POSTS FROM ‘Broadside’

  • Call for Proposals The Program Committee of the Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference is seeking session proposals for their November 2018 meeting in Tucson, AZ. As always, we are seeking session proposals on topics or issues relevant to our community of museums and aerospace education centers. The strength of the conference agenda is […]

  • Twenty years ago, we learned from Rosenzweig and Thelen’s The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life that history museums were the most trusted source of history, outperforming history professors, history teachers, and even history books. Despite its methodological richness, what most of us recall from The Presence of the Past is that […]

  • The week after Christmas, I saw The Greatest Showman which is a highly imaginative musical movie about P.T. Barnum, played by the always charming Hugh Jackman. The music is fun and the visuals are often stunning. Jackman and Zac Efron are great song and dance men that helped sell the infectious charm of the movie. […]

  • Small Museums Scholarships 2018 AASLH Annual Meeting and Online Conference Kansas City, MO – September 26-29 DEADLINE: June 8 The American Association for State and Local History will hold its Annual Meeting and Online Conference in Kansas City, MO from September 26-29, 2018. This year’s theme is Truth or Consequences. Museums and history sites have been ranked among […]

  • Back in 2016, AASLH was searching for new office space. Our rented office on Church Street where we had been for decades was no longer the best fit for our needs, and as a nondescript and fairly modern office building, it wasn’t helping us live our mission of supporting historic places. Enter St. Bernard Convent […]

  • Yesterday (February 12, 2018), President Trump sent his Fiscal Year 2019 budget request to Congress. Once again, he has proposed eliminating or slashing federal programs and agencies that serve history organizations and promote history around the nation. According to the National Coalition for History, some of the entities threatened include the following: Institute of Museum […]

  • To many people, she appeared the model employee. As the longtime finance director, she had gained the unconditional trust of the executive director and control of the purse strings. And that helped her carry out her most secret role in the organization: thief. Embezzlement. Fraud. Misuse of funds. Mismanagement. Skimming. Stealing from the cookie jar. […]

  • The Museum Education Roundtable (MER) is seeking nominations of qualified, committed and diverse professionals for election to the MER Board of Directors! About the Museum Education Roundtable (MER) The mission of the Museum Education Roundtable is to inspire innovative thinking for the field through engagement with scholarly and practice-based content explored in the Journal of […]

  • Exciting changes are happening at the nearly 1,000 organizations taking part in the StEPs program (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations). Our “StEPs Spotlight” blog series highlights accomplishments by participating organizations. Below is another example of how StEPs is helping organizations take a leap forward by improving policies and practices, opening lines of communication, and […]

  • This is the final post in a week-long series spotlighting Kansas City and Annual Meeting topics leading up to the announcement of the #AASLH18 speakers. AASLH is pleased to announce our featured speakers for the 2018 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting will take place at the Kansas City Conference Center in Kansas City, Missouri, September 26-29. The […]