MORE MEMBER NEWS

  • Have you heard of the NEA Big Read? The National Endowment for the Arts recently released the application guidelines for 2017-2018 NEA Big Read grants. The initiative is introducing 13 new titles, including Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, a story about a of a young platoon on a battlefield of the Vietnam War. Retuning […]

  • “History, Memory, and Disability Rights: Creating Inclusive Public Humanities Programs,” a one-day public humanities conference and workshops that features current research on the complex and complicated historical narrative that is the disability rights movement in the mid-Atlantic region, will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Rutgers University-Camden. […]

  • Students Opposing Slavery (SOS), a youth education program of President Lincoln’s Cottage, was awarded the Presidential Award of Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons on Monday, October 24th, 2016 at the meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the White House (see video coverage of the […]

  • The Center for Home Movies is undertaking, thanks to support from the Library of Congress and CLIR, a survey of home movies and amateur films in archival collections in the United States. The goal is to create as comprehensive a directory as possible of amateur film holdings in American archives, libraries and museums. Over the next year we will be […]

  • There’s no missing Americans’ passionate interest in genealogy today. Aging baby boomers have greater free time for research and deepened appreciation for family ties. Massive amounts of demographic and other data are literally at one’s fingertips on a computer keyboard. A wider range of racial and ethnic groups are seeking out their family lineages including […]

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that it will award $79 million in grants for 290 humanities projects and programs this summer. “NEH grants help bring humanities experiences to Americans across the country,” said Chairman William D. Adams. “Our funding supports museums, libraries and cultural institutions, and the local state councils that create and […]

  • Here’s an opportunity for historians, archivists, and museum professionals to receive grant-sponsored training in scientific imaging technologies: Who is CHI? Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) is a nonprofit organization in San Francisco that fosters scientific imaging practices to save history. CHI recently won a two-year training grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH Training […]

  • On Monday, October 10, 2016, the Digital POWRR Team will be conducting a FREE workshop at the Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, GA entitled From Theory to Action: A Pragmatic Approach to Digital Preservation Tools and Strategies. The Digital POWRR (Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources) Workshop was created as a result of an IMLS-funded study […]

  • The Catalina Island Museum in Avalon, California (members since 2001) announces the upcoming departure of its Executive Director, Dr. Michael De Marsche. Planned from the beginning of his tenure, Dr. De Marsche joined the Catalina Island Museum in 2010 and immediately went to work re-invigorating the museum. Under his leadership the museum’s former location in […]

  • The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library have announced a new program to help people across the country restore and preserve local World War I memorials. “100 CITIES/100 MEMORIALS” is a fund-matching program, where groups or individuals can A) identify local sites in their area, B) create a […]

  • “At a time when many historic house museums across the country are experiencing declining visitation, Portland, Oregon’s Pittock Mansion has set a new record for annual visitors. Visitation has steadily grown from 81,000 in fiscal year 2013/2014 to 86,000 in fiscal year 2014/2015 to a new record of 103,000 visitors in fiscal year 2015/2016. The […]

  • Summer is definitely here, but it’s not too late to join the Blue Star Museums program.  Sponsored by the NEA and Blue Star Families, the program encourages museums to offer free SUMMER admission to active duty military personnel and their families.  If you would like to join us for the 2016 season register here. Last […]

  •   Hello!  My name is Chris Bickel.  I currently am the Supervisor of Social Studies for Livingston Public Schools in NJ.  I wanted to share some exciting news developing in the ongoing partnership between schools and the Museums/Historic Homes/National Parks that exist within their borders. Last summer, as a Teacher Ranger Teacher with Morristown National […]

  • Nine AASLH member institutions dedicated to preserving African-American and Native American history and culture have been awarded prestigious grants from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). These grants, representing funds of more than $500,000, will be used to develop language and culture workshops, create and expand exhibits, stabilize and digitize primary sources, protect collections, and many […]

  • A new initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will help libraries and museums develop a deeper understanding of their role as instruments of community stability and enablers of positive community change. Through the Community Catalyst Initiative, IMLS will gather input from the library, museum, and community revitalization fields to develop frameworks, […]

  • The GRAMMY Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for their 2017 grant cycle. With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research […]

  • NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. – The Great Lakes Naval Museum was officially renamed the National Museum of the American Sailor during a ceremony and sign unveiling at the museum 1 p.m. Tuesday. The Navy’s top enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens, was joined by retired Rear Adm. Sam Cox, director […]

  • The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University–Camden is launching a new continuing education program in September 2016. This new program is a non-degree, non-credit program that is open to anyone interested in historic preservation: members of historic preservation commissions, town planners, historic site administrators and volunteers, owners of old or historic buildings, […]

  • The National Association for Interpretation announced that registration is open for its 2016 national conference, to be held at the Omni Hotel and AmericanBank Conference Center in Corpus Christi, TX, November 8-12. The annual training conference for natural and cultural heritage interpreters from throughout the country will provide nine pre-conference workshops, two keynote speakers, ten […]

  • Every year the Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) conference brings together professionals, both experienced and new, who are working to make cultural arts programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities of all ages. Join us in Pittsburgh, PA from July 31-August 6 to meet and mingle with peers, learn about the latest technological advances, […]

  • The King County Archives in Seattle, Washington (new members of AASLH) announces publication of its new online exhibit, Responding to AIDS: The Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, 1982-1996, at http://respondingtoaidsexhibit.org. The exhibit tells how Seattle-King County became a national leader in AIDS prevention, education, research, and support for quality care, through forward-thinking leadership, innovative […]

  • This WAS Contemporary Art: Fine and Decorative Arts in Houston 1945–1965 will run at The Heritage Society Museum in downtown Houston from Thursday, July 14 to Saturday, October 15, 2016. The Heritage Society Museum has been a member of AASLH since 2013.   The Heritage Society (THS) is organizing This WAS Contemporary Art: Fine and Decorative Arts in […]

  • YORBA LINDA, Calif., June 2, 2016—A completely new interactive presidential museum is opening at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on October 14, 2016. The opening will come nearly a year after the $15-million construction began on the 25-year-old exhibits. After opening, the Nixon Library will be the newest presidential museum in the nation. The new […]

  • The George C. Marshall Foundation, Lexington, Virginia, member of AASLH since 2008, announces the release of volume seven of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall. Publication of volume seven concludes the multi-year, multi-award-winning documentary editing project that details the official written record of one of the most influential Americans of all time. “Even today George […]

  • As of June 1, 2016, the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies has officially been renamed the International Preservation Studies Center. The Center announced the change today in a press release: Over the past year we have put a lot of time and effort into selecting a new name and logo that better represents our […]

  • The Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) Board of Trustees has appointed Trevor M. Jones of Frankfort, Kentucky, as Director/CEO of NSHS. Jones is a long-time member and friend of AASLH and currently serves as the chair of the AASLH Nominating Committee. He is the co-author, along with Linnea Grim, of Museum Management Tune-Up (AASLH Technical Leaflet […]

  • The Board of Directors of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association today announced that John S. Bacon has been named President of Stratford Hall. In this capacity, Bacon will be responsible for raising the profile of Stratford Hall’s mission, directing operations on site, representing the institution in the community and more broadly, and leveraging the […]

  • It may surprise the thousands of visitors who have vacationed on the island of Santa Catalina, but the Catalina Island Museum (AASLH Members since 2001) has never had a permanent home. The museum opened in 1953, leasing a small space on the ground floor of the island’s most famous landmark–the monumental 12-story architectural extravaganza called […]

  • Colorado Humanities, in collaboration with Colorado State University Libraries, the University Press of Colorado, and History Colorado, is pleased to announce a prototype version of the Colorado Encyclopedia is now available at coloradoencyclopedia.org. A vetted, mobile-friendly resource, the prototype Colorado Encyclopedia includes articles written and reviewed by the state’s top scholars on hundreds of topics, […]

  • We congratulate these members who earned StEPs certificates 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 nationally recognized […]

  • The Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (ULSG) in St. Louis, Missouri, preserves and interprets the lives of Ulysses S. Grant, his wife Julia Dent Grant, and the thirty enslaved African Americans who were owned by Julia’s family and labored at her childhood home, White Haven, in the years before the American Civil War. Although […]

  • New York, NY. — Library of America has been awarded a $550,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partial support of World War I and America, a major initiative involving public programs in all fifty states, a travelling exhibition, a multimedia website, and the publication of an unprecedented anthology of writings by […]

  • Do a quick Google search for the definition of Visitor Experience. Go ahead. You won’t find one. Primarily because we, as institutions, define what the visitor experience is for ourselves. Therein lies one of the most fundamental struggles we all face. What does our visitor experience look like? What do we want our visitors to […]

  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services  has announced the ten recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference […]

  • The Nevada Museums Association is requesting proposals for the 2016 Annual Meeting at Lake Tahoe, October 26 – 28. This year’s theme is Charting a Course to Community Connection. Everything we do impacts the community and the community impacts us. Sessions will focus on relevance, collaboration and engaging the community. NMA is requesting submissions focused on […]

  • March StEPs Certificates

    March 31, 2016

    We congratulate these members who earned StEPs certificates 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 nationally recognized […]

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today that it will award $21.1 million in grants for 248 humanities projects. “NEH grants bring the humanities to life for Americans by helping preserve valuable cultural resources, advancing research, and supporting films and exhibitions that communicate the lessons of history and culture to new audiences,” said NEH […]

  • Curtains Without Borders is a small non-profit organization that has been documenting and restoring  historic stage scenery for almost 20 years.  We’ve found 500 grand drapes, advertising curtains, and backdrops in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and Massachusetts plus more in other states.  To date, our team of conservators has restored about 300 of […]

  •   July 19-23, Hyatt Regency Boston With 14 in-depth workshops ranging from introductory statistics to data visualization and reporting, over 45 presentations of papers, roundtables, and think tanks, and keynote speakers from across the fields of data visualization and data science, the 2016 VSA conference will not disappoint! Check out the conference schedule of events and the workshops […]

  • NEW ORLEANS – The National WWII Museum this week announced plans to return restored patrol-torpedo (PT) boat PT-305 to her home waters of Lake Pontchartrain, where she was originally tested by Higgins Industries more than 70 years ago. The Museum launched the first phase of the plan this week: a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds necessary to move PT-305 […]

  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (March 4, 2016) – The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (AASLH members since 1989) board of trustees has elected Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed a trustee of the foundation. Gordon-Reed’s research into the historiography of the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman whom he owned, was discussed in […]

  • The Puget Sound Navy Museum (AASLH members since 2015) in Bremerton, Washington is excited to announce the opening of a new exhibit on March 4th. “When Baseball Went to War” explores the history of U.S. Navy baseball from its earliest years through World War II. Baseball was among the earliest team sports played at the […]

  • Award Encourages Visitors to Tour, Touch and Live Houston’s Storied Past Houston, TX – March 1, 2016 – Historians and preservation enthusiasts now have a chance to relive Houston’s storied past thanks to Houston First Corporation for awarding $12,500 to The Heritage Society (AASLH members since 2013), Houston’s only outdoor, interactive historic museum and park. […]

  • February StEPs certificates

    February 29, 2016

      We congratulate these members who earned StEPs certificates 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 nationally […]

  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, including three AASLH institutional members. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary […]

  • The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington (AASLH Member since 1990) is pleased to introduce our new curator, Christiane Bauer. Christiane’s most recent work experience was at the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany where she worked as a provenance researcher. Prior to that, she worked at the Jewish Museum Berlin for seven years in a […]