Live Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Working with Your Board During a Crisis

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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

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 ever-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.  


DATE: June 10, 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 or your organization are facing financial strain due to COVID-19, please use the 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.

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.

Catherine Keene Fields

Director, Litchfield Historical Society

Catherine Keene Fields has been director of the Litchfield Historical Society since 1987. She guided the society through accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums and is a successful fundraiser with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Connecticut Humanities Council among many others. She has served on the National Council of the American Association for State and Local History, the National Advisory Council of the Reynolda House Museum in Winston Salem, NC, the Connecticut Humanities Council, the Association for the Study of Connecticut History and the Connecticut League of History Organizations.  

​Irene N. Rodríguez

Executive Director, Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

Irene N. Rodríguez serves as Executive Director for Cabot’s Pueblo Museum. Irene began her leadership at the Palm Springs Art Museum, where she developed and strengthened community relationships in the Coachella Valley with the museum. Irene currently leads the organization in meeting its mission of promoting and preserving Cabot Yerxa’s legacy by increasing the visibility of the museum, developing multi-visit school program, and imparting the life story and experiences of Cabot Yerxa, the founder of the museum.

Norman Burns

President and CEO, Conner Prairie Museum

Norman Burns, President and CEO of Conner Prairie Museum in Fishers, Indiana, has been actively involved in museum administration and entrepreneurial leadership, fund raising, preservation, conservation, education, and cultural heritage tourism for over 34 years. As the CEO and Executive Director of six different historic properties and general museums in Tennessee, Virginia and Indiana, he has successfully developed nationally recognized-award winning programs, and created innovative approaches and compelling visions for operating history and general museums. Burns has served on various boards and committees for local, state, regional, and national cultural organizations including  AAM Accreditation and MAP programs, and is the incoming Chair for the American Association for State and Local History. 



Live Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Working with Your Board During a Crisis
06/10/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
06/10/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
AASLH Conversations-Working with Your Board During a Crisis - Handout - Closed Captioning
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Cancellation/Refunds for onsite workshops must be submitted in writing via email or mail. 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.

Cancellations/Refunds for online continuing education (webinars and online courses) must be submitted in writing via email or mail. Cancellations made prior to the start date for the online course or the day of the webinar will be given a full refund. No refund will be given after the start date for the online course or on/after the day of the webinar. Registrants may transfer their registration to another person. Registrations cannot be transferred between courses or course sessions. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed or emailed but never received.

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