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2017 AASLH Online Conference

September 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am - September 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm CDT

$60 – $180

Want to participate in AASLH Annual Meeting sessions without leaving your office? Join us at the Online Conference where you can virtually attend six hot topic sessions and get recordings of keynote speakers. Each session is broadcast live from the Annual Meeting as a presentation reworked for an online audience. See slides, ask questions, and interact online with presenters and the virtual audience in these live broadcasts. Then enjoy access to the recordings for six months. These sessions provide real ideas, tools, and solutions to help you do good history.

Low rates and a group log-in option make this online learning opportunity accessible for anyone who wants to improve their practice of history. Watch at home, at your desk, or gather staff members together for a team-building event. Scroll down to see this year’s online program.

Registration Rates

Participants will have free access to all session handouts, online recordings, and other podcasts for six months after the broadcast.

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Individual- Single Log In

Member Rate: $60

Nonmember Rate: $110

Group*-Multiple Log In

Member Rate: $120

Contributing, Sustaining, and Supporting Institutional Member, Institutional Partner, Academic Program Rate: $75

Nonmember Rate: $180

*We have expanded the definition of “group” to include those institutions that are part of a regional group, not just those that have many employees and an auditorium. When you sign up as a group, you may utilize an unlimited number of internet connections to view the conference.

If your organization works with multiple history sites and you sign up at the multiple log in group rate, you can now forward the link for the Online Conference to those institutions so they can view it from their individual sites, all for one low price.

2017 Online Conference Schedule

*Note that all times are in Central Daylight Time, as we will be broadcasting live from the Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.

Thursday, September 7

Field Services Alliance Tips: Caring for Collections on a Budget


Every museum works within the confines of a budget.  We all know the best practices and what we should do for our organizations, but the question stopping us is usually: How?  Join us for a series of tips and tricks addressing budget-friendly practices for collections care, exhibition, and disaster planning.

Karen DePauw, Coordinator, Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society


Historic Preservation Never Ends: Practical Maintenance for Your Historic Buildings


A historic building expresses the tangible past like few other artifacts can-but needs its own collections care. Learn proper preservation stewardship for your museum: the basics of routine maintenance, working with construction professionals, the guiding ideas of preservation and how to inform stakeholders about the processes and costs involved.

Evelyn Montgomery, Director of Collections, Exhibits and Preservation, Dallas Heritage Village


Engaging Programs = Engaging Communities?


History museums and historic sites are always part of a community, but what makes a community want to engage with it? This session will explore three different approaches as well as develop a set of practical steps to help you engage more effectively with your local community.

Max A. van Balgooy, President, Engaging Places LLC


Friday, September 8

Innovative Audience Engagement From Outside the Museum Bubble


What techniques and practices from outside the “museum bubble” inspire us to push the boundaries of audience engagement? After reviewing innovative experiences from “non-museum” organizations that meaningfully connect audiences and content, we’ll use creative thinking strategies to brainstorm intersections with museum work and techniques our field might adapt or borrow

Beth Maloney, Director of Interpretation, Baltimore Museum of Industry


Seeking Absent Voices: Inclusion and Relevance; Examples, Tools, and a Conversation


Your institution is missing its full potential. Be motivated to build relationships in your communities and to collect and convey the stories you’re missing. Observe the value of digging deeper. Learn tools for meaningful engagement. And be forewarned of challenges you will face if you open this door.

Steve Boyd-Smith, Manager of Interpretation and Design, 106 Group


The Art of Saying “No”: Declining Collections Gifts Gracefully


Saying “no” to potential donations is a difficult part of collections work.  Yet, this skill is essential to maintaining relevance and sustainability.  Participants will learn how to say “no” gracefully, why a collections policy is their ally and how to suggest alternative homes for the items.

Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Luzerne County Historical Society

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September 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am
September 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
$60 – $180
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