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  • Live Webinar: History Check-In: African American Women's Suffrage

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 02/11/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    FEB. 11, 2020 | 3 - 4:15 PM EST | History Check-In: African American Women's Suffrage is an AASLH continuing education event presented by speaker Martha S. Jones. This webinar asks how we can better incorporate African American women into our histories of women's suffrage and voting rights. This webinar is part of the History Check-In webinar series, a partnership between the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and the Organization of American Historians (OAH). Each webinar in this series is designed to provide history professionals from throughout the field with an update on the current state of historiography for a particular subject.

    Webinar Description 

    This webinar asks how we can better incorporate African American women into our histories of women's suffrage and voting rights. This question challenges often stated assumptions about a narrative that goes from Seneca Falls to 1920. And from this vantage point, ratification of the 19th Amendment was not a clear victory in the struggle for women’s rights. As white American women celebrated being granted the vote, many black women remained disenfranchised for another 45 years. Southern states used laws and lynching to keep them away from the polls, just as they did their fathers, husbands and sons. American women appeared to have won a constitutional revolution, but across the South discrimination rooted in sexism proceeded in lock-step with racism. We will explore this other campaign for women’s voting rights – the battle against Jim Crow – waged by black men and women together. Their story began in the early decades of the 19th century, and culminated at last in 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act. 

    This webinar is part of the History Check-In webinar series, a partnership between the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and the Organization of American Historians (OAH). Each webinar in this series is designed to provide history professionals from throughout the field with an update on the current state of historiography for a particular subject.

    Details:

    DATE: February 11, 2020

    TIME: 3:00 - 4:15 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone)

    COST: $20 Members of AASLH and OAH (OAH members should contact OAH for a discount code) / $30 Non-members


    We will record this event. Access the Recorded Webinar in the AASLH Resource Center after the event has passed. Registrants of this event receive complimentary access to the recording in their Dashboard.

    Closed captioning is provided for this event. 

    Martha S. Jones

    Professor Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. Professor Jones is the author of All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900 (University of North Carolina Press, 2007) and Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Cambridge University Press in 2018,) winner of the Organization of American Historians Liberty Legacy Foundation award for the best book on the history of civil rights. She is also a coeditor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (University of North Carolina Press, 2015. Professor Jones frequently writes for broader publics at outlets that include the Washington Post, the Atlantic, USA Today, Public Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Time. She is currently completing Vanguard: A History of African American Women’s Politics – to be published in 2020 in conjunction with the 19th Amendment’s centennial – and is at work on a biography of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney. Professor Jones serves as a Co-President of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and a member of the Organization of American Historians Executive Board. 


    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.   

  • Multimedia Bundle: Archives Management

    Contains 5 Product(s)

    This multimedia bundle is a collection of AASLH Technical Leaflets and Recorded Webinars about managing archives.

    Multimedia bundles are curated collections of AASLH's best resources on particular topics. This multimedia bundle includes AASLH Technical Leaflets and Recorded Webinars about managing archives. This bundle includes the following resources:

    • Technical Leaflet 251: Copyright Issues, Rights Management, and Licensing Programs for Digital Collections by Historical Institutions (2010)
    • Technical Leaflet  246: How to Plan Your Digitization Project (2009)
    • Recorded Webinar: Caring for Photograph Collections (2017)
    • Recorded Webinar: Caring for Paper Collections (2018)
    • Recorded Webinar: How-Tos of Digital Collections Management (2017) 
    • Discount on Organizing Archival Records, 4th Edition (2018)
  • Multimedia Bundle: Collections Care and Management

    Contains 5 Product(s)

    This multimedia bundle is a collection of AASLH Technical Leaflets and Recorded Webinars about caring for and managing collections.

    Multimedia bundles are curated collections of AASLH's best resources on particular topics. This multimedia bundle includes AASLH Technical Leaflets and Recorded Webinars about caring for and managing collections. This bundle includes the following resources:

    • Technical Leaflet 278: Cleaning House: A Guide to Deaccessioning and Abandoned Property (2017)
    • Recorded Webinar: FSA Tips: Caring for Collections on a Budget (2017)
    • Recorded Webinar: The Art of Saying No: Declining Collections Gifts Gracefully (2017)
    • Recorded Webinar: Risk Assessment and Management for Collections (2016)
    • Recorded Webinar: Collections Care You Can Do and What to Leave to Conservators (2016) 
    • Discount on Registration Methods for the Small Museum, Fifth Edition (2017)
  • Multimedia Bundle: Emerging History Professionals and Academic Programs

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    This multimedia bundle is a collection of AASLH Technical Leaflets and Recorded Webinars on topics of interest to students, academic programs, and emerging history professionals.

    Multimedia bundles are curated collections of AASLH's best resources on particular topics. This multimedia bundle includes AASLH Technical Leaflets and Recorded Webinars on topics of interest to students, academic programs, and emerging history professionals. This bundle includes the following resources:

    • Recorded Webinar: Best Practices for History Internships (2017)
    • Recorded Webinar: Writing for History Publications (2019)
    • Technical Leaflet 281: Get to Work: Crafting Cover Letters and Resumes for Emerging Professionals (2018)
    • Technical Leaflet 279: Students and Community Organizations: Creating Productive Partnerships (2017)
    • Technical Leaflet 261: Skills Most Valued for Entry-Level Professional Museum Positions (2013)
    • History News Winter 2018: EHP Takeover Issue 
    • Discount on Introduction to Public History Interpreting the Past, Engaging Audiences (2017)
  • National Visitation Report (Full)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This report includes a complete analysis of the findings from AASLH's 2019 National Visitation Survey. The 40-page report provides detailed analysis, tables, and graphs assessing visitation trends in several key categories. It provides detailed findings for institutions of different sizes, types, regions, and costs of entry. Budget-based analysis is provided for nationwide trends, as well as for trends by institution type, region, and cost of entry. The full report allows history professionals to find appropriate comparisons for their institutions and offers a broad assessment of national visitation trends.

    The National Visitation Report includes a complete analysis of the findings from AASLH's 2019 National Visitation Survey. The 40-page report provides detailed analysis, tables, and graphs assessing visitation trends in several key categories. It provides detailed findings for institutions of different sizes, types, regions, and costs of entry. Budget-based analysis is provided for nationwide trends, as well as for trends by institution type, region, and cost of entry. The full report allows history professionals to find appropriate comparisons for their institutions and offers a broad assessment of national visitation trends.

  • Online Course: Collections Management (Spring 2020)

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    MAR. 2 - APR. 26, 2020 | Collections Management is an AASLH Online Course presented by instructor Erin Richardson. This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Successful completion of this course earns one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

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    An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course

    Course Description 

    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.

    At the beginning of the course participants will be asked to select five objects from their museum to work with throughout the eight weeks. During the course, participants will be working on a collection management policy draft, and conducting some management tasks with their mini-collection objects. 

    Details

    COURSE DATES: March 2 - April 26, 2020

    COST: $195 AASLH Members / $295 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: December 2, 2019 - February 23, 2020; 30 participant limit

    Course Logistics

    FORMAT: Online, instructor-led, weekly-paced course

    LENGTH: 8 weeks

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Four one-hour online chats, participation is expected for at least two chats - chat schedule to be determined by the instructor at the start of the course - if you are unable to attend a chat you can read the transcript and then post your thoughts/questions in the General Forum; weekly readings and assignments; final course assignment. Students should expect to spend approximately 2-5 hours per week on the course.

    MATERIALS: One required text: John E. Simmons, Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies, 2nd Ed. Washington, DC: American Alliance of Museums, 2017 (ISBN 10:1-933253-03-07). Optional text: Daniel B. Reibel. Registration Methods for the Small MuseumFourth Edition, Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2008 (Paperback ISBN 978-0-7591-1131-8)  (Texts are NOT INCLUDED with your registration. You must order the book separately from the book seller of your choice.)

    CREDIT: Successful completion of this course (80% or higher) will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

    Participant Outcomes

    By the end of this course participants will:

    • Develop a detailed draft of a Collections Policy
    • Identify a collection of objects
    • Develop a standardized set of registration records and forms including inventory, catalog, accession, and loans
    • Learn about various registration numbering systems and how to mark objects appropriately
    • Discuss issues related to collections strategies, mission, purpose, and scope of collections
    • Develop a broader understanding of legal and ethical concerns of managing collections

    Who Should Take This Course

    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 collections management. This course requires participants have access to museum collections to successfully complete this course, either as a staff member, volunteer, or intern.

    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.   

  • Online Course: Financial Structures and Strategy (Spring 2020)

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    MAR. 2 - MAR. 29, 2020 | Financial Structures and Strategy is an AASLH online course presented by instructor Rebekah Beaulieu. Intended for those with little to moderate familiarity with financial concepts, this four-week course helps students better understand institutional finance and accountability.

    Course Description

    Intended for those with little to moderate familiarity with financial concepts, this four-week course helps students better understand institutional finance and accountability. Staff, board members, and volunteers will find this course applicable to their work within nonprofit organizations, agencies, and other structures.

    “Financial Structures and Strategy” introduces the “big ideas” of organizational financial management: functional accounting, transparency, the annual reporting process, and the relationship between finance and mission. Not only will students learn the basic structures and functions of financial oversight, they will also understand how to activate finance as a strategic tool to benefit organizational planning and evaluation.

    Over the four weeks, students participate in dynamic discussions, review relevant and timely readings, and ultimately learn how to prepare and analyze financial systems.   

    The course is divided into four weekly segments, each accompanied by an online lesson, forum, chat, and assignment:

    • Week 1: Course overview and introduction to financial systems
    • Week 2: Overview of the annual audit process and preparation of financial statements
    • Week 3: Introduction to the IRS Form 990, UBIT, and other tax considerations
    • Week 4: Strategies and recommendations for long-term institutional financial health

    Note: The Introduction to Financial Management course presented by AASLH is not required as a prerequisite for this course, though may prove useful in preparation.

    Details

    COURSE DATES: March 2 - March 29, 2020

    COST: $150 AASLH Members / $250 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: November 1, 2019 - February 23, 2020; 20 participant limit

    Course Logistics

    FORMAT: Online, instructor-led, weekly-paced course 

    LENGTH: 4 weeks 

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly real-time online office hours; weekly assignments; final course assignment; Students should expect to spend 2-5 hours per week on the course.

    MATERIALS: One required text, Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums, Rebekah Beaulieu, 2017 (Texts are NOT INCLUDED with your registration. You must order the book separately from the book seller of your choice.) Students should bring real-life financial information to the course to be used in course assignments to create a budget. Students should also have access to and basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel or a similar spreadsheet program as it will be used extensively to complete assignments. Note: all institutional financial information will be kept confidential and shared only with the instructor. 

    Participant Outcomes

    Participation in this course will help you:   

    • Understand basic nonprofit functional accounting systems and the role of financial transparency
    • Structure and execute the annual financial reporting process
    • Analyze financial data according to mission relevance
    • Establish financial procedures to ensure financial sustainability.

    Who Should Take This Course

    Whether you have financial responsibilities at your organization, wish to build a skill set for a leadership position in the future, or simply want to better comprehend and contribute to financial decision-making, this course is for you.  

    ​Rebekah Beaulieu

    Rebekah Beaulieu, Ph.D. is the Director of the Florence Griswold Museum, an art museum, National Landmark historic house, and 13-acres of gardens and grounds in Old Lyme, Connecticut. She serves on the faculty of AASLH’s History Leadership Institute, and is a member of the Association’s Finance Committee. Becky is also a board member of the New England Museum Association and Connecticut Humanities, and was recently appointed an AAM Accreditation Commissioner.   

    Becky is the author of Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). She holds an M.A in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and in Arts Administration from Columbia University; she earned her Ph.D. in American and New England Studies at Boston University.  

    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.   

  • Online Course: Leadership and Administration for History Organizations (Spring 2020)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    MAR. 2 - APR. 26, 2020 | Leadership and Administration for History Organizations is an AASLH online course presented by instructor Anne Ackerson. This eight-week 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. Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.​

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    An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course

    Course Description 

    History museum leadership is more complex and demanding than ever before, requiring updated and innovative ways to meet mission and keep organizations healthy. Thoughtful, intentional museum administration and leadership matters, regardless of the size or focus of your organization.

    During the eight weeks of this course, modules addressing governance and administrative structures, nonprofit status and the public trust, mission and vision, the relationship between board and staff, including their roles and responsibilities; strategic planning, human resource development and management, and leadership will be covered. 

    The course is divided into eight weekly segments and includes a combination of topical reading assignments and related weekly assignments and online chats. A final course assignment is due the last week of class.

    • Week 1: Course overview; an inside look at nonprofits, public trust and governance
    • Week 2: Museum Boards, Their Roles, Responsibilities, Expectations, and Their Relationship to Museum Staff
    • Week 3: The Importance of Museum Vision and Mission
    • Week 4:  Administrative and Management Responsibilities, Relationships, Structures, Systems and Networks
    • Week 5:  Human Resource Management – Building Effective Teams and Mentoring
    • Week 6:  Why Leadership Matters, At All Levels
    • Week 7:  Charting Your Museum’s Future and Measuring Effectiveness
    • Week 8:  Putting It All Together: Where the Field is Heading and How You Fit In

    Details

    COURSE DATES: March 2 - April 26, 2020

    COST: $195 AASLH Members / $295 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: November 1, 2019 - February 23, 2020; 20 participant limit

    Course Logistics

    FORMAT: Online, instructor-led, weekly-paced course

    LENGTH: 8 weeks

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly one-hour online chats (schedule to be determined based on student availability); weekly assignments; final course assignment. Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week on the course.

    MATERIALS: Two required texts: Leadership Matters: Leading Museums in an Age of Discord, Second Edition, Anne W. Ackerson and Joan H. Baldwin, 2019 and Museum Administration 2.0, Hugh H. Genoways and Lynne M. Irleland, Revised by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, 2016. (Texts are NOT INCLUDED with your registration. You must order the book separately from the book seller of your choice.)

    CREDIT: Successful completion of this course (80% or higher) will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

    Participant Outcomes

    After completing this course, participants will understand principles and best practices of Leadership and Administration including the following:

    • the public trust role and governance structure of most nonprofit museums;
    • the importance of museum mission, vision, change, and strategic planning;
    • the major administrative and leadership roles and responsibilities of the board and staff;
    • the key issues in human resource management, including building effective teams
    • why leadership matters at all levels;
    • charting your museum’s future and measuring effectiveness; and
    • where the museum field is heading in the future.

    Who Should Take This Course

    Successful participants will be individuals in institutional leadership positions at the staff, board, and volunteer levels (where volunteers supervise others), who have significant decision-making responsibilities and who have the ability to affect positive, substantive change within their organizations.  This course is not appropriate for students, interns, or volunteers who do not have managerial responsibilities. We recommend that only one person per institution take this course at a time. To read about a participant’s experience, take a look at this blog post by a Leadership and Administration student: Leadership Matters At Every Level.

    Anne Ackerson

    In a career spanning three decades, Anne Ackerson has served as director of several historic house museums and historical societies in central and eastern New York, the director of the Museum Association of New York, and now currently serves as the executive director of the National Council of State Archivists.

    In 1997 Anne began an independent consulting practice focusing on organizational development issues for the smaller nonprofit cultural institution. She writes regularly about management and leadership issues for cultural institutions in her blog, Leading by Design. She is a frequent workshop/webinar presenter on issues of museum ethics, executive leadership, financial management, and board roles and responsibilities. In addition to teaching this course, she developed curriculum materials and a webinar on strategic planning for the American Association of State and Local History’s StEPS program, a national standards program for history museums.

    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.   

  • Online Course: Museum Education and Outreach (Spring 2020)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    MAR. 2 - APR. 26, 2020 | Museum Education and Outreach is an AASLH online course presented by instructor Tanya Brock. This eight-week course online course teaches participants how they can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums. Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.​

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    An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course

    Course Description 

    At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are engaging, dynamic places of education. This AASLH online course, Museum Education and Outreach, is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums. The program looks at the larger umbrella of programming at sites and explores the large concept of who our audiences are, how best to connect with them, and what is needed to develop various methods.

    This course requires regular check-ins, sharing and commenting on peer work, and participation in scheduled live chats. Participants will help shape the flow of the course in addition to providing resources and insights on each other’s work. Assignments are made weekly to allow for regular feedback and dialogue. While work can be done at your own pace, meeting deadlines is encouraged to maximize the experience. Throughout the course you will develop a toolkit of strategies, policies, and documents ready for immediate implementation.

    • Week 1: Defining the Museum / Museums and Memory
    • Week 2: Interpretation Strengths, Weaknesses, and Best Practices
    • Week 3: Audiences and Identifying Your Key Ones
    • Week 4: Education Program Planning, Management, and Evaluation
    • Week 5: Organizing of Museum Education and Outreach
    • Week 6: Community Partners and Funding
    • Week 7: Leading Staff and Volunteers
    • Week 8: Action Plan for Future Programming at your Museum

    Details

    COURSE DATES: March 2 - April 26, 2020

    COST: $195 AASLH Members / $295 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: November 1, 2019 - February 23, 2020; 25 participant limit

    Course Logistics

    FORMAT: Online, instructor-led, weekly-paced course

    LENGTH: 8 weeks

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Bi-weekly one-hour online chats - schedule to be determined by the instructor at the start of the course - if you are unable to attend a chat you can read the transcript and then post your thoughts/questions in the General Forum; weekly readings and assignments; final course assignment. Students should expect to spend approximately 5 hours per week on the course.

    MATERIALS: One required text: The Museum Educator's Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques, Second Edition, Anna Johnson, Kimberly A. Huber, Nancy Cutler, Melissa Bingmann and Tim Grove, 2017. (Texts are NOT INCLUDED with your registration. You must order the book separately from the book seller of your choice.)

    CREDIT: Successful completion of this course (80% or higher) will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

    Participant Outcomes

    At the end of this course you will be able to:

    • describe the characteristics and learning needs of various museum audiences;
    • summarize what we know about learning in museums;
    • assess the strengths and weaknesses of interpretive techniques and program approaches;
    • utilize a system for planning, operating, and evaluating museum educational programs;
    • access resources to assist you in future development of effective learning experiences

    Who Should Take This Course

    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 developing education programs and goals for museums. Successful participants should be ready to look past traditional methods and challenge themselves to work around site-specific hurdles.

    Tanya Brock

    Tanya Brock is one who tends to take leaps and jumps rather than the straight path. Her career has spanned museum education, visitor services, exhibit planning, historical research, educational program consultant, and community partner liaison. Whether teaching food preservation classes or designing and running the nation’s first functioning historical brewery or running a brewpub co-op, her passion has always been centered on food—its power to unite and act as a storyteller for communities.

    Her education is a patchwork of cultural anthropology, food preservation, heritage interpretation, and museum administration. This background has built a foundation of various perspectives from which she draws from when designing programs. Over a 20-year period she has worked with audiences of all sizes, ages, and backgrounds yet believes at the end of the day, it is the guest who drives the conversation and the experience.

    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.   

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