The following list includes webinars and online courses discussing a variety of topics that could benefit our partners! Get an Overview of the Freedom's Frontier Professional Development Scholarship Program. When you find a webinar or online course you would like to take, you may apply for funding with our Professional Development Scholarship Application. Know of any opportunities that are not listed but should be? Let us know! Contact Education & Interpretation Manager Elizabeth Hobson.



March


Webinar 
History Crash Course: The American Experience in World War I 
American Association for State and Local History
March 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm (eastern)
This lecture webinar will offer a brief overview of current scholarship on the American experience in World War I, the key challenges facing smaller historical organizations seeking to mount exhibits on the war, some strategies for placing objects in their proper historical context, and ways to underscore the relevance of WWI for American society today.

April

Online Course
Caring for Museum Collections
American Association for State and Local History 

April 3, 2017-May 31, 2017
This eight week course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management. 

Webinar
Developing a Successful Volunteer Recruitment Program

American Association for State and Local History 
April 4,  3-4:15 p.m. (Time Zone not published) 

We know having volunteers in the wings who can give eight hours a day is no longer the case. Recruitment is a process that enables the selection of the right people for the right task. Recruitment is understanding the environment where people want to volunteer and the time they have to give. Learn more about recruitment and gain practical tools for running a successful volunteer recruitment program. 

 

Webinar
Steps to Environmental Sustainability 
American Association for State and Local History
April 5, 3- 4:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Environmental sustainability doesn’t trump preservation work – yet. It does provide important pathways for strengthening your institution and improving community relevance. This webinar explores how it’s possible to align organizational mission and environmental goals for the benefit of your site.



Online Course
Project Management for History Professionals
American Association for State and Local History

April 10 - May 5, 2017
Project Management for History Professionals online course provides valuable instruction in planning, managing and successfully completing projects of all types. In this course, you will learn how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history context. 


 Webinar
ARE YOU READY FOR VOLUNTEERS?
American Association for State and Local History

April 11, 2017, 3 p.m. (eastern)

Many volunteer programs have existed with little or no formal processes and assessments in place. Often, there is no paid staff member who manages the volunteer program. The result is that the programs are often not well run, translating into high volunteer turnover, anemic buy-in from the organization’s management and staff, and ultimately, low program success. This webinar will address how to plan for a volunteer program at your history organization or how to improve the program that you currently have.

Webinar
Training Volunteers

American Association for State and Local History

April 26, 2017, 3 p.m. (eastern)
How can we train our volunteers for projects that will help them make a difference in our organizations? And how do we make it fun and empowering while avoiding conflicts? Learn about training tips and tactics that can stimulate the long-term sustainability of a volunteer program. This session will be presented by staff from two Field Services offices and will be jam-packed with ideas for how to train volunteers and make their service a rewarding experience.

MAY 2017
New Member Orientation



Webinar 
American Association for State and Local History
May 9, 2017,  3 p.m. (eastern)

Are you a new member of AASLH? Interested in AASLH membership? Eager to make the most of your important role in this community? Join AASLH staff for an interactive orientation on the services, programs, events, resources, and networking opportunities available to AASLH members.
As your home for history, we want to ensure you are getting the most value possible from your membership. This webinar will help you become more connected with the AASLH community and find out how we can support your practice of history. There will be plenty of time for any questions about AASLH or our services.
This webinar is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required. A recording of the webinar, slides, and notes will be sent to all registrants after the event. This webinar is offered monthly, so you can also join a future webinar if you want to learn more.


Online Course
Developing Exhibitions 
American Association for State and Local History
May 15-July 7, 2017
This class is about how to put together an exhibition, from deciding what it will be about and why, to gathering, creating and arranging all the elements for visitors.  You’ll learn a lot from your classmates – from their own experiences and from the resources that they share with all of us.  And you’ll learn the best way: by doing – you will develop an actual exhibit over the course of the class.

Webinar
Creating 21st Century Digital Collections
American Association for State and Local History
May 16, 2017, 3-4:15 p.m. (eastern)
Join Kristen Gwinn-Becker, as she discusses strategizing, creating or updating, engaging, and sustaining modern digital collections. She will walk through the six areas outlined below, showing examples for each section. Participants may send an email in advance that contains a link to their digital collections and the top three questions they would like answered about their current situation or a future initiative. Kristen will work with examples from participants as well as draw on real (digital) world examples of digital initiatives from her international technology company HistoryIT. The different challenges these institutions faced and the innovative solutions that were employed to maximize user impact and sustainability will be shared with attendees. This webinar will focus on what users of digital collections demand now, and on sustainable best practices for converting or creating online platforms that not only grow with their users’ interests and expectations but also bring out the hidden stories each collection holds. 


Online Course
Basics of Archives
American Association for State and Local History

May 22-June 23, 2017
15-20 hours to be completed anytime during the above dates
The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices.

The course consists of five lessons: Archives and Archivists, Acquiring Your Collections, Housing Your Collections, Access and Outreach

The course is web-based and takes 15-20 hours to complete. There are no required times to be online. You may finish the course anytime during the four-week course period.
Who Should Take This Course:This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with archival materials.

Webinar
Planning for Marketing at Museums & Historic Sites
American Association for State and Local History
May 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm (eastern)
Marketing is crucial for small museums and historic sites, but where do you begin? In this webinar, AASLH’s Hannah Hethmon will teach you, step by step, how to create a marketing plan tailored to your organization’s unique needs. A good marketing plan can help you more effectively allocated time and money, get approval for a marketing budget, keep you focused on high-priority goals, and ensure that your marketing objectives and methods are supporting your institutional mission.
Working through a series of prompts and questions, you will get a chance to see other organizations’ answers and get real-time pointers. At the end of the webinar, you will have the outline and notes you need to write your own marketing plan.


JUNE 2017


Online Course
Museum Education and Outreach
American Association for State and Local History

June 5-July 31

At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are educational organizations. This course is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums.

At the end of this course you will be able to:
describe the characteristics and learning needs of various museum audiences summarize what we know about learning in museums assess the strengths and weaknesses of interpretive techniques and program approaches utilize a system for planning, operating, and evaluating museum educational programs access resources to assist you in future development of effective learning experiences



Webinar 
Facebook for Museums & Historic Sites
American Association for State and Local History
June 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm (eastern)

Facebook is used by over 100 million adult Americans every day and is the most popular social networking site in the US and the world. It’s important that museums and historic sites know how to effectively use this platform to increase awareness of their institution, further their mission, engage their audience online, and inspire new and existing audiences to visit. Join AASLH’s Hannah Hethmon for an in-depth look at Facebook for museums and historic sites. Topics covered will include: 

-Growing your Facebook audience
-Best practices for posting
-Crafting engaging, mission-focused posts
-Using Facebook Live, Events, Live, and other free features
-Paid advertising and sponsored content on Facebook
-Real examples of museums and historic sites that are using Facebook well

JULY 2017


Webinar 
Twitter for Museums & Historic Sites
American Association for State and Local History
July 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm (eastern)
Today, Twitter is often the first place news breaks, the best way for strangers all over the world to discuss a similar interest, a direct connection to celebrities and politicians, and many more applications. How does your organization fit into the pictures? When used effectively, museums and historic sites can use Twitter to increase awareness of their institution, further their mission, engage their audience online, and inspire new and existing audiences to visit.

Ready to get started or improve your existing account? Join AASLH’s Hannah Hethmon for an in-depth lesson on Twitter for museums and historic sites. Topics covered will include:
-Creating an appealing Twitter profile for your organization
-Growing your Twitter audience
-Best practices for posting and ideas for finding your organization’s Twitter voice
-Storytelling on Twitter
-Utilizing hashtags and participating in planned and impromptu hashtag conversations
-Real examples of museums and historic sites that are using Twitter well


Webinar 
Instagram for Museums and Historic Sites
American Association for State and Local History
July 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm (eastern) 

 Instagram is a growing image-sharing platform where younger audiences (and older ones too) share everything from casual snapshots to professional photography and art. Increasingly, Instagram connects artists, photographers, and influences around shared locations, interests, and hobbies. Museums and historic sites are well-positioned to use Instagram to increase awareness of their institution, further their mission, engage their audience online, and inspire new and existing audiences to visit. In this webinar, AASLH’s Hannah Hethmon will give an in-depth lesson on Instagramming for your institution. Topics covered will include: 

-Creating an appealing Instagram profile for your institution
-Growing your Instagram audience
-Best practices for posting and tips on what to post
-Communicating with images
-How to connect with influential Instagrammers and host Instameets
-Real examples of museums and historic sites that are using Twitter well





 

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