Archive for the ‘Audience’ Category

  • It’s easy to see museum civic involvement as a set of extremes: take a polarizing stand or appease all sides. Many museums are finding that taking big and bold steps is the right choice for them. But others avoid taking a stand on charged issues and even avoid acting as a neutral convener. Connecting the […]

  • This post was originally published on the author’s Medium. It has been shared here with the author’s permission. How we talk about things matters. We are living in a time of deep divisions, where silos and binaries seem to choke the nuance from our views and social media feeds. In the wake of this political climate, educators […]

  • At the 2016 AASLH Annual Meeting, the Educators and Interpreters Committee hosted a session on cultural competency featuring staff from the Arab American National Museum (AANM). As staff from the first and only ethno-specific museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture, the presenters provided insight into the challenges they commonly […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Colony of Avalon is widely recognized as the best preserved early English colonial site in North America. Located in the rural community of Ferryland, Newfoundland, the colony was established in 1621 by Sir George Calvert (the First Lord Baltimore) as a place where Protestants AND Catholics could live and worship in peace. Today, the […]

  • 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 […]

  • I am really late to the party. I just listened to the Hamilton: An American Musical for the first time last week. As a history geek AND a theatre geek, I snootily assumed (wrongly) that this musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda couldn’t possibly live up to the incredible hype it has received over the last year. […]

  • Given the positive and negative stigma surrounding Pokémon Go I decided to write a follow-up to my original blog, “Engaging New Museum Audiences with Pokémon Go.” This past week we hosted our Pokémon Take Over the Fire Museum event and to my surprise it was a huge success. In a little over two hours we […]

  • Working on the Visitors Count project for the last couple of years has been a satisfying experience of learning where we are performing well and where we could work to improve ourselves. I started at Heritage Museums & Gardens in 2013 and in the summer of 2014, I was given the Visitors Count project to […]

  • 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 […]