Archive for the ‘Small Museums’ Category

  • We congratulate these members who earned StEPs certificates in April! The Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) 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 […]

  • Exciting changes are happening at the 800+ organizations taking part in the StEPs program (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations). Our “StEPs Spotlight” series highlights accomplishments by the participating organizations. Join us each month to read how StEPs is helping these organizations take a leap forward by improving policies and practices, opening lines of communication, […]

  • We congratulate these members who earned StEPs certificates in the last two months! We especially commend the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum for their completion of the StEPs program with Gold in all categories. The Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) is AASLH’s self-study standards program designed specifically for small to mid-sized history organizations, including […]

  • We all know most non-profits run on volunteers.  Working at a small historical society, this is especially true. When I first started my job in Spring of 2015, I was faced with a rather small volunteer force. I wasn’t sure how to go about initiating change and growing the volunteer base, so I made it […]

  • The American Alliance of Museums announced this week the accreditation of fifteen museums across the nation,  six being newly accredited and nine achieving re-accreditation. The list included five AASLH member institutions: Museum of Danish America (Elk Horn, IA) Members since 2000 Nichols House Museum (Boston, MA) Members since 2005 Old Salem Museums & Gardens (Winston-Salem, NC) […]

  • To my astonishment, Baby Boom: Motherhood and Museums has consistently been one of the most popular AASLH blog posts since it was published a year ago.  And, honestly, I have very mixed feelings about that news. On the one hand, my competitive side is thrilled.  And the writer in me is also pretty astonished that […]

  • When my predecessor said to me: “How about you take over running  the museum in 2 or 3 years?,” my very first thought was “Holy #%*&% I’m going to have to fundraise!” Throughout our entire transition process, fundraising was my biggest worry. How am I going to figure this out? How do I make sure […]

  • Exciting changes are happening at the 800+ organizations taking part in the StEPs program (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations). Our “StEPs Spotlight” series highlights accomplishments by the participating organizations.  Join us each month to read how StEPs is helping these organizations take a leap forward by improving policies and practices, opening lines of […]

  • This article was orginally published in the Autumn 2016 issue of History News, the official magazine of AASLH. If you would like to get the magazine delivered quarterly, become a member of AASLH. Members can read the 12 most recent issues of History News on our Members Only page and see older issues on JSTOR.  What happens when you add “Existing […]

  • It was my first interview. I had eagerly prepared, going over all the projects I had produced from internships. I had a Cultural Landscape Report, an interpretive plan, and how I had discovered that two bodies were mistakenly identified in government records. When the interview began, I was asked: “Do you have experience with heavy […]