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  • Technical Leaflet 288: Advocating for Your Organization with Local Government

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Advocating for Your Organization with Local Government is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #288, written by Sean Blinn, provides guidance and information on how to advocate for your organization with local government.

    Those who work with museums, historic sites, and preservation organizations often face the daunting task of doing challenging work while simultaneously having to explain why it matters, not just to our audiences, but also to people with the power to help. This includes local governments, who may control grants that can be significant for small organizations as well as zoning laws that strengthen or weaken historic preservation. Advocacy matters because it helps governments see the value in what we do, which makes it easier for them to support us. 

    Advocating for Your Organization with Local Government is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #288, written by Sean Blinn, provides guidance and information on how to advocate for your organization with local government.

    Sean Blinn is a museum professional focusing on evaluation and developing participatory experiences. He has extensive service in municipal and county government, currently serving as a member of the Bedminster Township (NJ) Historic Preservation Commission and the advisory board of the Somerset County (NJ) Cultural and Heritage Commission. The views expressed in this Technical Leaflet are his own and do not represent the views of any organization with which he is affiliated. 

  • Workshop: Collections Camp: Textiles (Apr 2020)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 04/27/2020 at 8:30 AM (EDT)

    APR. 27-28, 2020 | SAN DIEGO HISTORY CENTER, SAN DIEGO, CA | Collections Camp: Textiles is an AASLH onsite workshop presented by instructor Karen DePauw. This two-day, on-site workshop teaches participants about the care and conservation of textiles in museum collections.

    Workshop Description 

    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.

    Details

    FORMAT: On-site group workshop

    LENGTH: Two days 

    DATE: April 27-28, 2020

    LOCATION: San Diego History Center, San Diego, CA

    MATERIALS: Workshop materials will be provided upon registration and in-person at the event.

    COST: $300 AASLH Members/$425 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: November 19, 2019 - April 20, 2020; 35 participant limit

    ** Save $40 when you register by March 9, 2020 and use promo code EARLYBIRD20 at checkout! **

    Participant Outcomes

    As a result of this workshop, participants should:

    • Have a general knowledge of the basic types of costumes and textiles common in American museum collections.
    • Have a general knowledge of the particular needs of costume and textile collections including proper identification, handling, and basic conservation.
    • Be familiar with some of the current issues and trends in the preservation of costume and textile collections.
    • Explore the variety of issues related to exhibiting and storing costume and textile collections.
    • Be familiar with simple conservation procedures that are safe to perform on their costume and textile collections.
    • Be aware of when they should call a professional conservator for problems with their costume and textile collections.

    Scholarship 

    AASLH Workshop Scholarships

    Our annual workshop scholarship program provides free registration to an onsite Continuing Education workshop and one-year AASLH membership for four applicants. Two scholarships are reserved for new professionals (fewer than three years in the field), and two for applicants broadening the racial and ethnic diversity of our field. Applications are due January 15, 2020. Read more and apply. 

    Who Should Attend This Workshop

    This workshop is intended for experienced staff and volunteers with responsibility for costume and textile collections.

    Karen DePauw

    AASLH Workshop Instructor

    As the coordinator of Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society, Karen works with small museums and heritage organizations throughout the state.  She serves as a coach for Heritage Support Grant applicants, administers the traveling exhibits program, and offers consultations and workshops on various topics regarding collections care.  Karen earned a BA in history and an MS in historic costumes and textile conservation, knowledge she has drawn upon for two publications: The Care and Display of Historic Clothing in 2017 with Rowman and Littlefield Publishers and The House of Worth: Fashion Sketches 1916-1918 in 2015 with Dover Publications.  Karen currently serves on the board of the Association of Indiana Museums and as a member of the American Association for State and Local History Field Services Alliance, and an active member of the Costume Society of America. She previously worked with the costume and textile collection at the Connecticut Historical Society and has served as a costume consultant and dresser for the Litchfield Historical Society.

    Cancellation/Refunds for onsite workshops must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the early-bird registration deadline date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made between the early-bird deadline date and eight days prior to the workshop will be subject to a $55 processing/materials charge. No refunds will be given within seven days of the workshop date. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

    If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Programs staff at 615-320-3203 or learn@aaslh.org.   

  • Workshop: Creating Programs for Teachers and Students (Jun 2020)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 06/11/2020 at 8:30 AM (EDT)

    JUN. 11-12, 2020 | OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, PORTLAND, OR | Creating Programs for Teachers and Students (formerly Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students) is an in-person AASLH Continuing Education workshop about the elements of museum education and programming needed to create educational programming for students and teachers. This workshop is taught by Stacia Kuceyeski and Megan Wood.

    Workshop Description

    Through a combination of presentations, discussion, hands-on activities, and take-home materials, this workshop addresses the elements of museum education and programming needed to create engaging, educational, and successful educational programming for students and teachers. Learn how to craft on site and outreach programming that is meaningful to the education community.

    Topics include:

    • Learning Theory
    • Onsite Programming
    • Outreach Programming
    • Working with Educators
    • Advocating for Education at Your Organization

    Details

    FORMAT: In-person group workshop

    LENGTH: Two days (Approx 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

    DATE: June 11-12, 2020

    LOCATION: Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

    MATERIALS: Workshop materials will be provided upon registration and in-person at the event.

    COST: $230 AASLH members / $345 nonmembers / See Scholarship opportunities below

    ** Save $40 when you register by May 8, 2020  and use promo code EARLYBIRD20 at checkout! **

    Who Should Attend This Workshop

    This workshop is ideally suited for staff (first-time museum educators, directors, tour guides or volunteer managers and mid-career professionals), museum studies students, or dedicated volunteers working in all types of museums who are given the responsibility of education and public programming.

    Scholarship 

    AASLH Workshop Scholarships

    Our annual workshop scholarship program provides free registration to an onsite Continuing Education workshop and one-year AASLH membership for four applicants. Two scholarships are reserved for new professionals (fewer than three years in the field), and two for applicants broadening the racial and ethnic diversity of our field. Applications are due January 15, 2020. Read more and apply. 

    Cancellation/Refunds for onsite workshops must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the early-bird registration deadline date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made between the early-bird deadline date and eight days prior to the workshop will be subject to a $55 processing/materials charge. No refunds will be given within seven days of the workshop date. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

    Cancellations/Refunds for online continuing education (webinars and online courses) must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the start date for the online course or the day of the webinar will be given a full refund. No refund will be given after the start date for the online course or on/after the day of the webinar. Registrants may transfer their registration to another person. Registrations cannot be transferred between courses or course sessions. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

    If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Programs staff at 615-320-3203 or learn@aaslh.org.   

  • Workshop: Focusing on Visitors (Jun 2020)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 06/11/2020 at 8:30 AM (EDT)

    JUN. 11-12, 2020 | THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM, DALLAS, TX. | Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions is an AASLH onsite workshop and training that keeps visitor experience and active learning as a focus in an overview of public programming and exhibits. This workshop is taught by Tim Grove and Alexandra Rasic.

    Workshop Description

    Visitors are central to our work, but how strategic and thoughtful are we in how we communicate and interact with them? How can we do a better job of engaging visitors when it comes to developing programs and exhibits in our organizations?

    Keeping visitors at the forefront of our thinking, participants will explore a wide range of topics including audience types, program development and planning, developing/updating exhibits, marketing, evaluation, volunteer management and training, and collaboration. Case studies and interactive activities provide fun opportunities to engage with fellow participants and our host site. Attendees will leave the workshop with information, ideas, and materials they can take back to their organizations to adapt and apply.

    Details

    FORMAT: On-site group workshop

    LENGTH: Two days

    DATE: June 11-12, 2020

    LOCATION: The Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas, TX

    MATERIALS: Workshop materials will be provided upon registration and in-person at the event.

    COST: $230 AASLH Members/$345 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: December 19, 2019 - June 8, 2020; 30 participant limit

    ** Save $40 when you register by May 11, 2020 and use promo code EARLYBIRD20 at checkout! **

    Who Should Attend This Workshop

    This workshop is ideally suited for early-career museum educators, curators, volunteer managers, museum studies students, or dedicated volunteers who play a role in education, interpretation, exhibition planning, and/or public programming. Mid-career professionals can also benefit from revisiting the content covered in this workshop to help update and rethink programs and exhibits and gain insights on how to train and support newer staff.

    Scholarship 

    AASLH Workshop Scholarships

    Our annual workshop scholarship program provides free registration to an onsite Continuing Education workshop and one-year AASLH membership for four applicants. Two scholarships are reserved for new professionals (fewer than three years in the field), and two for applicants broadening the racial and ethnic diversity of our field. Applications are due January 15, 2020. Read more and apply. 

    Tim Grove

    AASLH Workshop Instructor

    Tim Grove recently started a new consulting business after twenty years at the Smithsonian. He focuses on education strategy, exhibition development, and increasing relevance. He is author of 4 books including The Museum Educator’s Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques. 

    Alexandra Rasic

    AASLH Workshop Instructor

    Alexandra Rasic is the Programs and Audience Engagement Director at the Homestead Museum in City of Industry, CA, and a member of AASLH’s Council. In addition to working with the public in a variety of history organizations as a volunteer, she worked as a freelance corporate archivist for over a decade in Los Angeles.

    Cancellation/Refunds for onsite workshops must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the early-bird registration deadline date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made between the early-bird deadline date and eight days prior to the workshop will be subject to a $55 processing/materials charge. No refunds will be given within seven days of the workshop date. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

    Cancellations/Refunds for online continuing education (webinars and online courses) must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the start date for the online course or the day of the webinar will be given a full refund. No refund will be given after the start date for the online course or on/after the day of the webinar. Registrants may transfer their registration to another person. Registrations cannot be transferred between courses or course sessions. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

    If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Programs staff at 615-320-3203 or learn@aaslh.org.   

  • Workshop: Project Management for History Professionals (Apr 2020)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 04/16/2020 at 8:30 AM (EDT)

    APR. 16-17, 2020 | NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE, FREDERICK, MD | Project Management for History Professionals is an onsite AASLH workshop in which participants learn how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history context. This workshop is taught by Gina Minks.

    Workshop Description 

    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 of the details in the four steps to successful project management:

    1. Define (creating a project charter, setting initial objectives, identifying risks and constraints, and more)
    2. Plan (developing a schedule, budget, etc.)
    3. Manage (providing feedback, negotiating for resources and resolving differences)
    4. Review (turning over deliverables, documentation and more)

    Using real project ideas, participants apply project management principles to create a project charter and scope diagram that help them return home equipped to begin or continue their project in an efficient, orderly and open manner.

    Details

    FORMAT: In-person group workshop

    LENGTH: Two days (Approx 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

    DATE: April 16-17, 2020

    LOCATION: National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD

    ACCOMMODATIONS: A room-block has been secured for this workshop at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Frederick for $89.00 USD per night. The discounted rate is available for reservations starting Wednesday, April 15 - Sunday, April 19, 2020. The last day to book is Friday, March 20, 2020. Participants will receive access to discount rates upon registration. 

    MATERIALS: Workshop materials will be provided upon registration and in-person at the event.

    COST: $475 AASLH members/ $560 nonmembers / See Scholarship opportunities below

    SPONSORSHIP: Support for this workshop is provided by the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. 

    ** Save $40 when you register by March 13,2020 and use promo code EARLYBIRD20 at checkout! **

    Scholarship

    AASLH Workshop Scholarships

    Our annual workshop scholarship program provides free registration to an onsite Continuing Education workshop and one-year AASLH membership for four applicants. Two scholarships are reserved for new professionals (fewer than three years in the field), and two for applicants broadening the racial and ethnic diversity of our field. Applications are due January 15, 2020. Read more and apply. 

    Who Should Take Part in this Workshop

    Project Management is valuable training for staff at all levels. And, whether your work involves exhibitions, education and programs, planning, fundraising, collections, historic preservation or the many other tasks staff at history organizations address every day, you will leave this workshop with new skills, ideas and tools for successfully completing projects.

    Feedback from Participants

    “Project management is usually discussed in terms of software development or construction management. It was so helpful to see its value within a humanities context. This is some of the best professional development I have ever experienced. Excellent instruction.” –2015 workshop participant

    Gina Minks

    AASLH Workshop Instructor

    Gina Minks has over 20 years experience working with libraries, archives, museums and other cultural and collection holding organizations.  Gina has worked with a wide variety of sizes and types of organizations to fulfill their needs. Ms. Minks is professionally active with the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists.  She is a member of AIC-CERT (American Institute for Conservation Cultural Emergency Response Taskforce) and was selected as one of eight national mentors for the Council of State Archivists’ IPER (Intergovernmental Preparedness and Emergency Response) Project.  Ms. Minks is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Texas where she teaches Project Management for Information Systems and Advanced Topics in Digital Curation. As an independent consulting firm, Gina Minks capitalizes on the practical knowledge and professional connections of Ms. Minks to provide high quality training, consulting and project management services to libraries and other cultural heritage organizations by matching the project to the best quality consultants available.  

    Cancellation/Refunds for onsite workshops must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the early-bird registration deadline date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made between the early-bird deadline date and eight days prior to the workshop will be subject to a $55 processing/materials charge. No refunds will be given within seven days of the workshop date. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

    If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Programs staff at 615-320-3203 or learn@aaslh.org.