Archive for the ‘Musings & Trends’ Category

  • As history professionals, getting publicity for our sites and programs is a constant challenge. Social media offers the potential to reach new audiences by leveraging our current network of supporters. But how else might we expand our outreach efforts? While mobile devices suffer from a number of limitations, these little machines offer some incredible possibilities, […]

  • 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. […]

  • Back in 2016, AASLH was searching for new office space. Our rented office on Church Street where we had been for decades was no longer the best fit for our needs, and as a nondescript and fairly modern office building, it wasn’t helping us live our mission of supporting historic places. Enter St. Bernard Convent […]

  • 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 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 […]

  • It all started with a tweet posted by a devoted fan back on November 9, 2017. Inspired by a line in a song from Taylor Swift’s new album, the fan rhetorically challenged social media users to “Name a b*tch badder than Taylor Swift.” What happened next was a virtual crash course in women’s history, with […]

  • As we are nearing the end of 2017, members of the AASLH staff thought we would share some of the books that inspired us this year. We chose titles that would be of particular interest to those who work or volunteer in history organizations. (Note: They were not necessarily published in 2017, we just read […]

  • This blog was originally published by the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University on October 25, 2017. How far removed from the past do we as historians have to be in order to consider a topic viable as history? I ask mostly in terms of the recent past. While some of my […]

  • Libraries, museums, and other academically oriented non-profits often collaborate with each other on research efforts. Recently, they are reaching out the public for help as well using the model of citizen science projects. This is the third post in our series on citizen-history projects. Over a few blog posts, we’re highlighting some of the most interesting […]

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