Archive for the ‘Best Practices’ Category

  • Visitors Count! is accepting organizations for summer/fall gate visitor surveying until June 14. For the upcoming teacher survey, the deadline to sign up is August 15. Visitors Count! is AASLH’s visitor research program for history organizations. Too often, institutions simply assume they know what their visitors want and need for a high quality visit and […]

  • We congratulate these members who earned StEPs certificates in the last month! The Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) 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 […]

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that it will award $21.7 million in grants for more than 200 humanities projects and programs this summer. “NEH grants matter in the many communities we serve around the country –in preserving cultural heritage, supporting local cultural organizations, and helping teachers teach and students learn,” said Chairman […]

  • We congratulate these members who earned StEPs certificates in April! The Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) 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 […]

  • Over the weekend, I was having a conversation with my husband, who works for a regional financial institution. He told me that his company recently hired a Chief Storyteller. Their job is to travel throughout their region to gather stories from fellow employees and clients about how they used the bank to achieve financial confidence. […]

  • Exciting changes are happening at the 800+ organizations taking part in the StEPs program (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations). Our “StEPs Spotlight” series highlights accomplishments by the participating organizations. Join us each month to read how StEPs is helping these organizations take a leap forward by improving policies and practices, opening lines of communication, […]

  • We congratulate these members who earned StEPs certificates in the last two months! We especially commend the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum for their completion of the StEPs program with Gold in all categories. The Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) is AASLH’s self-study standards program designed specifically for small to mid-sized history organizations, including […]

  • Last Fall, the Delaware County Historical Society approached Ball State University for help in reimagining their organization. The students who participated in this collaboration researched how Indiana historical societies have faced sustainability issues and wrote a recommendation report to the DCHS based on those findings. The Delaware County Historical Society in Muncie, Indiana faced an […]

  • The American Alliance of Museums announced this week the accreditation of fifteen museums across the nation,  six being newly accredited and nine achieving re-accreditation. The list included five AASLH member institutions: Museum of Danish America (Elk Horn, IA) Members since 2000 Nichols House Museum (Boston, MA) Members since 2005 Old Salem Museums & Gardens (Winston-Salem, NC) […]

  • Every year, AASLH receives over 100 nominations for our Leadership in History Awards, which recognize organizations doing “Good History.” Our Awards committee spends a week poring over the details of these program and exhibits, reading about what made them stand out. At the end, we have a list of exceptional projects and a lot of important takeaways […]