POSTS FROM ‘Big Ideas for Small Museums’

  • Now in their eleventh year, the Small Museums Affinity Group’s annual scholarships help colleagues from small museums across the country join us at our Annual Meeting for four days of educational sessions, hands-on workshops, and networking. Funded through generous donations from AASLH members, this scholarship provides a great opportunity for members from small institutions  to […]

  • (This blog was originally published June 22, 2017 on the author’s personal blog, Archaeology, Museums & Outreach. Reprinted here with permission.)  This past Sunday, my colleague Gustavo Valencia Tello invited me to a Father’s Day lunch at his home in Casma, Peru. I am spending a couple of months in the area this summer as part […]

  • Although there has been an increase in the size and scope of academic museums, many teaching collections are not displayed to the general public. Museums have an opportunity to grow academic-public engagement in their communities by partnering with colleges and universities. At the Greeley History Museum, we recently embraced these types of beneficial partnerships by […]

  • To my astonishment, Baby Boom: Motherhood and Museums has consistently been one of the most popular AASLH blog posts since it was published a year ago.  And, honestly, I have very mixed feelings about that news. On the one hand, my competitive side is thrilled.  And the writer in me is also pretty astonished that […]

  • When my predecessor said to me: “How about you take over running  the museum in 2 or 3 years?,” my very first thought was “Holy #%*&% I’m going to have to fundraise!” Throughout our entire transition process, fundraising was my biggest worry. How am I going to figure this out? How do I make sure […]

  • I am pleased to announce that my colleague Beth Bollwerk and I have a new book that will be available in the coming weeks –  Positioning Your Museum as a Critical Community Asset: A Practical Guide, published by Rowman and Littlefield Press.  You can pre-order a copy at a 30% discount by using the promotional […]

  • Elizabeth Marston, Director of the Elgin History Museum (Elgin, IL), was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 AASLH/MMA Annual Meeting. You can learn more about the AASLH Small Museums Scholarships here. I was lucky enough to receive a Small Museums Committee scholarship to the AASLH Conference in Detroit this year. The scholarship allowed me the opportunity […]

  • Kathy McDonald, President and Curator of the Sebastian Area Historical Society, was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 AASLH/MMA Annual Meeting. You can learn more about the AASLH Small Museums Scholarships here. As a first time President and Curator of the Sebastian Area Historical Society (Florida), I had a lot to learn from the American Association […]

  • Jacob Thomas was awarded a Small Museums Scholarship to attend the 2016 AASLH/MMA Annual Meeting. You can learn more about the AASLH Small Museums Scholarships here.  If there is one impression I can take away from the 2016 AASLH/ MMA Annual Meeting, it is this: there are “Small Museums”, and there are small museums.  I attended […]

  • AASLH conference time is almost here!  Last year was such a great conference, and I even wrote a few notes to myself to help remember a few key things. And perhaps they might help you. Annual conferences give you just enough time to forget a few things (I may have said yes to a second […]