Archive for the ‘Programming’ Category

  • 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 […]

  • Every year, AASLH receives around 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 for […]

  • On August 29, 1914, just months after the outbreak of what would come to be known as “The Great War,” a memorial group in Adelaide, Australia planted an English Oak in the city’s Creswell Gardens. This was the first “memorial tree” dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives serving in World War I. In […]

  • The idea for Real World History came to me on a bus, and like so many good ideas, I borrowed it from someone else. Retired northern Virginia history teacher Jim Percoco, wrote a wonderful book called A Passion for the Past, which I started reading on the bus ride home from a summer teacher workshop. Page 11 set […]

  • Six sessions recorded as part of our Online Conference for the 2016 AASLH/MMA Annual Meeting in Detroit are now available for purchase ($15 AASLH Members/ $30 Nonmembers). Visit our Online Store to find these and other recorded webinars. Small Museums, Big Impact! Change Agents Being small doesn’t mean thinking small. Examine the successful reinvention of three small […]

  • “What did the women do?” This question from our Executive Director was the beginning of our organization’s journey into Museum Theatre, and into a whole new way of approaching the subject of History altogether. I count myself as extremely lucky to be able to work in a job that allows me to put my love […]

  • 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 […]