scroll down for more details) Details: Date: March 7, 2017 Time: 3pm EST Cost: Free for AASLH Members and Nonmembers Register Full Description of the Webinar: Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager…

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#AASLHchat on Twitter: Museum Advocacy

March 7 @ 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 - March 9
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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Online Course: Collections Management

March 20 - April 5
$195 - $295

This course is full. Please look at our calendar for upcoming Collections Management courses. This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects. Details: March 20-May 15, 2017 Cost: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers Registration limited to…

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Workshop: Reinventing the Historic House Museum

March 22
Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$25

This workshop is full. Please check our calendar for future offerings of this workshop. 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…

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History Crash Course: The American Experience in World War I

March 28

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

March 30 - March 31
Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305 United States
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$280 - $405

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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April 2017

Webinar: Are You Ready for Volunteers?

April 4
$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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Online Course: Caring for Museum Collections

April 5
$195 - $295

This course is full. Please look at our calendar for upcoming online courses. This eight week course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management. Details:  Format: Online Course Dates: April 3- May 31, 2017 Cost: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers This course is full. Please look at our calendar for upcoming online courses. Full Online Course Description:…

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Webinar: Steps to Environmental Sustainability

April 5
$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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Workshop: Historic House Museum Issues and Operations

April 6 @ 8:00 am - April 7 @ 5:00 pm
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, NH United States + Google Map
$270 - $385

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: April 6-7, 2017 Location: Strawbery Banke | Portsmouth, New Hampshire Cost: $270 members/$385 nonmembers FLASH SALE: $50 off…

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Webinar: Developing a Successful Volunteer Recruitment Program

April 11
$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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New Member Orientation

April 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members. (Scroll down for more details) Details: Date: April 13, 2017 Time: 3pm EST Cost: Free for AASLH Members and Nonmembers Register Full Description of the Webinar: Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager…

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Workshop: Collections Camp: Textiles

April 24 - April 25
Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, 46202 United States
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$300 - $425

Do you have costumes and/or textiles in your museum collection? This two day workshop will focus on the care and conservation of textiles in museum collections.  Spend time working with an expert to learn how to be a better steward of your textile collection. Register Date: April 24-25, 2017 Cost: $300 AASLH members/$425 nonmembers *Get $40 off registration if you book by March 22, 2017!* Location: Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN Register Who should attend: This workshop, scheduled for April 24-25, is…

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Webinar: Training Volunteers

April 26
$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
$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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New Member Orientation

May 9

Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members. (Scroll down for more details) Details: Date: May 9, 2017 Time: 3pm EST Cost: Free for AASLH Members and Nonmembers Register Full Description of the Webinar: Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager…

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#AASLHchat on Twitter: Social Media at History Organizations and Museums

May 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On May 10 at 3 pm EST (2 pm CT/ 12 pm PT), AASLH will hold an #AASLHchat on Twitter. The topic will be “Social Media at History Organizations and Museums.” 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 do not have to attend the webinar to participate in the chat. What’s…

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Historic House Call: How to Preserve Your Historic Building

May 11
Free

Rehabilitating and preserving an historic building can be challenging...unless you have the right tools! Come learn about the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, the methods for applying them to your historic building, and how they can help you apply for funds! Historic Buildings are simultaneously the largest asset and the greatest liability for many organizations.  This webinar will provide an overview of the tools available for funding, and the Standards most often associated with those…

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Online Course: Developing Exhibitions

May 15 - June 27
$195 - $295

This class is now full. Please see our Continuing Education Calendar for upcoming courses.    This class is about how to put together an exhibition, from deciding what it will be about and why, to gathering, creating and arranging all the elements for visitors.  You'll learn a lot from your classmates – from their own experiences and from the resources that they share with all of us.  And you'll learn the best way: by doing – you will develop an…

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Creating 21st Century Digital Collections

May 16
$40 - $65

Join Kristen Gwinn-Becker, as she discusses strategizing, creating or updating, engaging, and sustaining modern digital collections. She will walk through the six areas outlined below, showing examples for each section. Participants may send an email in advance that contains a link to their digital collections and the top three questions they would like answered about their current situation or a future initiative. Kristen will work with examples from participants as well as draw on real (digital) world examples of digital…

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Online Course: Basics of Archives

May 22 - June 23
$85 - $160

The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. Register Details: May 22-June 23, 2017 15-20 hours to be completed anytime during the above dates Cost: $85 members/$160 nonmembers Register Full Online Course Description: The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give…

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Planning for Marketing at Museums & Historic Sites

May 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$40 - $65

Marketing is crucial for small museums and historic sites, but where do you begin? In this webinar, AASLH’s Hannah Hethmon will teach you, step by step, how to create a marketing plan tailored to your organization’s unique needs. A good marketing plan can help you more effectively allocated time and money, get approval for a marketing budget, keep you focused on high-priority goals, and ensure that your marketing objectives and methods are supporting your institutional mission. Working through a series…

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Webinar: How to Stop Worrying and Embrace Fundraising

May 25
$40 - $65

Fundraising is critical to nonprofit work, but it isn’t exclusively reserved for executive directors, development staff, and board committees. This discussion will demystify fundraising and explore how staff and volunteers at organizations of all sizes can advance their mission with better understanding of the fund development process. #EmbracetheRaise Register Details: Date: May 25, 2017 Time: 3pm EST/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii/4pm Atlantic Cost: $40 for AASLH members/$65 nonmembers Register Full Description: “Fundraising as the servant of philanthropy must be part…

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The How-Tos of Digital Collections Management

May 31
$25 - $65

Guest speaker Leigh Grinstead will walk us through the process of selecting which collections to digitize, policy and strategy development, and caring for digital collections regardless of whether they are born digital or reformatted. Leigh will highlight organizations that can model good practices in each of these three subject areas. She will also discuss lessons learned by organizations that made early mistakes but managed to “right the ship” and transition to a successful digitization program. Register Details: Date: May 31,…

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June 2017

Workshop: Collections Management and Practices

June 5 - June 6
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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$280 - $405

Learn about your institution’s responsibility toward its collection, necessary policies and procedures, and the best practices of collection management. Register Details: Date: June 5-6, 2017 Location:  Maine Historical Society, Portland, ME Cost: $280 AASLH members/$405 nonmembers *Get $40 off registration if you book by May 1, 2017!* Register Workshop Description: Learn about your institution’s responsibility toward its collection, necessary policies and procedures, and the best practices of collection management. Through lively group discussions and hands-on activities, you will become familiar with current issues and trends to…

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Online Course: Museum Education and Outreach

June 5 - June 27
$195 - $295

At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are educational organizations. This course is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums.  Details:  This class is now full. Please see our Continuing Education calendar for future offerings. Dates: June 5- July 31, 2017 Cost: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers This class is now full. Please see our Continuing Education calendar for future offerings. At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums…

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Facebook for Museums & Historic Sites

June 13
$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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New Member Orientation

June 15

Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members. (Scroll down for more details) Details: Date: June 15, 2017 Time: 3pm EST/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii/4pm Atlantic Cost: Free for AASLH Members and Nonmembers Register Full Description of the Webinar: Are you a new member of AASLH?…

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Workshop: Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students

June 22 - June 23
George Mason’s Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road
Mason Neck, VA 22079 United States
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$280 - $405

Through a combination of presentations, discussion, hands-on activities, and take-home materials, this workshop addresses the elements of museum educational and programming  needed to create engaging, educational, and successful collections-based programming. Register Date: June 22-23, 2017 Cost: $280 AASLH members/$405 nonmembers *Get $40 off registration if you book by May 18, 2017!* Location: George Mason's Gunston Hall, Mason Neck, VA Register Description: Through a combination of presentations, discussion, hands-on activities, and take-home materials, this workshop addresses the elements of museum educational and…

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July 2017

New Member Orientation

July 5

Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members. (Scroll down for more details) Details: Date: July 5, 2017 Time: 3pm EST/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii/4pm Atlantic Cost: Free for AASLH Members and Nonmembers Register Full Description of the Webinar: Are you a new member of AASLH?…

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#AASLHchat on Twitter: Let’s Talk Internships

July 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On July 7 at 3 pm ET (11 am PT/ 12 pm MT/ 2 pm CT), AASLH will hold a #AASLHchat on Twitter. The topic will be “Let's Talk Internships.” Prompts for the chat will be written by AASLH interns Hillary Borders and Zachary Kautzman 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…

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Twitter for Museums & Historic Sites

July 11
$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
$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

New Member Orientation

August 1
Free/members, Free/nonmembers

Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members. (Scroll down for more details) Details: Date: August 1, 2017 Time: 3pm EST/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii/4pm Atlantic Cost: Free for AASLH Members and Nonmembers Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact mitchell@aaslh.org for more information. Register…

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History Crash Course: Immigration in a Changing America

August 2
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
$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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Historic House Call: Developing Discussion Based Interpretation

August 23
$40

Conversation. Chat. Dialogue. Discussion. These are words that visitors may not often associate with the guided tour. However, historic house museums have the unique opportunity to invite visitors in, offer them a place to sit, and give them a voice. This webinar illustrates how conversation promotes individual and group learning and helps to build connections to historic sites. It will provide strategies for encouraging conversation and discussion on tours, including asking the right questions, listening, and breaking down barriers to…

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September 2017

2017 AASLH Online Conference

September 7 @ 8:00 am - September 8 @ 5:00 pm
$60 - $180

Want to participate in AASLH Annual Meeting sessions without leaving your office? Join us at the Online Conference where you can virtually attend six hot topic sessions and get recordings of keynote speakers. Each session is broadcast live from the Annual Meeting as a presentation reworked for an online audience. See slides, ask questions, and interact online with presenters and the virtual audience in these live broadcasts. Then enjoy access to the recordings for six months. These sessions provide real…

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