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.
Alex Collins (Moderator)
AASLH Professional Development Manager
Alex Collins is a Middle Tennessee local who has worked and volunteered at local historic sites and museums since 2011. She holds a BA in History from Middle Tennessee State University. Before joining AASLH, Alex was employed with Bynon Art Services as a Conservation Technician on the new Tennessee State Museum project in Nashville, TN. She has also previously held positions at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, TN and the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna, TN. Some of her professional experience includes preventative conservation, collections management, interpretation, museum programming, and event planning. Alex is currently the Secretary and Membership Chair for the Inter-Museum Council of Nashville, and serves on the Awards Committee for the Tennessee Association of Museums.