Archive for the ‘Collections’ Category

  • 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 […]

  • Are you working on a project that might be eligible for support through a Common Heritage grant? NEH’s “Common Heritage” program supports community digitization and outreach events to increase public awareness and stewardship of heritage collections held by the public.  America’s cultural heritage is preserved not only in libraries, museums, archives, and other community organizations, […]

  • The AASLH Online Conference is a yearly component of our Annual Meeting where six of our most popular sessions are reworked for a virtual audience and broadcast from the conference to registered viewers across the nation. OLC sessions are exclusively available to registrants for six months after the conference and then become available for purchase […]

  • Exciting changes are happening at the nearly 1,000 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 […]

  • Throughout the course of my visits to museums, historic houses, and historic sites around New England, I found one specific object repeatedly piquing my curiosity more often than any other. Usually maligned and rarely celebrated, it seems that both history and fate have branded this object not only ubiquitous, but also useless and irrelevant; and […]

  • This month the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that it will award $18.6 million in grants for 199 humanities projects. “These new NEH-supported projects deepen our understanding and appreciation of the traditions, values, and historical figures who have shaped our country,” said NEH Senior Deputy Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “These projects help preserve and tell […]

  • This project is the recipient of a 2017 History in Progress Award. June 12, 2016 saw the massacre of forty-nine individuals at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, with fifty-eight others injured and hundreds more afflicted with mental trauma. On June 13, staff of the Orange County Regional History Center presented a plan to collect items […]

  • 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 […]

  • A fellow archivist disclosed that the most rational approach to archiving is to never treat it like a single-headed beast. You will never cut off the head in one swift motion, but you can take calculated jabs. Establishing an archive is overwhelming and in my two years with the Sazerac Company Archive (SCA), it has […]

  • Strawbery Banke Museum, located four hundred feet from the banks of the Piscataqua River in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a nine-acre living history museum that maintains thirty-seven historic houses, most on their original foundations.  One house, the Shapley Drisco House, was built in 1795 along what was a tidal inlet called Puddle Dock. The […]