AASLH Conversations

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented crisis in our local communities, country, and world. Many are seeking answers and guidance during this time, and AASLH has been listening to the concerns from the history community. In response, we are offering more online content including the new AASLH Conversations webinar series. While no one has all the answers, we hope these topic-focused conversations will provide a space to share ideas to help us all keep moving forward.

We know many organizations are facing financial strain due to the pandemic, so we developed AASLH Conversations with that in mind. We have drastically reduced the registration fee and are also providing a special promo code to waive the registration fee completely. 

The AASLH Conversations webinar series has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Live Webinars

Live Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Working with Your Board During a Crisis
JUN. 10, 2020 | 3 - 4 PM EST | AASLH Conversations: Working with Your Board During a Crisis is an AASLH event presented by speakers Cathy Fields, Irene Rodriguez, and Norman Burns. Working effectively with boards is especially important during times of crisis. Join Cathy Fields, Irene Rodriguez, and Norman Burns as they discuss how they have been working with their boards to tackle the every-changing challenges of the current pandemic. They will discuss the importance of communication, adaptability, and the changing dynamics of how to govern properly moving forward.

Recorded Webinars

Recorded Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Deaccessioning in a Recession? Why and Why Not
RECORDED ON MAY 21, 2020 | AASLH Conversations: Deaccessioning in a Recession? Why and Why Not is an AASLH webinar presented by speakers Heather Kuruvilla, Erin Richardson, and Sally Yerkovich. Deaccessioning is a frequent topic of discussion and debate in the museum field. As US museums face financially uncertain futures, it is important that directors and other staff are prepared to navigate conversations with their boards and other governing bodies about deaccessioning. Join AASLH Standards & Ethics Committee members Sally Yerkovich, Erin Richardson, and Heather Kuruvilla for a conversation about history collections in discussions about museum finances. The conversation will also introduce AASLH’s newest position paper, “Valuing History Collections.” ​
Recorded Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Guidelines and Procedures for Reopening Your Historic Site
RECORDED ON MAY 20, 2020 | AASLH Conversations: Guidelines and Procedures for Reopening Your Historic Site is an AASLH webinar presented by speakers Ellen Busch, Sean Sawyer, and Kenneth Turino. Many of us are scrambling to figure how to bring our historic houses and sites back on line. Where do you turn for Federal and State laws and regulations? What do you need to do to protect your visitors, volunteers, and staff? Will you phase your opening, limit visitation etc.? Join Ellen Busch, Sean Sawyer, and Kenneth Turino as they seek to offer these and other questions while offering practical information and guidelines for reopening.
Recorded Webinar: AASLH Conversations: You Are Not Alone: Reopening Small to Mid-Sized Institutions
RECORDED ON MAY 15, 2020 | AASLH Conversations: You Are Not Alone: Reopening Small to Mid-Sized Institutions is an AASLH webinar presented by speakers LaNisha Cassell, Ray Giang, and Kathleen Maher. As the nation is looking toward a gradual reopening of businesses, what should small to mid-sized cultural institutions consider to assure patrons your team is doing all it can to make it safe to return to your place of business. What precautions have you taken, and what procedures have you instituted going forward? How have you adapted your content to virtual platforms and utilized social media to engage your audiences? Presenters will explore prior disaster recovery, how they handled it, and how they are using those experiences to navigate the current COVID 19 recovery efforts. Small to mid-sized arts, culture, and history organizations across the country are contemplating questions around the eventual reopening of their sites to the public. Join this moderated conversation with museum leaders LaNisha Cassell and Kathleen Maher and cultural experience expert, Ray Giang as they share lessons learned during the reopening strategies after major disasters. During this conversation, we hope to uncover solutions small to mid-sized organizations can implement as they begin to reopen their doors to the public.