Archive for the ‘Small Museums’ Category

  • Small Museums Scholarships 2018 AASLH Annual Meeting and Online Conference Kansas City, MO – September 26-29 DEADLINE: June 8 The American Association for State and Local History will hold its Annual Meeting and Online Conference in Kansas City, MO from September 26-29, 2018. This year’s theme is Truth or Consequences. Museums and history sites have been ranked among […]

  • Exciting changes are happening at the nearly 1,000 organizations taking part in the StEPs program (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations). Our “StEPs Spotlight” blog series highlights accomplishments by participating organizations. Below is another example of how StEPs is helping organizations take a leap forward by improving policies and practices, opening lines of communication, and […]

  • 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 […]

  • We congratulate these members who earned StEPs certificates in the last month! The Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations is AASLH’s self-study standards program designed specifically for small to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, organizations enrolled in StEPs assess their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against […]

  • This project is the recipient of a 2017 History in Progress Award. In 1969, after the loss of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the subsequent 1968 riot in Louisville, two college students started a community basketball tournament in Louisville’s Algonquin Park. It blossomed almost instantly, and by the end of that summer, thousands of people […]

  • Exciting changes are happening at the nearly 1,000 organizations taking part in the StEPs program (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations). Our “StEPs Spotlight” blog series highlights accomplishments by participating organizations. Below is another example of how StEPs is helping organizations take a leap forward by improving policies and practices, opening lines of communication, and […]

  • 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 […]

  • Exciting changes are happening at the 980 organizations taking part in the StEPs program (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations). Our “StEPs Spotlight” blog series highlights accomplishments by participating organizations. Below is another example of how StEPs is helping organizations take a leap forward by improving policies and practices, opening lines of communication, and setting […]

  • 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 […]

  • In September, thanks to the Small Museums Scholarship, I was able to attend my first AASLH Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Like so many others at AASLH, I was coming from a very small institution, the Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library, with a staff of just three. SBMAL is an archive with a unique collection that […]