Archive for the ‘Education and Interpretation’ Category

  • The week after Christmas, I saw The Greatest Showman which is a highly imaginative musical movie about P.T. Barnum, played by the always charming Hugh Jackman. The music is fun and the visuals are often stunning. Jackman and Zac Efron are great song and dance men that helped sell the infectious charm of the movie. […]

  • The Museum Education Roundtable (MER) is seeking nominations of qualified, committed and diverse professionals for election to the MER Board of Directors! About the Museum Education Roundtable (MER) The mission of the Museum Education Roundtable is to inspire innovative thinking for the field through engagement with scholarly and practice-based content explored in the Journal of […]

  • Kansas City Award Winners

    February 6th, 2018

    This is the second post in a week-long series spotlighting Kansas City and Annual Meeting topics leading up to the announcement of the #AASLH18 speakers on Friday. Read Monday’s post, “Welcome to Speaker Week: Inspiration from Past Annual Meeting Speakers.” Kansas City is home to more than twenty museums and historic sites, covering everything from art to […]

  • I have a very long commute to the AASLH office each morning and home each afternoon. This provides ample time for me to listen to podcasts, audiobooks, the news, and bad ’80s songs and show tunes. There are three podcasts, however, that really captured my attention over the last few months that I think fellow […]

  • This project is the recipient of a 2017 History in Progress Award. In 1969, after the loss of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the subsequent 1968 riot in Louisville, two college students started a community basketball tournament in Louisville’s Algonquin Park. It blossomed almost instantly, and by the end of that summer, thousands of people […]

  • If you work at a small museum, you know that many organizations rely heavily on volunteers. These gracious people may help install exhibits or come in early for programs to set up chairs. Whatever they do for the organization, we all know that we are lucky to have their help! But one group has stood […]

  • Interest in and support for labor unions is on the rise in the United States, especially among millennials. Younger Americans tend to view unions as one of the few organizations to offer stability, solidarity, and a voice for workers in an increasingly precarious economic environment. At the same time that support for labor is growing, the very survival […]

  • Meandering. Wandering aimlessly. Lost. Confused. Does this describe your worst road trip? Maybe it describes the conversations between the public and your front-line interpreters? As an undergrad, my freshman English professor told a classmate that reading his paper “was like trying to follow a drunk down the road… it could not be done.” The comment […]

  • A few months ago, we invited local institutions in AASLH’s network to contribute content to the US National Archives’ centennial project, Remembering WWI. Through participation in this national effort, museums, archives, libraries, historical organizations, and others can help contextualize the experience of World War I at the local level, and help grow our national collection […]

  •   When World War II started, I lived in San Diego. And they were advertising for women to replace the men that, of course, had to go to war. And so it was a big challenge to us women, and we were excited to see if we could do the men’s work. Which we did—sometimes […]