Arcus Leadership Program

We’re excited to announce that we’re expanding our comprehensive professional development offerings. AASLH has acquired the Arcus Leadership Program from the SRI Foundation and Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC.

What is ARCUS?

ARCUS is a self-paced program that helps those working in the history field to think as entrepreneurs and leaders.  It is a unique program in that covers many topics not available anywhere else.

In 2016, more than 150 federal and state agencies, professional associations, nonprofits, and private companies formed the Preservation50 coalition to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.  That coalition identified as a top priority the need to develop new and more effective leadership education and development in the preservation, history, and related fields and the ARCUS program was created.

So far, more than 750 learners have completed ARCUS courses, with an additional 175 people completing an intensive fellowship program that has prepared leaders to address the most pressing issues facing the field today.

Who is ARCUS for?

Anyone working in the history field will benefit from the program, particularly those who are emerging professionals, in the middle of their careers, or who are changing to a career in history.

The program also benefits people working in organizations of any size, from small, volunteer-run organizations to larger institutions.

You don’t have to be an AASLH member to participate in ARCUS.  However, AASLH members will receive a discount on registrations, with the greatest discount available to individual members.  If you’d like to become a member, you can sign up at


Most of these courses will be based on 5-7 week course, with the student being expected to spend 5-7 hours per week on the course. The student will have access to complete the course for one year after registering.

Tier 1 Courses

Cost: $65 AASLH Members / $90 Nonmembers
Time commitment: 5-7 hours per week

Arcus Course: Accessibility for Historical Organizations
This course explains the basics of accessibility for historic sites and organizations and provides opportunities for learning how to implement best practices at your own site, from the legal requirements to moral obligations. The course explains strategies for accessibility for physical, hearing, sight, and a variety of “invisible” disabilities. By the end of this course participants should be able to identify and begin to address accessibility challenges at their own site.
Arcus Course: Creating Engaging Social Media Content for History Organizations
In our increasingly online world, museums need to start thinking of social media as a program, not just as a marketing tool. In this course, we will learn some of the most effective strategies for engaging your audience on social media.
Arcus Course: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for History Organizations
For the first time in history, there are multiple generational cohorts in the workforce, and the cultural climate in the workplace has shifted. This course is designed to assist leaders in bringing awareness to cultural differences and backgrounds and train staff on how to celebrate them and work together. In this course, we will discuss what DEI is and to effectively drive it as a culture within your organization.
Arcus Course: Foundational Principles of LGBTQ+ Inclusion
During this course, deepen your understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and how to be an effective, authentic ally to people of all genders and identities. Core topics include inclusive language, practices of authentic allies, creating inclusive workplaces, and an introduction to incorporating queer history in to your organizations.
Arcus Course: Introduction to Fundraising
We all know it costs money to run our organizations, but fundraising can be overwhelming! This course will use the four-phase fundraising cycle to provide tips and considerations to help you identify, cultivate, ask, and steward your current and potential donors to make fundraising more practical and accessible.
Arcus Course: Introduction to Indigenous History
Are you a history or museum professional who is interested in learning Indigenous history, but hasn’t taken the time to do it yet? In this course you will be given a basic introduction to Indigenous history from a basic vocabulary to contemporary issues today.
ARCUS Course: Program Planning for Nonprofits
In this course, students will be introduced to the Program Planning Cycle. The cycle includes identifying your organization’s needs, target audience, and resources. At the end of the course, students will have a framework to carry out program planning at their own organization, while having evaluated the current programs at their organization along the way.

Tier 2 Courses

Cost: $85 AASLH Members / $110 Nonmembers
Time commitment: 7-8 hours per week

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Tier 3 Courses

Cost: $105 AASLH Members / $110 Nonmembers
Time commitment: 9-10 hours per week

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