Archive for the ‘Field Services Alliance’ Category

  • The John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord, Ohio has on exhibit one of John Glenn’s Marine Corps uniforms.  Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth (1962) and a U.S senator from Ohio (1974-1999), was a Marine from 1943 until he retired from the Corps in 1965 and is a combat veteran of […]

  • This post was originally published on Backstage Pass to North Dakota History and is reposted here with the author’s permission. I am often called upon with strange and unusual questions. How do I make a mannequin look less scary? What is the white powder covering the taxidermied elk? How do I get a raccoon out from […]

  • The Field Services Alliance (FSA) is made up of an eclectic group of professionals with wide-ranging backgrounds from all over the country who provide services (training, guidance, funding, and/or other assistance) to historical societies and museums in their states or regions. The AASLH Annual Meeting is an opportunity for us to catch up, share what […]

  • Does fundraising leave you at a loss? Have you read fundraising guides and wondered how to translate them into something usable for your small organization? Are you looking for information you can actually use, not theories that aren’t practical for your situation? You’re not alone. In field services, we hear these concerns from organization leaders […]

  • Before there was an American Association for State and Local History, many historians – trained and avocational–put a lot of thought into how to get the best product. One example of such thought is from Henry Bourne, “The Work of American Historical Societies,” published in The Iowa Journal of History and Politics (April 1905).[1] His […]

  •   I recently asked a few people what they thought the phrase “field services” meant. Those who knew that I work in a Local History Services office immediately associated it with my department. For those who didn’t, it was apparent that the term can be a little ambiguous. I heard answers like “services out in […]

  • When I first came to the Doak House Museum in Greeneville, Tennessee, one of my first tasks was to learn the tour script. The couple who built the home in 1830 were strict Calvinist Presbyterians – Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak and his wife Sarah McEwen Doak. The tour script covered Rev. Doak’s education, teaching career, ministry, the […]

  • Ask FSA: What is Outreach?

    July 29th, 2015

    History organizations often wonder about what effective outreach is. The business literature is full of a dizzying number of examples. To simplify I often suggest that there are four types of outreach people often describe to me: (1) simple customer service, (2) product and service placement into another’s facility, (3) relationship building, and (4) capacity […]

  • Statement from the American Association for State and Local History Nashville, TN—Recent events, from Ferguson to Cleveland and New York, have created a momentum of civic debate that has gained international attention.  Movements toward greater cultural understanding and broadening avenues of communication need to be supported by our country’s cultural and educational institutions. As integral members […]

  • Successful museums and sites clearly understand what their visitors want and need for a high quality experience. They also know success requires collecting real data from real visitors. Assumptions made by staff are only that: assumptions. Here’s why you should use Visitors Count! in 2015 to help you conduct a visitor survey: You receive Key Drivers that […]