POSTS FROM ‘Big Ideas for Small Museums’

  • 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 […]

  • As the Pokémon Go craze was taking hold of communities and blowing up in the press last week, Small Museum Committee member, Kristen Laise of Belle Grove Plantation received a most helpful email from her colleagues at the National Trust for Historic Preservation—Kelly Schindler, Associate Manager for Historic Sites Operations & Administration, Anne Nelson, Associate […]

  •   I just spent five days in Washington, D.C., at the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting and, while I am sure there were many things I should have been doing to prepare myself for the intensity of the information and social overload that was ahead, I found myself focusing on shoes as I prepared for the conference. […]

  • Several job-hunting colleagues have recently asked me to review their cover letters. Bearing in mind that I have not applied for a job in over 10 years, but have done some hiring in the more recent past, I offer these thoughts for consideration. The first paragraph should say exactly what you want: “I am applying […]