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  • Recorded Webinar: Understanding Provenance

    Contains 8 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/02/2019

    Understanding Provenance is an AASLH continuing education webinar presented by speaker Erin Richardson and recorded on April 2, 2019. This webinar presents best practices for provenance documentation, explores outdated practices, and considers the future of museum collection documentation. This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of online continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in collections management. This is StEPs Lab 17.

    Defined as the history of ownership and transmission of an item, provenance is an important consideration for museums and related institutions. Provenance confirms if the owner of an item has (or had) clear title in order to rightfully transfer it to an institution.

    Museum provenance stories have been all over the news lately. The British Museum will not return the Elgin Marbles to Greece - ever. The German government recently seized watercolors signed "A. Hitler" from an auction house because they were suspected to be fakes. These stories may seem worlds away from the typical acquisition and documentation problems found in history museum collections, but they offer pause for thought about the acquisitions processes of our museums.  What practices and procedures (if any) were followed years ago at your museum or site? How is provenance documented for acquisitions today? What might we want to consider for this essential process in the future?

    This 90-minute webinar will review current professional standards for documenting provenance of acquisitions. What types of documentation are reasonable? What questions might you ask a donor? We will also discuss how to approach or interpret previous practices at our museums that don't necessarily meet today's standards for documentation. Lastly, we'll consider what we may want to think about for the future of museum collection documentation. Participants will have an opportunity to submit provenance problems in advance of the session.

    This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of online continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in collections management. This is StEPs Lab 17.

    Details:

    RECORDED DATE: April 2, 2019

    COST: $15 Members / $30 Nonmembers

    Participant Outcomes

    This webinar will help participants:

    • Understand best practices and procedures for documenting the ownership history of objects that may be offered as donations to their museums;
    • Learn about circumstances that may warrant further careful consideration before considering an object for acquisition;
    • Thoughtfully interpret the existing ownership documentation for objects already in their collections, and
    • Know where to find information about trends in provenance research as they develop revisions to their collection management policies in the future.

    Speaker:

    Dr. Erin Richardson facilitates museums’ and cultural organizations’ capacity for mission delivery, particularly relating to art and artifact collections. With more than twenty years experience working with museum communities at Historic Cherry Hill, Fenimore Art Museum, and the Farmers’ Museum, she started a consulting firm in 2018 to assist museums in solving pressing long-term collection problems so that they may effectively serve their communities. Richardson holds a BA in American Studies from the SUNY Geneseo, a MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a PhD in Leadership and Policy from Niagara University. 

  • Recorded Webinar: Web Archiving: What, Why, and How

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/28/2019

    Web Archiving: What, Why, and How is an AASLH Continuing Education webinar recorded on February 28, 2019. This webinar is about archiving web-based content. It is presented by Jillian Lohndorf of the Internet archive.

    Knowledge of archiving web-based content is an increasingly important skill for those working with and interested in historical documents.  This webinar will include an overview of web archiving, and delve into collection development, terminology, processes, tools, workflows, and access methods. Specific use cases will be spotlighted, such as archiving online exhibits and social media, to give attendees some practical examples to take back to their institutions.

    Details:

    RECORDED DATE: February 28, 2019

    COST: $15 Members / $30 Nonmembers

    Description and Outcomes:

    Participant Outcomes:

    • Understand the value of web archiving to the historical record
    • Learn about 3-5 ways history and cultural organizations are using web archiving (online exhibits, tragedy or spontaneous event response, “record management” of their own social media presence, capturing their own website, etc.)
    • Know how to use the basic Internet Archive web archiving tool
    • Learn about other options for web archiving and next steps for access
    • Be inspired to archive their corner of the web

    Speakers:

    Webinar presenter Jillian Lohndorf. Her face, framed by long red hair, is slightly averted from the camera but her eyes are directed at the camera.Jillian Lohndorf joined Archive-It in 2016. Previously, she worked in the Archives and Special Collections at DePaul University and Rotary International, and as Web Services Librarian for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Recorded Webinar: What is Visitors Count?

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    What is Visitors Count? is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about Visitors Count!, a visitor survey program for medium to large history organizations. This event is presented by Cherie Cook.

    What is Visitors Count? is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about Visitors Count!, a visitor survey program for medium to large history organizations. This event is presented by Cherie Cook. Ready to start surveying your visitors? 

    Enroll in Visitors Count by contacting AASLH Senior Programs Manager Cherie Cook at cook@aaslh.org

    More than 200 museums and sites have used AASLH’s Visitors Count! program to collect valuable data to better understand their visitors’ expectations. Visitors Count! is a visitor survey program for medium to large history organizations. The program uses a proven survey instrument and custom questions specific to a participating museum or historic site. By collecting accurate data and feedback, organizations can make informed decisions based on visitors’ wants and needs instead of assumptions. Watch this free informational webinar to learn more about the program and decide if Visitors Count! is right for your organization.

  • Recorded Webinar: Why History Matters: An Interview with Lynn Hunt

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/28/2018

    Why History Matters: An Interview with Lynn Hunt is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the whys and hows of making history relevant to society today. This event is presented by Lynn Hunt and Tim Grove.

    Why History Matters: An Interview with Lynn Hunt is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the whys and hows of making history relevant to society today. This event is presented by Lynn Hunt and Tim Grove. As a history practitioner you know history matters, but does anyone else? In this AASLH webinar interview, Lynn Hunt, author of History: Why It Mattersand Tim Grove, History Relevance member, discuss the whys and hows of making history relevant to society today.

    Details:

    RECORDING DATE: August 28, 2018

    COST: Free to all

    Description & Outcomes:

    This AASLH webinar presents an interview between author Lynn Hunt and History Relevance member Tim Grove about the whys and hows of communicating the relevance of history. Questions are drawn from Lynn's recent publication, History: Why It Matters. The webinar will include thirty minutes of interview and twenty minutes of Q&A with participants. 

    Sample Interview Questions

    • Why is now a perfect time to advocate for the relevance of history?
    • How can we get the public more comfortable with the provisional nature of history?
    • Where do oral tradition, material culture, and photography intersect with the factual record? 

    Participant Outcomes

    • Participants will gain new perspective on why history matters in 2018
    • Participants will gain new ideas for how to emphasize the value of history in their work and at their institution
    • Participants will use the perspectives and ideas shared in the webinar to shape their work moving forward

    Speakers:

    Lynn Hunt has her B.A. from Carleton College (1967) and her Ph.D. (1973) from Stanford University and as an emeritus professor now holds the title of Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA. Before going to UCLA as Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History (1998-2013) she taught at the University of Pennsylvania (1987-1998) and UC Berkeley (1974-1987). She has authored, co-authored or edited books on the origins of human rights, the French Revolution, historical method and epistemology, time in history, the eighteenth century sources of religious toleration as well as the history of pornography and has co-authored textbooks on western civilization and the French Revolution. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages. She was President of the American Historical Association in 2002 and awarded the Nancy Lyman Roelker Award for graduate mentorship by the American Historical Association in 2010. She won distinguished teaching awards at Berkeley (1977) and UCLA (2013). Her new textbook on the French Revolution and Napoleon, co-authored with Jack Censer, was published  in 2017, and her book on History: Why It Matters was published in 2018. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991), Member of the American Philosophical Society (2003), and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (2014).

    Tim Grove recently started Grove History Consulting after twenty years at the Smithsonian Institution. His focus is helping museums and history sites be more relevant to their audiences and produce more engaging products and programs. He's co-founder of the History Relevance initiative and program chair of the upcoming AASLH conference in Kansas City. He's also author of four books, including The Museum Educator's Manual and a career memoir, A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History. 

  • Recorded Webinar: Writing the Grant: What's the Process Like?

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Writing the Grant: What's the Process Like? is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the grant writing process for historical institutions. This event is presented by Sarah Sutton.

    Writing the Grant: What's the Process Like? is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the grant writing process for historical institutions. This event is presented by Sarah Sutton. 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.  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! There’s no need to have a project or grant deadline yet, just an interest in helping your institution get its grant applications submitted!

    Leading this webinar is Sarah Sutton (you might know her as Sarah Brophy), a long-time independent museum professional working with historical societies, parks, gardens, zoos, and aquariums, helping them find good money for good projects. She is the author of Is Your Museum Grant-Ready? Assessing Your Institution’s Readiness to Attract Grants and Environmental Sustainability at Historic Sites and History Museums, both part of AASLH’s History Series with Rowman & Littlefield Press.

  • Technical Leaflet 173: Historical Archaeology as a Tool for Researching and Interpreting Historic Sites

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Historical Archaeology as a Tool for Researching and Interpreting Historic Sites is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #173 by Lu Ann De Cunzo tackles the value of historical archaeology as a tool for historic interpretation.

    Historical Archaeology as a Tool for Researching and Interpreting Historic Sites is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #173 by Lu Ann De Cunzo tackles the value of historical archaeology as a tool for historic interpretation. Historical archaeology consists of two principle activities, a technique and a tool for interpretation. Lu Ann De Cunzo explains the value of historical archaeology as a tool for historic interpretation with examples of interpretative themes that contextualize findings from historic sites. Also included is an outline for developing and implementing an archaeological management plan.

  • Technical Leaflet 175: A Systemized Approach to Exhibit Production Management

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    A Systemized Approach to Exhibit Production Management is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #175 by Kevin Britz tackles the progression of exhibit development and the management of exhibit teams.

    A Systemized Approach to Exhibit Production Management is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #175 by Kevin Britz tackles the progression of exhibit development and the management of exhibit teams. The "Team Approach" is a presented as a new idea to the museum field compared to the individual projects most museum professionals were used to traditionally. Britz presents two ideal management techniques borrowed from the business world for exhibit planning and implementation, the Milestone Review Technique and the Project Evaluation and Review Technique/Critical Path Method. Implementation phases of project management conclude the leaflet. For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 6, Exhibit Planning.

  • Technical Leaflet 176: Documentation Practices in Historical Collections

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Documentation Practices in Historical Collections is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #176 by Patricia Gordon Michael tackles AASLH's Common Agenda Program that commissioned a survey of history museums to assess the state of documentation of collections in historical institutions throughout the United States.

    Documentation Practices in Historical Collections is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #176 by Patricia Gordon Michael tackles AASLH's Common Agenda Program that commissioned, in the spring of 1990, a survey of history museums to assess the state of documentation of collections in historical institutions throughout the United States. The report contains results from nearly 900 history museums and historic houses and shows numerous gaps in the documentation of objects. Charts and graphs provide visuals for the level of documentation activities, staff time and funding allocated to documentation, and the nature of the institutions. The report's narrative explains the visuals while anecdotes from museum professionals provide perspectives for the gaps in documentation practices. The results show that historical collections are inadequately documented and explain the reasons for this lack of documentation. For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 10, Collections Management.

  • Technical Leaflet 179: Archival Materials in the History Museum

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Archival Materials in the History Museum is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #179 by Paul Eisloeffel and Lisa Gavin provides guidance for historical societies owning archival collections.

    Archival Materials in the History Museum is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #179 by Paul Eisloeffel and Lisa Gavin provides guidance for historical societies owning archival collections. They begin by explaining what can be considered archival and the unique way these should be organized compared to objects. Tips for accessioning an archival collection show museum professionals how to incorporate historical documents into their current cataloging system and the difference in numbering these pieces of the collection. A sample catalog worksheet provides a useful model for cataloging archival materials. For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 1, Archive Basics.

  • Technical Leaflet 180: The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. ​Technical Leaflet #180 by Mary Miley Theobald and Henry T. Tucker, Jr. explains how the ADA affected museum's hiring practices and the design of museum buildings.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #180 by Mary Miley Theobald and Henry T. Tucker, Jr. explains how the ADA affected museum's hiring practices and the design of museum buildings. Guidelines establish what questions are no longer appropriate to ask on employment applications, health insurance coverage, and the expectations for employees to ask for reasonable accommodations. This leaflet also discusses the standards new museum buildings should follow and the alterations museums should make to their facilities for ADA compliance. Particular attention is focused on what alterations are expected in historic structures and what is permissible due to grandfather clauses.