AUGUST 2017



Webinar
Energizers, Icebreakers, & Wrap Ups
National Association for Interpretation

August 15 @ 1p Eastern 
This hands-on session will teach new activities to kick off your program, camp or special event. Ice breaker and energizers have mainly been used during down times but they don’t have to be. Come experience basic, inexpensive activities designed to encourage a participant’s creative thinking. Casey Marshall is a Program Facilitator at the Arkansas Four-H Center. Casey teaches Team Building, Leadership Skills, leads programs through 4-H Day Camp and Overnight Camps, as well as curriculum based science classes and outdoor skills. Casey is a regular attendant at Region VI interpretive workshops where he has presented twice. 


Webinar 
Are Your By-Laws Current 
Public Lands Alliance
August 17 @ 2-3p eastern 
By-laws create, organize and set the general guidelines by which organizations operate. But if they’ve gotten stale, or if you’re still operating from a set of by-laws that are years old, it’s time to update them. Join us for this webinar and discussion to hear the do’s and don’ts, the whats and whens of updating your organization's by-laws.
Presenter: Jerryne Cole, Board Director, Public Lands Alliance

Jerryne has 20+ years of experience of volunteer service with nonprofit boards. She has served as Governance and board chairs of the Alaska Geographic and the Public Lands Alliance, she established a nonprofit public lands educational institute in Alaska and she serves on the National Parks Conservation Association's national council. Her career was spent as an co-owner/operator of an active learning vacation center in Denali National Park, and she holds a B.S. from the University of Washington.

Pre-Registration is Required.

 

 

Webinar
Historic House Call: Developing Discussion Based Interpretation
American Association for State and Local History 
A
ugust 23 @ 3pm eastern 

Conversation. Chat. Dialogue. Discussion. These are words that visitors may not often associate with the guided tour. However, historic house museums have the unique opportunity to invite visitors in, offer them a place to sit, and give them a voice. This webinar illustrates how conversation promotes individual and group learning and helps to build connections to historic sites. It will provide strategies for encouraging conversation and discussion on tours, including asking the right questions, listening, and breaking down barriers to comfort and connection. Attendees will also receive resources and training materials for interpreters.

Webinar 
Excellence and Equity at 25: Then, Now, Next
American Alliance of Museums 

August 24 @ 2-3pm eastern 
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Excellence and Equity: Education and the Public Dimension of Museums. This 1992 AAM report was the result of nearly three years of work by the AAM Task Force on Museum Education, a group made up of colleagues from across the field brought together to identify critical issues in museum education. Join museum thought leaders for a lively online conversation, as we recognize the silver anniversary of Excellence and Equity, and share reflections on the “then, now, and next” of this foundational report—especially timely as diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) are central to current discourse across the field. Attendees are encouraged to (re)read Excellence and Equity, and the related article in the July/August issue of Museum magazine, and prior to participating in the program, both available online in Alliance Labs. 


SEPTEMBER 2017


Webinar 
MAP and CAP Assessment Programs for Small and Mid-Sized Museums 
American Alliance of Museums 
Septemeber 21 @ 2-3:30pm eastern 

Are you looking to improve your museum’s collections care, organizational management, or community engagement, but don’t know where to begin? Do you have a long list of things you’d like to accomplish, but struggle with limited staff and resources? Assessment programs like MAP (Museum Assessment Program) and CAP (Collections Assessment for Preservation) can help by providing a road map to help you distinguish your critical needs from less important tasks.

This webinar will introduce participants to the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) administered by the American Alliance of Museums and the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation. Benefits, similarities, and differences between the two programs will be explored to help you understand whether one (or both) might benefit your institution.



Webinar 
Interpreting Agriculture at Museums and Historic Sites 
American Association for State and Local History

September 26 @ 3pm eastern

Interpreting Agriculture at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) encourages us to put an “H” (the humanities, not just history) into a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subject – a STEATH approach. During this webinar, Dr. Reid will summarize main points from Interpreting Agriculture, including an overview of different disciplinary methodology useful to interpreting agriculture (sciences, social sciences, and humanities), and then case studies of interpreting agricultural machinery using a social history and humanist approach. Reid will summarize a critical thinking approach that uses visual evidence (prescriptive literature and photographic evidence) to document agricultural tools and equipment). The session will continue with a conversation among participants about how they will document agriculture in their location (be if farms in the countryside or the city, or agricultural business that served farm families historically and today). The session will conclude with a discussion about what else museums and historic site staff need to interpret agriculture most effectively, and will end with a question and answer session.



OCTOBER 2017

Webinar 
Getting Started on Photographic Documentation of Collections
American Alliance of Museums 

October 4 @ 2- 3:30pm eastern 
Photographic documentation is an essential aspect of collections management, helping mitigate risk by reducing the need for object handling, and providing opportunities to increase the accessibility of your collection. To get the most out of your photography projects you need to be sure you can take full advantage of your available resources. Lights and cameras are basic starting points, but there are many other aspects to consider. This webinar will cover different methods behind photographic documentation, and provide tips for implementing them–whether you are photographing an object for cataloging or condition reports, or looking for ways to digitize your collection.

Webinar 
New Member Orientation 
American Association for State and Local History
October 10 @ 3pm 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.

 

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

October 16 - November 10
Do you often juggle several projects, trying to keep each one focused and on track? Project management provides valuable training that will help you organize, manage, and successfully complete projects. This online course shows you how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history context.

Webinar 
Best Practices fro Developing History Internships 
American Association for State and Local History
October 24 @ 3pm eastern 
Creating an internship program at your historic site can not only benefit your organization, but should also benefit your interns and lets you help develop the next generation of history professionals. This webinar will give you tips and strategies for creating an internship program that both you and your interns will get something out of. We’ll cover the ethics of internships, best practices for managing interns, and a look at some common challenges and possible solutions. You’ll leave with ideas you can use at every organization, no matter its size.

Webinar 
Bringing the Past to the Present: Contemporary Issues at Historic Sites and Museums 
American Association for State and Local History
October 25 @ 3pm eastern 
Are you interested in connecting your site’s history with a current issue? Or wondering how you can use your site to spark dialogue and encourage visitors to take action? Or to navigate sensitive conversations with co-workers and visitors who might be resistant to discussing contemporary topics? This interactive webinar will explore how historic sites and museums can bring contemporary issues to light at their sites. Using Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site as a case study, speakers Lauren Zalut and Annie Anderson will discuss their work linking the past and the present through the stories of incarceration. The presenters will discuss their site’s progression from solely interpreting the past to interpreting both historic and current events. They will also provide participants with a toolkit of actionable steps and resources that can be scaled up or down, depending on the size of each participant’s site.

NOVEMBER 2017


Webinar 
Active Collections: How to Create a Leaner Collection for Greater Impact 
American Association for State and Local History
November 7 @ 3pm eastern 
Looking to explore options of what it means to steward leaner, more sustainable collections with greater impact? Join Elee Wood, Rainey Tisdale, and Trevor Jones for a lively interactive discussion of ideas and action items on innovative and possibly unconventional ideas for collections stewardship and management. Topics will include new approaches to collections development, cataloging, policy, deaccessioning. Participants will gain practical strategies and tools to shape your collection for greater impact.
 

Webinar 
New Member Orientation 
American Association for State and Local History
N
ovember 8 @ 3pm 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.

Webinar 
Interpreting Difficult History: Histories of Slavery, Violence and Oppression 
American Association for State and Local History

November 10 @ 3pm eastern 
How do history workers engage audiences in learning about difficult histories? These are the tough stories. These are the recollections from history that can be upsetting, uncomfortable and at times even shocking to learn. This session will involve participants in learning about how to develop and deliver interpretations of difficult histories with strategies that are sensitive and offer ethical representations of historical Others. Historical representations of difficult histories can go beyond informing audiences by encouraging audience members to empathize deeply with the historical suffering of Others and to be encouraged to make meaningful connections to those who suffered and how their suffering is meaningful to society today.

Join Julie Rose as she leads a discussion based on participants’ front line experiences working with visitors and fellow history workers in working through difficult histories. We will talk about how the narratives we use to interpret slavery, war, and mass violence can be met with resistances, challenges and expressions of disbelief from our audiences. We will briefly discuss why difficult histories matter and why they feel upsetting and uncomfortable. We will discuss sensitive methods to encourage resistant learners to reconsider the tough stories that are not only important histories to recall but can be used to motivate feelings of historical empathy as part of social justice education.

Webinar 
Policies and Procedures of Deaccessioning
American Association for State and Local History
November 14 @ 3pm eastern 
This webinar will examine the necessary components of an effective deaccessioning policy, including options for removal, ethical considerations, broad-level legal concerns (not from a legal professional!), and general best practices. Options for dealing with items such as found-in-collections and abandoned property will also be addressed.

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

November 15- December 15

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.

Webinar 
New Member Orientation
American Association for State and Local History

December 6 @ 3pm 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.

Webinar 
Digital Humanities for State and Local History 
American Association for State and Local History
December 7 @ 3pm 

This webinar is designed to introduce digital technologies, approaches, and platforms to those interested in developing digital state and local history in low and no-cost environments. We will define the field, explore a subset of projects that can serve as a model for one’s own, and discuss common issues beginners face in becoming fluent in digital humanities. Digital archiving, storytelling, visualization, and data analysis will all be discussed through explorations of OpenRefine, Scalar, Tableau, Carto, Murkutu, and other tools. In addition reading lists, hyperlinks, and resources will be shared following the Q&A.

 

Webinar 
Caring for Paper Collections 
American Association for State and Local History

December 12 @ 3pm eastern 

This webinar will give an introduction to best practices in caring for any paper-based collection. Topics covered will include: handling guidelines, assessing storage materials and special needs items, prioritizing for treatment, and understanding preservation and conservation terminology. This program is appropriate for those looking to develop new skills, as well as for individuals wanting to increase their knowledge about best practices in the care of paper-based collections.



 

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