Archive for the ‘Leadership’ 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 […]

  • This is the first post in a week-long series spotlighting Kansas City and Annual Meeting topics leading up to the announcement of the #AASLH18 speakers on Friday.  AASLH Annual Meeting speakers come from all kinds of places. Some are from the history or museum worlds, others work in the nonprofit or philanthropic sectors, and still […]

  • This review originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of History News. A Practical Guide to Museum Ethics By Sally Yerkovich (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) At first glance, A Practical Guide to Museum Ethics may seem like a book that would sit on your shelf to be consulted only occasionally. However, it is […]

  • This review originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of History News. The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America’s Communities By Stephanie Meeks with Kevin C. Murphy (Washington D.C.: Island Press, 2016) The Past and Future City is a manifesto about the power of historic preservation to create positive change in […]

  • History Relevance in Canada

    January 24th, 2018

    Tim Grove is Chief of Museum Learning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, a founding member of the History Relevance initiative, and Chair of the Program Committee for AASLH’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Kansas City, “Truth or Consequences.” This post also appears on the National Council on Public History’s History@Work blog. Recently I […]

  • A policy a day keeps the chaos away. Does your organization have policies and procedures in place to deal with the stickier aspects of running a history institution, and the risks you might not see coming? It may be painful to imagine a day when you would ever need to deaccession from your collection to […]

  • Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the American Historical Association’s annual meeting as thousands of historians braved the bitterly cold temperatures and biting winds to convene in Washington, D.C. This year, the meeting helped me step back and think broadly about the wide variety of ways people can “do” history and the opportunities […]

  • Members of the AASLH Council, AASLH President John Dichtl, and External Relations Coordinator John Marks invite you to join them at 2018 Museums Advocacy Day, February 26-27, in Washington, D.C. Joining 300 other advocates in Washington is a powerful way to support history organizations and their visitors and to press the issues impacting museums. Last […]

  • It’s called StEPs (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations) and it is AASLH’s entry level assessment program for small- to mid-sized history organizations. Introduced to the field in late 2009 after an IMLS grant funded its development, there are now almost 1,000  organizations across the country using StEPs as a structure for identifying needed […]