Archive for the ‘Historic Houses’ Category

  • 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. Join us each month to read how StEPs is helping these organizations take a leap forward by improving policies and practices, opening lines of communication, […]

  • 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 […]

  • In honor of Dallas Heritage Village’s 50th anniversary, a new exhibit in their signature home, Millermore, shows visitors how historic house exhibits are created. My younger self was belly down on the antique rug, stretching to extend the vacuum hose under a bed and eradicate an extensive spider colony. Fifteen years ago my belly was […]

  • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan included in his fiscal year 2018 budget over $979,000 to support grant funding for historic preservation projects statewide. These funds, available to local governments and non-profit organizations, will assist in the identification and rehabilitation of historic landmarks and archaeological sites throughout Maryland. The Capital Historic Preservation Grant Program has not been […]

  • The week leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s national holiday brought good news for civil rights sites awarded major grant funding and higher levels of historic recognition.  It also brought joy to those who worked hard to establish the sites during a time when their future was uncertain. I documented some of those behind-the-scenes […]