Archive for the ‘Small Museums’ Category

  • At Indiana Landmarks’ 1865 Morris-Butler House in Indianapolis, Indiana, we’ve had our share of animal sightings inside the house over the years. Every year when the weather cools, there’s always at least one small critter who finds their way inside and expires. We’ll come into work one fine fall day to discover (as we call it) the “stench […]

  • Exciting changes are happening at the 900 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 […]

  • Now in their eleventh year, the Small Museums Affinity Group’s annual scholarships help colleagues from small museums across the country join us at our Annual Meeting for four days of educational sessions, hands-on workshops, and networking. Funded through generous donations from AASLH members, this scholarship provides a great opportunity for members from small institutions  to […]

  • 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 […]

  • Demolition of historic buildings and the construction of new, sleek, modern ones is a trend in neighborhoods across the United States. None is so familiar with this as Ballard, a Seattle neighborhood just northwest of downtown. Ballard, once a Scandinavian fishing town and a blue-collar community, was annexed to Seattle in 1907 and is now […]

  • 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 […]

  • Although there has been an increase in the size and scope of academic museums, many teaching collections are not displayed to the general public. Museums have an opportunity to grow academic-public engagement in their communities by partnering with colleges and universities. At the Greeley History Museum, we recently embraced these types of beneficial partnerships by […]

  • 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. 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 […]

  • 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 […]