Archive for the ‘Programming’ Category

  • Kansas City Award Winners

    February 6th, 2018

    This is the second post in a week-long series spotlighting Kansas City and Annual Meeting topics leading up to the announcement of the #AASLH18 speakers on Friday. Read Monday’s post, “Welcome to Speaker Week: Inspiration from Past Annual Meeting Speakers.” Kansas City is home to more than twenty museums and historic sites, covering everything from art to […]

  • 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 […]

  •   When World War II started, I lived in San Diego. And they were advertising for women to replace the men that, of course, had to go to war. And so it was a big challenge to us women, and we were excited to see if we could do the men’s work. Which we did—sometimes […]

  • When I heard the AASLH Annual Meeting was going to be in Austin, Texas in September, I knew I had to figure out a way to get there. I work at a small history museum, which is a wonderful place to be, but unfortunately, I did not have any money in the budget to spare […]

  • As we prepare for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, the Educators and Interpreters Affinity Group Committee is trying an experiment. We’re giving presenters who are chairing sessions with education and interpretation themes a chance to give readers a little more information about them – a teaser, if you will. We’ll share two to three sessions each week. We […]

  • As we prepare for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, the Educators and Interpreters Affinity Group Committee is trying an experiment. We’re giving presenters who are chairing sessions with education and interpretation themes a chance to give readers a little more information about them – a teaser, if you will. We’ll share two to three sessions each week. We […]

  • As we prepare for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, the Educators and Interpreters Affinity Group Committee is trying an experiment. We’re giving presenters who are chairing sessions with education and interpretation themes a chance to give readers a little more information about them – a teaser, if you will. We’ll share two to three sessions each week. We […]

  • And then they started booing. Not the entire audience, but enough people to let me know they were unhappy. But I should probably start from the beginning. Our team was setting up for a performance. There was a very low chance of “bagels,” but our county was in a severe thunderstorm watch (“bagels” = our […]

  • It’s easy to see museum civic involvement as a set of extremes: take a polarizing stand or appease all sides. Many museums are finding that taking big and bold steps is the right choice for them. But others avoid taking a stand on charged issues and even avoid acting as a neutral convener. Connecting the […]

  • Many museums and historic preservation groups have been unsure how to react to the growing popularity of commercial ghost tours over the past twenty years.  Some museums have tried to avoid any connection to what they perceive as inaccurate, theatrical, or just sensational uses of history. Others have embraced the idea and offer their own […]