Project Management for History Professionals (February 2024) - Onsite Workshop

Project Management for History Professionals (February 2024) - Onsite Workshop

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Project Management provides valuable instruction in planning, managing and successfully completing projects of all types. In this workshop, you will learn how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history context. Instruction will cover all of the details in the four steps to successful project management:

  1. Define (creating a project charter, setting initial objectives, identifying risks and constraints, and more)
  2. Plan (developing a schedule, budget, etc.)
  3. Manage (providing feedback, negotiating for resources and resolving differences)
  4. Review (turning over deliverables, documentation and more)

Using real project ideas, participants apply project management principles to create a project charter and scope diagram that help them return home equipped to begin or continue their project in an efficient, orderly and open manner.


SESSION DATE: February 29 and March 1, 2024

LOCATION: Johnson County Museum Arts & Heritage Center8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS  66212

COST: $350 AASLH Members / $475 Nonmembers 

EARLY BIRD RATE: $300 AASLH Members / $425 Nonmembers; Must register by December 31, 2023 to receive the Early Bird rate. 

OPEN REGISTRATION: September 25, 2023 - February 21, 2024; 30 participant limit. Workshops typically fill up before the registration deadline, so register early.


FORMAT: In-person, group workshop

LENGTH: Two days (Approx. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

MATERIALS: Workshop materials will be provided upon registration and in-person at the event.

CREDIT: Registrants that attend and participate in both days of the workshop will earn a Certificate of Completion from AASLH.

Who Should Attend This Workshop

Project Management is valuable training for staff at all levels. And, whether your work involves exhibitions, education and programs, planning, fundraising, collections, historic preservation or the many other tasks staff at history organizations address every day, you will leave this workshop with new skills, ideas and tools for successfully completing projects.

Lisa Craig Brisson

Online Course Instructor and Workshop Facilitator


Lisa Craig Brisson is the Executive Director for the Michigan Museums Association. She took the AALSH Project Management for History Professionals workshop in 2014 and applied the principles she learned to her organization, which is now thriving. She also took the online course by AASLH, has spent hundreds of hours learning how to best use project management techniques, and is working toward her certification. 

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Lisa received her B.A. in history and secondary education from the University of St. Thomas and an M.A. in History from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. She has worked for or done history or museum-related project with the Minnesota Historical Society, Ramsey County (MN) Historical Society, Old Sturbridge Village (MA), The Farmer's Museum (NY), Mackinac State Historic Parks, the Visitor Studies Association, the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education, North Central Michigan College, the Cheboygan Area Public Library/Museum on Main Street, Central Michigan University, Harbor Springs Historical Society, and the Mackinac Island Center for the Arts. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan, the Upper Peninsula (MI) Arts and Culture Alliance, and the Coalition of State Museum Associations. 

Lisa lives in the Straits of Mackinac region of Michigan, where Lakes Michigan and Huron join and the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan are closest together. She lives with her husband, Steve, who is the director for Mackinac State Historic Parks and she has three adult children who are in various stages of leaving the nest. In the winter they live in Cheboygan, near the tip of the Lower Peninsula and in the summer they live on Mackinac Island in Lake Huron. Lisa enjoys downhill skiing, doing jigsaw puzzles, knitting hats, and hosting summer Happy Hours. 

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Agenda and Logistical Information
Day 1: Project Management for History Professionals
02/29/2024 at 9:00 AM (CST)   |  8 hours  |  Attendance Required
02/29/2024 at 9:00 AM (CST)   |  8 hours  |  Attendance Required
Day 2: Project Management for History Professionals
03/01/2024 at 9:00 AM (CST)   |  8 hours  |  Attendance Required
03/01/2024 at 9:00 AM (CST)   |  8 hours  |  Attendance Required
Workshop Materials



The Johnson County Museum is located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS. On some older GPS devices the Museum may appear at a Lackman Road location – this is the previous location and is not in use today.


There is ample public parking in front of the building, including accessible parking spots and bike parking. The Museum has a RideKC Bike share location as well.


 The building is accessible. There are wheelchairs available. Call to request one.


While the Johnson County Museum exhibit space does not permit any food or drink, the space where the workshop will be hosted in does allow food and drink. There are drinking fountains and water bottle filling stations inside the building.


There is a Starbucks location directly across Metcalf from the Johnson County Museum. There are also other coffee shops, including local coffee shops, such as Homer’s, Summer Moon, Dunkin’, Mud Pie Bakery, Caribou, and Scooter’s located within a mile and a half or closer to the Museum.

-Cell Service and Wifi: 

There is dedicated wifi in the building, as well as public wifi. Cell service, depending on the provider, may be spotty in some areas of the building.

-Dinner food and drink: 

There are a number of chain and local restaurants located on Metcalf, 95th Street, and Antioch. Downtown Overland Park (Old Overland Park) is home to a number of great eateries, breweries, and dessert locations, including Lulu’s Noodle Shop and Strang Hall (a food hall with various vendors). Downtown Lenexa and Shawnee, both located in Kansas and within 20 minutes of the Museum, also feature a number of restaurants, bars, and breweries, and Kansas City, Missouri is within 30 minutes of the Museum. There, the Crossroads, Country Club Plaza, River Market, and Power & Light District areas feature a number of shops, restaurants, bars, and dessert options.


Metcalf Avenue has a paved sidewalk/running trail. Nearby, Antioch Park has a number of paved paths and Indian Creek has a running/walking/biking trail.

If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Professional Development staff at or 615-320-3203.

Onsite Workshop Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations for onsite workshops must be submitted in writing via email to or mail to 2021 21st Ave S., Suite 320 Nashville, TN 37212. Cancellations made prior to the early-bird registration deadline date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made between the early-bird deadline date and eight days prior to the workshop will be subject to a $55 processing/materials charge. No refunds will be given within seven days of the workshop date. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

This excludes HLI Programs.