Live Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Structural Weaknesses Exposed by COVID-19

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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. 

This conversation has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Webinar Description

Join Lisa Anderson (Woodbury Art Museum) and Bill Peterson (Arizona Historical Society) for a discussion about how the COVID-19 crisis may have exposed weaknesses in the business models on which history organizations have come to rely. Lisa and Bill will provide both historical and anthropological perspectives while opening a dialogue with webinar attendees about the future of history institutions.  


DATE: April 8, 2020

TIME: 3:00 - 4:00 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone)

COST: $5 AASLH Members / $10 Nonmembers/ Free for anyone by using promo code below

PROMO CODE: If you are an organization that is facing financial strain due to COVID-19, please use promo code FREEWBR20 to waive the registration fee for this webinar. 

ACCESS: You will be provided with instructions on how to access the live event upon registration.

Learning Objectives

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Consider what vulnerabilities have been exposed in history organizations through the crisis
  • Discuss how to meld aspirational missions into stronger models of community building
  • Examine how to build healthier institutions for the future

Recording and Closed Captioning

We will record this event. Access the Recorded Webinar in the AASLH Resource Center after the event has passed. Registrants of this event receive complimentary access to the recording in their Dashboard.

Closed captioning is provided for the live event. A transcription of the closed captions is provided with the recording.

Lisa Anderson

Executive Director, Woodbury Art Museum

Lisa Anderson is the Executive Director of the Woodbury Art Museum at Utah Valley University. Before taking that position she was the CEO of the Mesa Historical Museum and the Arizona Spring Training Experience. She has worked in museums in various capacities for over 30 years serving as director, curator, collections manager, educator, community liaison, and consultant, and volunteer. She has served as a board member of the Western Museums Association and the Museum Association of Arizona where she was also President. She has also served on the board of the Central Arizona Museum Association. She has served on the AASLH Awards Committee and recently was chair of the AASLH Leadership Nominating Committee.

​Dr. Bill Peterson

Vice President of Collections and Education, Arizona Historical Society

Dr. Bill Peterson is currently the Vice President of Collections and Education for the Arizona Historical Society. Bill and his team manage the museum collections and education programs of the Arizona Historical Society at its facilities in Flagstaff, Tempe, Tucson, and Yuma. Bill has served as the president of both the Montana and Arizona Museums Associations. In July, Dr. Peterson, Bill begins a new position as the Director of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.


Live Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Structural Weaknesses Exposed by COVID-19
04/08/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 04/08/2020
04/08/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 04/08/2020
AASLH Conversations-Structural Weaknesses Exposed by COVID-19 - Handout - Closed Captioning Transcript
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