Recorded Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Stepping into the Profession

Recorded On: 01/29/2021

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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

Stepping into the Profession: Enhancing Internships and Independent Study through Best-Practices Training for Historical Administration

STEPS* is a self-study assessment tool used by 1,100+ history organizations around the country to improve their performance. Participants in this webinar will discuss using STEPS with graduate students to offer a high-altitude, holistic understanding of the programs and operations of history museums, historical societies, historic sites, and related history organizations. The STEPS workbook can be used in whole or in pieces to help students see how their internship fits the larger picture of their institution, and the STEPS program can provide frameworks for shaping more productive conversations with staff members, board members, and others about how public history institutions function.

In this webinar, you will learn how three Public History program directors are incorporating STEPS into their coursework and internships to provide students broader perspectives as well as hands-on projects working with local history organizations. The webinar will specifically help in planning summer internships.

*Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (STEPS) is a self-study, self-paced assessment tool designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, organizations enrolled in STEPS review their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against national standards. AASLH created the program in 2009 with the help of dozens of institutions and more than 140 volunteers. Revised in 2020, the program is part of the Continuum of Excellence used by the American Alliance of Museums. Organizations considering the program are invited to register for the “Is Your Organization Ready for Self-Assessment?” webinar recording.


  • Melissa Bingmann, Director of Public History, West Virginia University
  • Nan Kim, Director of Public History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Jay Price, Chair and Director of Local and Community History, Wichita State University


RECORDED DATE: January 29, 2021

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. 

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