Archive for the ‘Collections’ Category

  • Are you seeking a way to involve community members and schools and, as a bonus, make your document collections easily accessible? To create such a program, the Historical Society of Cheshire County (HSCC), Keene State College, and Keene High School in New Hampshire teamed up with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a division […]

  • The Workshop In June 2017, the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives at Illinois College hosted faculty members for a hands-on workshop, Archives à la Carte. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities,the two-day workshop included individualized research appointments throughout the summer. The inaugural workshop was designed to engage participants with collections and enrich the curriculum. Participants in […]

  • The AASLH Series at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers is proud to announce three new titles for summer. Covering a wide range of subjects from project management to preservation and collections care, these latest AASLH books include brand new titles and new editions of classic works. Remember, AASLH members always get 20% off AASLH books. To […]

  • Exciting changes are happening at the 900 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 […]

  • In late July, news broke in The New York Times, Boston Globe, and National Public Radio about the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, deciding to deaccession forty works of art, thrusting the topic of museum collection policies, funding, and  public trust once again into the national spotlight. The Berkshire Museum issued a press release on July […]

  • During the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, thousands of Icelanders immigrated to North America. The majority settled in Canada—mostly in a Winnipeg, Manitoba colony called New Iceland. However, many also settled in the upper Midwest United States, with groups concentrated in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Dakota Territories. A large Icelandic community was also founded in Utah. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Six sessions recorded as part of our Online Conference for the 2016 AASLH/MMA Annual Meeting in Detroit are now available for purchase ($15 AASLH Members/ $30 Nonmembers). Visit our Online Store to find these and other recorded webinars. Small Museums, Big Impact! Change Agents Being small doesn’t mean thinking small. Examine the successful reinvention of three small […]

  • Throughout recent history, individuals and institutions have collected and presented objects that represent major current events. When faced with topics from the Civil Rights Movement, September 11th, Ferguson, and the Women’s March, it is important that items are collected to preserve these times for the future. As a field, especially now, how should our organizations […]

  • Fur and feathers in museum collections present a special set of circumstances. Besides the obvious taxidermy, natural history and ethnographic collections, many museums house fur and feathers in costume and textile collections. One major issue is care. Fur and feathers are very fragile and require extra care and handling. Fur prefers colder storage conditions than […]