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  • Recorded Webinar: Everyday Museum Advocacy

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    Everyday Museum Advocacy is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about what advocacy is and why it is important. This event is presented by Karen Ackerman Witter.

    Everyday Museum Advocacy is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about what advocacy is and why it is important. This event is presented by Karen Ackerman Witter. Do your elected officials know how you serve their constituents? Do you have champions for your organization? Are you prepared in the event legislation or policies are proposed that would adversely affect your museum? Advocacy involves communicating what your museum does and why it is important. Making advocacy a part of ongoing operations can help build a stronger institution. Staff at all levels, board members, volunteers, constituents, and the many people who value museums can all play a role. This webinar will cover what advocacy is and why it is important, and, through real world examples, address how advocacy is similar to both donor cultivation and disaster planning. Participants will learn how to do simple things to incorporate advocacy into ongoing operations and also how to engage in field-wide advocacy.

  • Recorded Webinar: Facebook for Museums and Historic Sites

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    Facebook for Museums and Historic Sites is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the use of Facebook for historic institutions. This event is presented by Hannah Hethmon.

    Facebook for Museums and Historic Sites is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the use of Facebook for historic institutions. This event is presented by Hannah Hethmon. Facebook is used by over 100 million adult Americans every day and is the most popular social networking site in the US and the world. It’s important that museums and historic sites know how to effectively use this platform to increase awareness of their institution, further their mission, engage their audience online, and inspire new and existing audiences to visit. Join AASLH’s Hannah Hethmon for an in-depth look at Facebook for museums and historic sites. 

  • Recorded Webinar: Fraud at the Museum: Protecting Your Organization from a Devastating Event

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    Fraud at the Museum: Protecting Your Organization from a Devastating Event is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the ways fraud is most often committed and then discovered. This event is presented by Kelly Paxton.

    Fraud at the Museum: Protecting Your Organization from a Devastating Event is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the ways fraud is most often committed and then discovered. This event is presented by Kelly Paxton. Nonprofit organizations are second only to the banking and financial sectors in the occurrence of fraud, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Perhaps you have heard or read about a museum or other nonprofit in your area that suffered financial theft by an employee, volunteer or board member. Or perhaps your organization has been the unfortunate victim of fraud like AASLH was in 2011. While fraud has always been around, it has, in recent years, become all too common at history museums and related organizations.  Financial fraud can happen to any size history organization from the very large to the smallest of small. But it’s only after they become a victim that the vast majority of organizations take steps to protect themselves against fraud. In this webinar, guest speaker Kelly Paxton discusses the ways fraud is most often committed and then discovered. She offers recommendations for policies and procedures that can not only prevent a devastating financial loss, but protect staff and board members as well. Join us for this interesting and informative webinar that will help your organization avoid becoming another fraud statistic.

  • Recorded Webinar: Growing Things: Case Studies in Interpreting Agriculture

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    Growing Things: Case Studies in Interpreting Agriculture is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about successes in linking site-specific and culturally distinct stories to the big topic of agriculture.

    Growing Things: Case Studies in Interpreting Agriculture is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about successes in linking site-specific and culturally distinct stories to the big topic of agriculture. Farm to fork – Community Supported Agriculture – Locally sourced foods. Any AASLH member can find ways to connect their institution to these hot topics. Presenters in this webinar share their successes in linking site-specific and culturally distinct stories to the big topic of agriculture. They show that place matters, that nature and the environment provide a foundation to interpret farming, and that institutions from historic houses and historical societies to metro parks (rural, urban, and suburban) have the resources to engage their audiences in “agriculture.” Each attendee will have access to the same questions that presenters addressed as they prepared for the webinar. Webinar attendees can use these questions to launch their own agriculture interpretation.

  • Recorded Webinar: Historic House Call: Developing Discussion Based Interpretation

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    Historic House Call: Developing Discussion Based Interpretation is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about how conversation promotes individual and group learning and helps to build connections to historic sites. This event is presented by Ron M. Potvin and is part of the Historic House Call series, presented in partnership with the AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee.

    Historic House Call: Developing Discussion Based Interpretation is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about how conversation promotes individual and group learning and helps to build connections to historic sites. This event is presented by Ron M. Potvin and is part of the Historic House Call series, presented in partnership with the AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee. Conversation. Chat. Dialogue. Discussion. These are words that visitors may not often associate with the guided tour. However, historic house museums have the unique opportunity to invite visitors in, offer them a place to sit, and give them a voice. This webinar illustrates how conversation promotes individual and group learning and helps to build connections to historic sites. It will provide strategies for encouraging conversation and discussion on tours, including asking the right questions, listening, and breaking down barriers to comfort and connection. Attendees will also receive resources and training materials for interpreters.

  • Recorded Webinar: Historic House Call: Home for the Holidays: Interpreting Christmas at Your Historic Site

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    Home for the Holidays: Interpreting Christmas at Your Historic Site is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about planning for the Christmas holiday at your historic site. This event is presented by Kenneth Turino and Andy Hahn.

    Christmas in July? Yes, it’s time to start planning for the Christmas holiday at your historic site. For many historic sites, the holiday season, Christmas and New Year’s, are the most visited times of the year. This webinar will examine the pros and cons of interpreting the holiday and different approaches (period installations or those that only evoke the season) a site may take. This webinar will briefly present the evolution of Christmas traditions in America acknowledging regional differences.  It will also offer resources for doing research and a practical guide to obtaining period appropriate decorations and managing the installation at your historic house. The presenters will offer successful examples and ideas for hosting a wide variety of events appropriate to the season and your site.

    About the Presenters:

    Kenneth Turino is Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions at Historic New England. Mr. Turino oversees the exhibitions program at Historic New England and community engagement projects in New England. Previously, Mr. Turino was Executive Director of the Lynn Museum, an active local history museum in Lynn, Massachusetts. Ken is an adjunct professor in the Tufts University Museum Studies Program. There he teaches courses on the future of historic houses. Mr. Turino is a Trustee of the House of Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts. He is on the faculty of The History Leadership Institute. Along with Max van Balgooy, he is in an instructor for AASLH’s Reinventing the Historic House Museum Workshop. He has published several articles on the history of Christmas and speaks on the topic widely.

    Andy Hahn is the executive director of the Campbell House Museum in St. Louis.  During his 15-year tenure he managed the planning and completion of a $3 million building restoration effort and more recently he spearheaded an expansion of the Museum’s research efforts culminating in the publication of two major books. Previously Andy was the curator of the corporate art collection and the corporate historian at the international brokerage firm A.G. Edwards. Andy is a member of AASLH’s Historic House Museums Committee.

  • Recorded Webinar: Historic House Call: How to Preserve Your Historic Building

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    Historic House Call: How to Preserve Your Historic Building is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, the methods for applying them to your historic building, and how they can help you apply for funds. This event is part of the Historic House Call, presented in partnership with the AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee.

    Historic House Call: How to Preserve Your Historic Building is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, the methods for applying them to your historic building, and how they can help you apply for funds. This event is part of the Historic House Call, presented in partnership with the AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee. Rehabilitating and preserving an historic building can be challenging...unless you have the right tools! Come learn about the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, the methods for applying them to your historic building, and how they can help you apply for funds! Historic Buildings are simultaneously the largest asset and the greatest liability for many organizations.  This session will provide an overview of the tools available for funding, and the Standards most often associated with those funding tools. This session will primarily focus on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The presenters will provide an overview of the four different treatment types, and review in detail, the most commonly-used treatment: Rehabilitation.  Each of the ten Rehabilitation Standards will be reviewed, illustrating with examples how they are applied.

  • Recorded Webinar: Historic House Call: Immersive Education in Historic House Museums

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    Historic House Call: Immersive Education in Historic House Museums is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the unique ways the Molly Brown House Museum and Byers-Evans House Museum, in Denver, CO, have reworked their spaces. This event is presented by Jamie Melissa Wilms and Jillian Allison.

    Historic House Call: Immersive Education in Historic House Museums is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the unique ways the Molly Brown House Museum and Byers-Evans House Museum, in Denver, CO, have reworked their spaces. This event is presented by Jamie Melissa Wilms and Jillian Allison. This webinar looks at the unique ways the Molly Brown House Museum and Byers-Evans House Museum, in Denver, CO, have reworked their spaces to bring in more immersive, hands-on sensory learning not only for school children, but also for new groups including young professionals, repeat visitors, and the like.  This webinar will inspire attendees to look at their space in a whole new way and not be afraid to look beyond the ropes.

    About the Presenters:

    Jamie Melissa Wilms is originally from Wisconsin and moved to Colorado in 2009.  She has a BA in American History/Public Administration from Northern Michigan University and a MA in Historical Administration/American History from Eastern Illinois University.  Jamie has worked in the museum field for over 15 years in museums across the country including Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, New York, Michigan, Illinois, and of course Colorado.  She has been Director of Education at the Molly Brown House Museum since 2013.  Outside of her passion for history, Jamie loves to run, hike, spend time outdoors, watch football (Go Pack Go), and spend time with family & friends.

    Jillian Allison is the director of the Byers-Evans House Museum, a Community Museum of History Colorado.  Prior to joining History Colorado in 2014, she worked in collections and education at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys and the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming.  Jillian completed an MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University.

  • Recorded Webinar: Historic House Call: Interpreting Historic Landscapes

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    Historic House Call: Interpreting Historic Landscapes is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the variety of ways in which sites across the country are approaching the interpretation of diverse historic landscapes. This event is presented by Sean Sawyer and is part of the Historic House Call series presented in partnership with the AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee.

    Historic House Call: Interpreting Historic Landscapes is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about the variety of ways in which sites across the country are approaching the interpretation of diverse historic landscapes. This event is presented by Sean Sawyer and is part of the Historic House Call series presented in partnership with the AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee. Over the past decade there has been much hand-wringing about the decline and fall of the historic house museum and much attention paid to strategies for resuscitating or abandoning them. All the while, a key resource for expanding the meaning of historic sites, deepening the visitor experience, and enhancing sustainability lay right outside the door: the historic landscape. This webinar will examine the variety of ways in which sites across the country are approaching the interpretation of diverse historic landscapes, from large estates to small urban sites, in order to expand a site’s significance and stimulate engagement for contemporary audiences. Join Sean Sawyer as he presents case studies focused on extracting lessons from the front lines of historic landscape interpretation.  Issues examined will include: shifting organizational culture and public perception to understand the significance and value of historic landscapes; the development of site-wide interpretation to include historic landscapes as integral, rather than supplementary; the inclusion of viewsheds within the interpretation of historic landscapes; the logistics of landscape tours, including pricing, guide training, interpretive technologies, accessibility, and weather concerns; and tactics for community engagement through the historic landscape.

  • Recorded Webinar: Historic House Call: Risk Assessment in Historic Houses

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    Historic House Call: Risk Assessment in Historic Houses is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about unique issues in historic house preservation needs, especially in terms of disaster preparedness. This event is presented by Samantha Forsko and is part of the Historic House Call webinar series, presented in partnership with the AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee.

    Historic House Call: Risk Assessment in Historic Houses is an AASLH Continuing Education recorded webinar. This webinar is about  unique issues in historic house preservation needs, especially in terms of disaster preparedness. This event is presented by Samantha Forsko and is part of the Historic House Call webinar series, presented in partnership with the AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee. Historic houses present unique issues in their preservation needs, especially in terms of disaster preparedness. This webinar explores those needs through a discussion of hazards, risk assessments and evaluations, and mitigation methods – all with a focus on historic houses.


    Samantha Forsko is the Preservation Specialist at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), where she primarily works with institutions and their collections. She conducts on-site preservation needs and risk assessments and assists with preservation and emergency planning. She also develops and presents educational programs and provides technical information to libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions.  Since starting at the Center in 2015, Samantha has also been the project manager of the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network (PaCRN), aiming to improve emergency response and preparedness for cultural institutions across the state. Before joining CCAHA, Samantha worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a collections manager. In addition to providing long-term care for the nearly 200,000 permanent collection objects owned by LACMA, she also served on the Emergency Preparedness Committee, responsible for writing, updating, and training the 300 member staff on the implementation of the institution’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan. She has previously worked as a conservation technician for the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Cascadia Art Conservation Center, both in Portland, Oregon, primarily providing preventive maintenance and care for outdoor public art collections. Samantha received her MA in Arts Management with a focus on Archival and Museum Studies from Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California, writing her master’s thesis on Emergency Preparedness in Cultural Institutions.