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  • History News Winter 2018

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    History News is the official magazine of AASLH. Each quarterly issue includes featured articles, regular columns, and a Technical Leaflet.

    History News is the official magazine of AASLH. Each quarterly issue includes featured articles, regular columns, and a Technical Leaflet. Table of Contents: On Doing Local History: Local Historians, Politics, and the Public Good by Carol Kammen and Hope Shannon; The Whole is Greater:Ready to Listen, Speak, and Act by the AASLH Diversity and Inclusion Task Force; Investing in the Ecosystem by Amanda L. Higgins, and Patrick A. Lewis; Emerging Labor: Work and the New Public Historian by Jess Lamar Reece Holler; Talking about Slavery When Your Museum Wants to Avoid It by Cait Johnson; Hungry for History: Bringing Social Studies Back to Alabama by Caroline Gibbons; "Do You Have Anything in Your Museum about Me?" by Breann Velasco; Technical Leaflet #281: Get to Work: Crafting Cover Letters and Resumes for Emerging Professionals by Michael Dove and Krista McCracken; Reviews: Museum People podcast (rev. Hannah Hethmon); Manual of Digital Museum Planning (rev. Ty Pierce). Winter 2018.

  • Interpreting American Military History at Museums and Historic Sites

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    Utilizing material from his Rowman & Littlefield book Interpreting American Military History at Museums and Historic Sites, historian Marc Blackburn of Mount Rainier National Park and the America at War Podcast introduces ways to tackle the various components of American military history, providing alternatives to the traditional museum experience.

    Across the country, museums and historic sites welcome visitors into a world long gone but fundamental to America today. Military history in particular is etched into our country’s culture and the public’s imagination. The trouble, though, for museums and historical sites lies in continuing to make it both accessible and relevant to today’s audiences. Utilizing material from his Rowman & Littlefield book Interpreting American Military History at Museums and Historic Sites, historian Marc Blackburn of Mount Rainier National Park and the America at War Podcast introduces ways to tackle the various components of American military history, providing alternatives to the traditional museum experience.

  • Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites Webinar

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    This Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites webinar will provide an introduction to strategies for using food and food history to develop interpretation with depth and significance, making relevant connections to contemporary issues and visitor interests.

    Food is such a friendly topic that it’s often thought of as a “hook” for engaging visitors to museums and historic sites—a familiar way into other topic, or a sensory element to round out a living history interpretation. But food is more than just a hook—it’s a topic all its own, with its own history and its own uncertain future, and deserving of a central place in historic interpretation. This Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites webinar will provide an introduction to strategies for using food and food history to develop interpretation with depth and significance, making relevant connections to contemporary issues and visitor interests.

  • Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites

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    The Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites webinar will provide strategies for engaging with Native Americans beyond the legal framework of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), in order to work collaboratively, share authority, and incorporate multiple ways of knowing about the past into all interpretation about Native people, objects, histories, and cultures.

    Many museums and historic sites pride themselves on telling inclusive stories about the histories of the people in the communities they serve. Institutions often collaborate with groups within those communities to create better exhibitions and programming. But, when there is a long history of exclusion and disenfranchisement within the museum framework, as is the case for the numerous Native nations and First Nations tribes of North America, how can cultural institutions make efforts to have better relationships with these historically under-served communities? In today’s world, how can we provide space for and elevation to the voices of those who have been historically silenced? The Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites webinar will provide strategies for engaging with Native Americans beyond the legal framework of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), in order to work collaboratively, share authority, and incorporate multiple ways of knowing about the past into all interpretation about Native people, objects, histories, and cultures.

  • Live Webinar: Break the Budget Bubble: How to Build and Read Budgets (StEPs Lab)

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 03/20/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Break the Budget Bubble: How to Build and Read Budgets is an AASLH Continuing Education online event on March 20, 2019. This webinar is about budgets and financial literacy. The presenter is Becky Beaulieu. This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of online continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in financial management.

    For many people working in the history field, budgeting was not part of their training nor is it in their comfort zone. But financially sustainable history organizations do not happen by chance—it takes planning and regular attention to budgeting.

    This 90-minute webinar provides an introduction to budget/financial literacy with guest instructor Becky Beaulieu, author of Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Becky will discuss basic terminology including types of budgets, income, and expenses along with how to create and evaluate a budget so you can prepare for informed and cyclical budget planning. Join us for this valuable lesson on budgeting that will prove useful for years to come.

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

    Details:

    DATE: March 20, 2019

    TIME: 3:00 – 4:30 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone!)

    COST: $40 Members / $65 Nonmembers / $15 discount for StEPs participants with promo code found on StEPs Community website

    Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact flammia@aaslh.org for more information.

    Description and Outcomes:

    Participant Outcomes:

    • Learn basic budgeting terminology and development processes such as forecasting and evaluation;
    • Feel more confident about creating project and operating budgets, and 
    • Be aware of museum standards related to budgeting and steps their organization can take to meet those standards.

    Speakers:

    Rebekah Beaulieu, Ph.D. is the Director of Florence Griswold Museum, an art museum, National Landmark historic house, and thirteen acres of gardens and grounds in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Becky is on the boards of the New England Museum Association and Connecticut Humanities, on the faculty of AASLH’s History Leadership Institute, and a member of the AASLH Finance Committee. She is an AAM Accreditation Commissioner and board member for the AAM Historic Houses and Sites Professional Network. 

  • Online Course: Basics of Archives

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    Basics of Archives is an AASLH Continuing Education online course February 4, 2019 - March 1, 2019 hosted in the online classroom. This online course is about caring for historical records. This online course is taught by Charles Arp. The recently revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices.

    Basics of Archives is an AASLH Continuing Education online course February 4, 2019 - March 1, 2019 hosted in the online classroom. This online course is about caring for historical records. This online course is taught by Charles Arp. The recently revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices.

    Details

    DATES: February 4, 2019 - March 1, 2019

    COST: $85 members/$160 nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: December 7, 2018 - January 28, 2019

    Course Logistics:

    FORMAT: Online, self-paced course.

    LENGTH: 4 weeks; 15-20 hours to be completed anytime during the four-week course period (dates above).

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Online chat. There are no required times to be online.

    MATERIALS: There are no required texts for this course. All materials will be provided.

    GRADING: Pass/Fail. You must complete all exams within the allotted four weeks in order to pass the course.

    Description & Outcomes:

    The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices.

    The course consists of five lessons:

    • Archives and Archivists
    • Acquiring Your Collections
    • Processing Collections
    • Housing Your Collections
    • Access and Outreach

    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 archival materials.

    Instructor:

    Charlie Arp has a BA and MA in history from Ohio University where he specialized in archival studies. From 1991 to 2003 he worked at the Ohio Historical Society (OHS) where he held a variety of positions including archival processor, reference archivist, Head of Reference, Assistant State Archivist and State Archivist. As Assistant State Archivist he was the digital projects coordinator and he formed and chaired the Ohio Electronic Records Committee, an interdisciplinary group formed to draft electronic records policy, guidelines, and best practices for state and local governments in Ohio.  As State Archivist he was a senior level manager responsible for the planning, coordination, and administration of the operations of the State Archives including the Local Government Records program and the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor Archives/Library.

    In 2003 Charlie was hired by the Battelle Memorial Institute as Enterprise Content Manager. At Battelle Charlie pioneered managing electronic records in lieu of paper records. Charlie also supervised the Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) archives. GLP records fall under FDA regulations to ensure that the records documenting scientific research for substances put in or on humans are created reliably and maintained authentically over time. In 2015 Charlie tested and validated the use of an electronic management program to enable Battelle to create, manage, preserve and use electronic records as part of submissions to the FDA.

    In early 2016 Charlie accepted an offer for early retirement from Battelle. Since then he has started an archival and records management consulting firm and is writing a book on archives.

    Participant Feedback

    “This course was exactly what we need to improve our rather small Collection and take it to another step. Thanks for all of the ideas and information. I am especially impressed with how well the course is organized and presented online. The site was very well thought out and presented no problems for me – a slightly challenged computer geek-wanna be.”

    “This was a marvelous course and now I have confidence that I can do the work: material to reference and people to communicate with as needed.”

    “I just wanted to say thank you for having this course.  It has really helped me decide what direction I want to make my education in and had definitely helped me with some of the smaller preservation jobs I take on at the library.”

  • Online Course: Leadership and Administration for History Organizations

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    Leadership and Administration for History Organizations is an AASLH Continuing Education online course on February 4 - March 29, 2019. This online course is about history museum leadership. This online course is taught by Anne Ackerson.

    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.

    Administration and leadership matter, regardless the size or focus of your organization. This online 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.

    Details

    DATES: February 4 - March 29, 2019

    COST: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers

    OPEN REGISTRATION: December 7, 2018 - January 28, 2019; 20 Person Limit

    Logistics:

    FORMAT: Online, weekly-paced course

    LENGTH: 8 weeks

    PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly real-time telephone and online chats (schedule to be determined based on student availability); weekly assignments; final course assignment

    MATERIALS: Two recommended texts

    CREDIT: Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

    Description & Outcomes:

    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 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.

    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.

    Sample Curriculum

    • 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

    Texts Used (sold separately)

    Recommended Texts:

    Anne W. Ackerson and Joan Baldwin, Leadership Matters, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780759121850/Leadership-Matters

    Hugh H. Genoways and Lynne M. Ireland (revised by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko), Museum Administration 2.0, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442255524/Museum-Administration-2.0

    Who Should Attend:

    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.

    Instructor

    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.

  • Peb Yog Hmoob MN: Sharing Authority & Building Relationships w/ Your Communities

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    Join the creators of Peb Yog Hmoob Minnesota (We Are Hmong Minnesota) for a conversation about the process they used to develop their nationally award winning exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.

    How can history museums become more equitable concerning the people and stories they interpret and collect? Join the creators of Peb Yog Hmoob Minnesota (We Are Hmong Minnesota) for a conversation about the process they used to develop their nationally award winning exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. The entire project from palette to text was decided outside institutional control by the Hmong community – an idea still radical for many large and small history museums. The creators share their perspectives on community curated exhibits and how museums can overcome the lack of diversity and diverse viewpoints within historical interpretation.

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  • Recorded Webinar: 2014 OLC - Museum Management Tune Up Webinar

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    Museum Management Tune Up Webinar is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about new skills in employee assessment and review, communication, time management, and work relationships. This event is presented by Trevor Jones and Linnea Grim and is part of the 2014 Online Conference recordings.

    Museum Management Tune Up Webinar is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about new skills in employee assessment and review, communication, time management, and work relationships. This event is presented by Trevor Jones and Linnea Grim and is part of the 2014 Online Conference recordings. Are you as good of a manager as you want to be? Could you use a refresher on how good management techniques can improve the productivity of your history organization’s paid and unpaid staff? Join us for a practical webinar geared toward history professionals that will help you learn new skills in employee assessment and review, communication, time management, and work relationships.

    Don’t expect management theory – Trevor and Linnea will provide real world practical tools and specific concrete examples of behaviors participants can use today in historic sites and museums to create healthier, more productive, and happier work environments. 

    Presenters:

    Trevor Jones, Director, Museum Collections and Exhibitions, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY 

    Linnea Grim, Hunter J, Smith Director of Education and Visitor Programs, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA.