Archive for the ‘Historic Houses’ Category

  • At Indiana Landmarks’ 1865 Morris-Butler House in Indianapolis, Indiana, we’ve had our share of animal sightings inside the house over the years. Every year when the weather cools, there’s always at least one small critter who finds their way inside and expires. We’ll come into work one fine fall day to discover (as we call it) the “stench […]

  • 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 […]

  • Demolition of historic buildings and the construction of new, sleek, modern ones is a trend in neighborhoods across the United States. None is so familiar with this as Ballard, a Seattle neighborhood just northwest of downtown. Ballard, once a Scandinavian fishing town and a blue-collar community, was annexed to Seattle in 1907 and is now […]

  • Exciting changes are happening at the 800+ organizations taking part in the StEPs program (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations). Our “StEPs Spotlight” series highlights accomplishments by the 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 […]

  • The Welk Homestead State Historic Site, a farm located near Strasburg in south central North Dakota, features a historic house, built in 1899 of sun-dried mud brick known locally as batsa. This is not a house of the wealthy, with beautiful decorative arts, but rather the comfortably and simply furnished house of an immigrant family— […]

  • Last Fall, the Delaware County Historical Society approached Ball State University for help in reimagining their organization. The students who participated in this collaboration researched how Indiana historical societies have faced sustainability issues and wrote a recommendation report to the DCHS based on those findings. The Delaware County Historical Society in Muncie, Indiana faced an […]

  • The American Alliance of Museums announced this week the accreditation of fifteen museums across the nation,  six being newly accredited and nine achieving re-accreditation. The list included five AASLH member institutions: Museum of Danish America (Elk Horn, IA) Members since 2000 Nichols House Museum (Boston, MA) Members since 2005 Old Salem Museums & Gardens (Winston-Salem, NC) […]

  • In our travels to promote our first book, Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites, and lead workshops on the subject, we’ve received a lot of inquiries as to how to talk with young visitors and school groups about slavery. Hearing these requests for help prompted us to launch our next research project/book, Interpreting Slavery […]

  • A plantation site featuring original slave quarters debuts a new interpretation to connect 1850 to the present day community. Historic Stagville was once part of a plantation complex that held over 900 enslaved people, the largest enslaved population in North Carolina. Today, the focal point of the site is four original two-story slave dwellings. Constructed […]

  • Every year, AASLH receives over 100 nominations for our Leadership in History Awards, which recognize organizations doing “Good History.” Our Awards committee spends a week poring over the details of these program and exhibits, reading about what made them stand out. At the end, we have a list of exceptional projects and a lot of important takeaways […]