Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category

  • In the last few years, our field has begun to engage more intentionally with the stories and lives of enslaved people — in many cases, those whose stories went untold at historic houses across the country. New research and institutional courage — as well as a great deal of advocacy — help us to expand […]

  • Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. in February was an extremely eye-opening experience in the field I plan to dedicate my life to.  I was new to the American Alliance of Museums, having only joined a couple weeks before registering for MAD. I went as a student advocate and an emerging museum professional representing Northern […]

  • 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 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 […]

  • This review originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of History News. The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America’s Communities By Stephanie Meeks with Kevin C. Murphy (Washington D.C.: Island Press, 2016) The Past and Future City is a manifesto about the power of historic preservation to create positive change in […]

  • History Relevance in Canada

    January 24th, 2018

    Tim Grove is Chief of Museum Learning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, a founding member of the History Relevance initiative, and Chair of the Program Committee for AASLH’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Kansas City, “Truth or Consequences.” This post also appears on the National Council on Public History’s History@Work blog. Recently I […]

  • Members of the AASLH Council, AASLH President John Dichtl, and External Relations Coordinator John Marks invite you to join them at 2018 Museums Advocacy Day, February 26-27, in Washington, D.C. Joining 300 other advocates in Washington is a powerful way to support history organizations and their visitors and to press the issues impacting museums. Last […]

  • It was raining, and flooded, in historic Annapolis, Maryland, when 265 of us gathered for the second Keeping History Above Water conference. The swag was an umbrella!  It had the logo “Weather it Together,” referencing the sea level rise planning program of the City of Annapolis, and the camaraderie of conference-goers — heritage professionals and […]

  • Call for Proposals for a new edited volume Monument Culture: International Perspectives on the Future of Monuments in a Changing World In 2017, a year of difficult and often appalling events both on the national and international stage, monument culture unexpectedly became the centerpiece of discussion, protest, activism, and vandalism. Scholars and preservationists witnessed monument culture […]

  • Sometimes a bit of thread and yarn can offer a temporary fix when it comes to mending together a solution. The problem for which a solution is needed? Historical erasure. Enter “craftivism,”a contemporary word for a practice that has been around for probably as long as humans have been making things. Writer Betsy Greer is credited […]