Archive for the ‘Best Practices’ Category

  • The Problem:  Cultural institutions often lack the ability to develop comprehensive emergency preparedness and response measures, which has put many of the country’s most prized artifacts in danger of being lost or destroyed in disasters. Heritage Preservation’s Heritage Health Index (HHI) highlighted this issue in a survey taken by over 30,000 institutions across America. The […]

  • Exciting changes are happening at the 980 organizations taking part in the StEPs program (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations). Our “StEPs Spotlight” blog series highlights accomplishments by participating organizations. Below is another example of how StEPs is helping organizations take a leap forward by improving policies and practices, opening lines of communication, and setting […]

  • January 1.  The start of a new year.  In my work life, most of my planning revolves around July 1 as the start of the fiscal year, or August as the start of the programmatic year for educational programming, but there’s still something special about January 1.  I’m not much of a resolution person.  I […]

  • Are you a volunteer working in a small local museum?  Are you a recent graduate whose degree did not fully prepare you for day-to-day work in a small cultural heritage institution? Or are you a long-term employee looking for a refresher on the foundational skills of your field? Small Museum Pro! is a professional certificate […]

  • It’s called StEPs (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations) and it is AASLH’s entry level assessment program for small- to mid-sized history organizations. Introduced to the field in late 2009 after an IMLS grant funded its development, there are now almost 1,000  organizations across the country using StEPs as a structure for identifying needed […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Since the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced, the topic has dominated the news cycles with more and more famous persons and political leaders answering to accusations of misconduct in relation to colleagues, acquaintances, and clients. Unfortunately, sexual harassment and assault is not limited to the world of entertainment […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]