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  • Technical Leaflet 258: The Nature of Leadership: Strategies for Leading Historical Programs

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    The Nature of Leadership: Strategies for Leading Historical Programs is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #258 by Bruce W. Dearstyne outlines the difference between leaders and managers and highlights the qualities of effective leaders who are visionaries.

    The Nature of Leadership: Strategies for Leading Historical Programs is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #258 by Bruce W. Dearstyne outlines the difference between leaders and managers and highlights the qualities of effective leaders who are visionaries. Meaningful and engaging programs at historical institutions need to be well-led in addition to being well-managed in these difficult economic times. Strong leaders are essential for implementing change and guiding institutions in new directions to accommodate an ever diversifying market. Dearstyne provides tips for guiding change to create participatory, community-centered spaces. Aspiring leaders will find the "Mistakes to Avoid" portion particularly helpful.

  • Technical Leaflet 259: Creating Intergenerational Oral History Opportunities

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    Creating Intergenerational Oral History Opportunities is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #259 by Maren Levad and Aleah Vinick tackles intergenerational oral history programs for high school students and senior citizens.

    Creating Intergenerational Oral History Opportunities is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #259 by Maren Levad and Aleah Vinick tackles intergenerational oral history programs for high school students and senior citizens. Linking students with people from older generations can create personal connections that make history more relatable. Oral history is one method for pairing students with older members of the community to create an educational and meaningful dialogue. In this Technical Leaflet, Maren Levad and Aleah Vinick of the Minnesota Historical Society share their insights about creating intergenerational oral history programs for high school students and senior citizens. Using their experiences from the Sharing Community Stories program at MHS, Levad and Vinick provide an overview of how to begin planning an intergenerational oral history program and how to create a timetable for the project. They also address the challenges of developing and implementing a program with helpful charts and questions that will help readers determine the feasibility of creating a similar program.

  • Technical Leaflet 260: Calculating Risk: A Guide to Project Management for History Professionals

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    Calculating Risk: A Guide to Project Management for History Professionals is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #260 by Steven Hoskins, Ph.D. is an introductory primer on what project management entails and how to be an effective project manager.

    Calculating Risk: A Guide to Project Management for History Professionals is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #260 by Steven Hoskins, Ph.D. is an introductory primer on what project management entails and how to be an effective project manager. Understanding project management and evaluation of risk is essential in the world of public history where busy professionals often wear many hats. Steven Hoskins provides step-by-step instructions for planning a project with special attention to the role of project manager. Key to being an effective leader is the ability to calculate risk. Dr. Hoskins overviews what risk is and how to determine, assess, and plan for things that may jeopardize a project.

  • Technical Leaflet 261: Skills Most Valued for Entry-Level Professional Museum Positions

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    Skills Most Valued for Entry-Level Professional Museum Positions is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #261 by William F. Bomar, Ph.D. explores how aspiring museum and public history professionals can gain the skills future employers look for in applicants and how to effectively market themselves for the most coveted entry-level positions.

    Skills Most Valued for Entry-Level Professional Museum Positions is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #261 by William F. Bomar, Ph.D. explores how aspiring museum and public history professionals can gain the skills future employers look for in applicants and how to effectively market themselves for the most coveted entry-level positions. Emerging museum professionals (EMPs) often feel frustrated leaving master's programs and entering a competitive job market. Some recent graduates find they do not have the skills established museum professionals value. Dr. Bomar bases his suggestions for aspiring professionals on research within the field. In a recent national study conducted by Dr. Bomar, he identified the current and anticipated personnel needs of the museum profession by surveying established professionals in the field. The results of this study highlight entry-level professionals who have the leadership skills to serve and engage their communities, real-world experience in museums, knowledge of technology, and openness to new ideas in the field. Recommendations for both students and the graduate programs that train them are included.

  • Technical Leaflet 262: How to Plan and Implement Interpretation

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    How to Plan and Implement Interpretation is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #262 by Stephen Hague provides tips for planning interpretation, emphasizing a holistic approach that incorporates every person involved with the institution, from director to board members to volunteers.

    How to Plan and Implement Interpretation is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #262 by Stephen Hague provides tips for planning interpretation, emphasizing a holistic approach that incorporates every person involved with the institution, from director to board members to volunteers. Creating engaging interpretation can be a challenge for many museums and historic sites. Hague organizes planning and implementing effective interpretation into seven steps: commit to good interpretation, know your audience, develop focused interpretative themes, create a written plan, train frontline staff, implement interpretation, evaluate and revise. Also included are suggestions for creating a budget to implement better interpretation and planning for the cost of new supplies.

  • Technical Leaflet 263: What's the Big Idea? Using Listening Sessions to Build Relationships and Relevance

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    What's the Big Idea? Using Listening Sessions to Build Relationships and Relevance is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #263 by Janeen Bryant and Kamille Bostick tackles how the Levine Museum of the New South reveals the power and process of using listening sessions to build relationships and relevance.

    What's the Big Idea? Using Listening Sessions to Build Relationships and Relevance is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #263 by Janeen Bryant and Kamille Bostick tackles how the Levine Museum of the New South reveals the power and process of using listening sessions to build relationships and relevance. In addition, a case study from the museum’s Latino New South initiative is presented to showcase the success and insights into the Latino audience found through listening. 

  • Technical Leaflet 265: From (A)rts to (Z)ombies: A Young Friends Group How-To

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    From (A)rts to (Z)ombies: A Young Friends Group How-To is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #265 by Astra Haldeman tackles how The Abbe Museum formed the Abbe Underground, an affinity group for the Gen X and Gen Y community, how they did it, and their ongoing challenges.

    From (A)rts to (Z)ombies: A Young Friends Group How-To is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #265 by Astra Haldeman tackles how The Abbe Museum formed the Abbe Underground, an affinity group for the Gen X and Gen Y community, how they did it, and their ongoing challenges. “For organizations that depend on membership and private donations, as well as public interest and a captive audience, the primary benefit of a young friends group is to ensure there are no gaps in support. It is a way to make sure that in addition to programming for children, teens, families, and those approaching (or into) retirement, your organization also has offerings that specifically meet the needs and interests of young singles and couples — those no longer in college, but who are embedded in your community as business leaders, young families, and professionals. Many are searching for ways to engage this community in a civic, social, and entertaining manner.” 

  • Technical Leaflet 266: Developing Comprehensive Interpretation of Slavery at Historic Sites

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    Developing Comprehensive Interpretation of Slavery at Historic Sites is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #266 by Kristin L. Gallas and James DeWolf Perry tackles the results of a survey to explore the needs and challenges in interpreting slavery.

    Developing Comprehensive Interpretation of Slavery at Historic Sites is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #266 by Kristin L. Gallas and James DeWolf Perry tackles the results of a survey to explore the needs and challenges in interpreting slavery. The Tracing Center conducted a survey to explore the needs and challenges in interpreting slavery. We organized the responses into a framework to help structure the creation of a comprehensive and conscientious interpretation of slavery:

    1. Comprehensive content
    2. Race and identity awareness
    3. Institutional investment
    4.  Community involvement
    5. Visitor experiences and expectations
    6. Staff training
  • Technical Leaflet 267: Not Just a Bunch of Facts: Crafting Dynamic Interpretive Manuals

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    Not Just a Bunch of Facts: Crafting Dynamic Interpretive Manuals is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #267 by Donna R. Braden tackles strategies for focusing and organizing a written manual that will help to ensure meaningful and memorable presentations for diverse audiences.

    Not Just a Bunch of Facts: Crafting Dynamic Interpretive Manuals is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #267 by Donna R. Braden tackles strategies for focusing and organizing a written manual that will help to ensure meaningful and memorable presentations for diverse audiences. Too often, written interpretive manuals are merely compilation of facts --- if these manuals exist at all. Drawing from best practice in the field of interpretation ---along with techniques borrowed from exhibition development, material cultural studies, and even Walt Disney Imagineering---this technical leaflet will describe strategies for focusing and organizing a written manual.

  • Technical Leaflet 268: Building Better Budgets

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    Building Better Budgets is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #268 by Stacy L. Klingler and Laura B. Roberts tackles the tricky issue of budgets: how to make them, how to use them, and how they can help you evaluate your organization and goals.

    Building Better Budgets is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #268 by Stacy L. Klingler and Laura B. Roberts tackles the tricky issue of budgets: how to make them, how to use them, and how they can help you evaluate your organization and goals. Your budget is one of the most important steps in making your plans for the future a reality. It’s your plan in numbers. Budgeting and financial planning can help you understand how well your institution is using its resources to meet your mission. Read about the flip side of the process, financial reporting, in Technical Leaflet #269!