AASLH Programs

AASLH offers programs that support our members’ practice of history. Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill or fundamentally transform your organization, AASLH has programs to help you interpret history and make the past more meaningful.Our programs can help you learn new approaches and engage with new ideas, like through our Continuing Education offerings, including online webinars, in-person workshops, and the Small Museums Pro! certificate program, and the History Leadership Institute. We also offer programs to help measure and improve your organization, like the Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) and Visitors Count!. And the AASLH Leadership in History Awards allows us to recognize superior and innovative achievement in the field.Browse the list below to see which programs can help you and/or your history organization.

Professional Development

AASLH webinars, online courses, and workshops are designed for busy professionals, students, and volunteers. We do everything we can to make it easy for you to fit continuing education into your schedule, like flexible online course deadlines and recording all our webinars.

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Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs)

StEPs is AASLH’s self-study assessment program designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, the 900+ organizations enrolled in StEPS review their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against national museum standards.


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History Leadership Institute

The History Leadership Institute (formerly the Seminar for Historical Administration or SHA) is the best professional development opportunity for leaders of history organizations of all types and sizes. Since 1959, it has provided history professionals the tools, ideas, and connections that enhance their ability to lead their institutions and the field.

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Visitors Count!

Visitors Count! is AASLH’s visitor research program for mid- to large-sized museums and historic sites. Participants in the program work with AASLH to develop a customized survey and a plan for collecting replies. Then, an expert analyzes the data, and creates a detailed report with benchmarking against similar museums and recommendations for action.

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AASLH Leadership in History Awards

AASLH bestows Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Awards serve as an inspiration to others in the field. Organizations of all sizes are encouraged to apply and self-nominate. The annual submission deadline is March 1. Winners are recognized at a special Awards Banquet during the AASLH Annual Meeting each Fall.

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