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American Association for State and Local History: your home for history since 1940. www.AASLH.org Sessions and podcasts from past annual meetings, covering the most important issues facing public historians, museums, and historic sites.
 
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Collaboration is key, but not always easy. How can large urban museums and small local presenters work together to grow collaborative networks that transcend differences of scale, budget, and territory to broaden opportunities for regional audiences? Learn strategies to overcome roadblocks and capitalize on new opportunities to build effective part…
 
Every institution, especially smaller ones, faces barriers to collections care and collections management. Lack of funding, small staffs, and institutional buy-in contribute to these problems. With the help of attendees, participants will identify common barriers to improving collections care and management and offer help to overcome these barriers…
 
Join museum practitioners, preservationists, scholars, and a conceptual artist for a conversation about rapid response versus strategic collecting from multiple closed public schools across different cities. Gain unique insight around swift preservation methods, memory, and developing creative models to advance narratives around preserving and inte…
 
When house museums want to leap forward, wishful thinking isn’t enough. They need sufficient capacity and support to achieve their vision. We’ll explore three different but common approaches—the governing board, volunteers, and a major fundraising campaign—with an experienced director, mid-level program manager, and a national non-profit consultant…
 
History museums in the U.S. and beyond still interpret predominantly white histories. This session presents museums in United States, Canada, and Brazil working from an Afrocentric lens, and the many challenges faced, from denialism to political pressure, barriers to community engagement to lack of funding. Could an Afrocentric museum resistance mo…
 
How can using Smithsonian resources bolster community engagement? The panel will discuss how hosting a Museum on Main Street exhibition spurred youth and community engagement with local history through digital storytelling. This experience bridged age gaps and led to surprising outcomes by presenting history in a more relevant way.Chair: Selwyn Ram…
 
How do we make anniversaries matter? How do they serve as opportunities for new growth rather than roadblocks? This session will draw on neuroscience, community health data, psychology, and public history to offer new frameworks for approach.Chair: Braden Paynter, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Washington, DC; Rainey Tisdale, Indep…
 
For a generation, military history has supposedly been on the decline in academic circles, but military museums are still very popular. Explore what three institutions are doing to make military history relevant to modern audiences. Sponsored by the AASLH Military History Affinity Community.Chair: Marc Blackburn, Mount Rainier National Park, Eatonv…
 
Does a waning of the Colonial Revival explain the widening disconnect between museum objects and contemporary values? This session explores ways we have traditionally valued objects for the privileged stories they tell and how we can mobilize those same objects to convey a complete, inclusive past.Chair: Laura C. Keim, Senton Museum, Philadelphia, …
 
Historians disclose uncomfortable truths. We walk genealogists through shame as we divulge “family secrets.” Sometimes we refute the stories people tell about themselves, or the accounts that historic sites share with the world. This panel will explore the awkward, messy, and occasionally revelatory task of sharing upsetting and silenced narratives…
 
How do we design programs for audiences that are new to us? The Historical Society of Pennsylvania partnered with Taller Puertorriqueño to create a model that required letting go of institutional authority. Hear about the successes and challenges from those with worked to diversify HSP’s (and Taller’s) audiences.Chair: Seth Bruggeman, Temple Univer…
 
Many non-profit historical museums own and interpret corporate history collections. This session will compare interpretations of industrial artifacts in corporate and non-profit places and present successes and challenges in interpreting corporate history at the Senator John Heinz History Center and National Museum of American History.Chair: Meliss…
 
We’re all waiting for fundraising to get easier. But what happens when misperceptions make it even more difficult? This session features a panel of leaders from several organizations discussing how they address fundraising misconceptions created by state and federal affiliations, assumptions about benefactors, earned income challenges and more.Chai…
 
This session explores a contested collection of Japanese American artifacts from incarceration collected by curator Allen Hendershott Eaton in 1945. In 2015, a public auction of these artifacts was halted by a grassroots protest that led to the acquisition by a community-based institution raising questions about authority, community, and provenance…
 
Six congregations and three archival repositories have banded together to digitize the records of eleven of Philadelphia’s historic congregations and make their records available online through a unified portal. Working collaboratively they secured funding, found individuals and institutions to provide technical expertise, and recruited volunteers …
 
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