Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (STEPS)
Enrollment in STEPS is open to Institutional and Academic Program members only. Nonmember organizations are required to first purchase an AASLH Institutional or Academic Program membership.
The STEPS program helps small- and mid-sized organizations take a leap forward by educating board, staff, and volunteers about museum operations, and providing a structure for meaningful planning.
After several years of work by AASLH staff and volunteers, an updated version of the STEPS workbook is now available. The spiral bound publication offers self-assessment questions and performance indicators (Basic, Good, and Better) to help your organization assess its policies and practices and identify opportunities for improvement. The workbook is divided into six sections: Mission, Vision, and Governance; Audience and Community Engagement; Interpretation; Stewardship of Collections; Stewardship of Historic Structures and Landscapes, and Management. The companion online STEPS Community offers sample forms, policies, and other valuable resources, discussion forum, and access to workbook section pdfs.
New STEPS enrollees receive one copy of the spiral bound workbook, access to the STEPS Community and other benefits. Additional hard copies of the workbook may be purchased here.
COST: $195 AASLH Institutional/Academic Program Members
NOTE: The STEPS workbook is a physical workbook that will be shipped to you shortly after your purchase. Workbooks cannot be shipped to a PO Box; street address only. Please be sure to provide a complete shipping address during checkout. You will receive access information to join the online STEPS Community upon enrollment.
Matt Arthur (Moderator)
AASLH Professional Development Manager
Matt Arthur is the Professional Development Manager. Before joining the AASLH team, Matt worked for 15 years in the Education Department at Tryon Palace in North Carolina. While there he oversaw daily tours and docents, planned and managed programs, conducted research into the enslaved community of Craven County, North Carolina, co-chaired the Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Committee and served as the site’s accessibility specialist. Matt has a BA from Barton College and is preparing for becoming a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies. In his free time, Matt enjoys going on adventures with his family, table-top role-playing games, knitting, and Netflix binges.