Archive for the ‘Audience’ Category

  • Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day, May 28, 2018 through Labor Day, September […]

  • Full disclosure: I’m no sports fan. Not even close. But last year I discovered something that made sports not only tolerable but enjoyable to watch when I discovered vintage baseball. To those who haven’t heard of it, vintage baseball is living history/reenactment for a sport. In our state, vintage base ball (two words as in […]

  • We congratulate these members who earned StEPs certificates last month! The Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations is AASLH’s self-study standards program 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 assess their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against nationally recognized […]

  • Last month, I attended my first AASLH workshop, “Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions.” My attendance was made possible by receiving AASLH’s diversity workshop scholarship. The two-day workshop was held at historic Locust Grove, in my city of Louisville, Kentucky.  The instructors, Alexandra Rasic of the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum and […]

  • 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 […]

  • Through the AASLH Diversity Workshop Fellowship, I was fortunate to attend the two-day Exhibit Makeovers workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Charlotte Museum of History in early March.  I chose to attend this workshop because I have worked more as an interpreter and educator, and now that my job focuses more on collections management […]

  • What do Locust Grove in Louisville, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati have in common? One, they all had connections to cholera. But more importantly, they all possess a strong desire to take a fascinating historical tidbit and demonstrate its relevancy today. Relevancy persisted as one of the […]

  • We congratulate these members who earned StEPs certificates in the last month! The Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations is AASLH’s self-study standards program 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 assess their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against […]

  • 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 […]

  • This project is the recipient of a 2017 History in Progress Award. In 1969, after the loss of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the subsequent 1968 riot in Louisville, two college students started a community basketball tournament in Louisville’s Algonquin Park. It blossomed almost instantly, and by the end of that summer, thousands of people […]