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Online Course: Introduction to Financial Management

An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course

Course Description

Designed for staff and volunteers of all abilities and organizations of all sizes, this four-week course provides an accessible, clear, and even fun introduction to financial concepts. From understanding expenses and income to how to establish an endowment, this course will equip you with a toolkit to engage with finance on your terms and to your ability.

Over the four weeks, students will participate in dynamic discussions, review relevant and timely case studies and readings, and ultimately build a real, usable budget tailored to their organization’s needs.  

Participant Outcomes

At the end of this course you will:  

  • Understand processes related to budgets and basic financial systems in accordance with best practices  
  • Understand institutional financial planning, goal-setting, and analysis  
  • Bridge mission- and non-mission-based activities with financial outcomes 
  • Feel more comfortable and better equipped to create operational and special project budgets 

Sample Curriculum

  • Week 1: Course overview, introduction to financial terms and definitions, explanation of income and expenses
  • Week 2: Overview of budgets including maintenance and evaluation, financial systems and structures
  • Week 3: The relationship between financial systems and mission, UBIT, and introduction to restricted and unrestricted funds
  • Week 4: Next steps for budgets, the right financial questions to ask and when to ask them​

Texts Used

Required: Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums, Rebekah Beaulieu, Rowman & Littlefield, 2017

 Texts are NOT INCLUDED with your registration. You must order the book separately from the book seller of your choice.


COURSE DATES: September 30 - October 27, 2019

COST: $150 Members / $250 Nonmembers

OPEN REGISTRATION: May 1 - September 25, 2019; 20 participant limit


Course Logistics

FORMAT: Online, weekly-paced course 

LENGTH: 4 weeks 

PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly real-time online chats (schedule to be determined based on student availability); weekly assignments; final course assignment; Students should expect to spend 2-5 hours per week on the course. 

MATERIALS: One recommended text; students should bring real-life financial information to the course to be used in course assignments to create a budget. Students should also have Microsoft Excel or a similar spreadsheet program as it will be used extensively to complete assignments. Note: all institutional financial information will be kept confidential and shared only with the instructor. 

CREDIT:Successful completion of this course (80% or higher) will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

Who Should Take This Course

Whether you have financial responsibilities at your organization, wish to build a skill set for a leadership position in the future, or simply want to better comprehend and contribute to financial decision-making, this course is for you. Participants  


Rebekah Beaulieu, Ph.D. is the Director of the Florence Griswold Museum, an art museum, National Landmark historic house, and 13-acres of gardens and grounds in Old Lyme, Connecticut. She serves on the faculty of AASLH’s History Leadership Institute, and is a member of the Association’s Finance Committee. Becky is also a board member of the New England Museum Association and Connecticut Humanities, and was recently appointed an AAM Accreditation Commissioner.   

Becky is the author of Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). She holds an M.A in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and in Arts Administration from Columbia University; she earned her Ph.D. in American and New England Studies at Boston University.  

Online Course: Project Management for History Professionals

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/nonprofit context.


DATES: September 9 – October 6, 2019

COST: $350 AASLH members/$425 nonmembers

OPEN REGISTRATION: August 2 - September 5, 2019; 25 person max



FORMAT: Online, self-paced weekly modules

LENGTH: 4 weeks

PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly online chats; Students should expect to spend 5-7 hours per week on the course

MATERIALS: There are no required materials for this course. All materials will be provided within the online classroom.

Description & Outcomes:

Coursework will cover all of the details included in the four steps to successful project management:

  1. Define (creating a project charter, setting initial objectives, identifying risks and constraints, and more)
  2. Plan (developing a schedule, budget, etc.)
  3. Manage (providing feedback, negotiating for resources and resolving differences)
  4. Review (turning over deliverables, documentation and more)

Using a real-life project they bring to the course, participants apply project management principles to complete a project charter and scope diagram they can then use to begin or continue their project in an efficient, orderly and open manner.

This course consists of four modules that include assignments, quizzes, and other activities. While the first week’s module is guided, the rest are self-paced. Weekly online chats provide opportunities for students to interact with the instructor and each other.

Students should expect to spend five to seven hours per week on the course.

Who should attend:

Project Management is valuable training for staff at all levels. Whether your work involves exhibitions, education and programs, planning, fundraising, collections, historic preservation or the many other tasks staff at history organizations address every day, you will gain new skills, ideas and tools for effectively managing projects.

Participant Feedback:

“Project management is usually discussed in terms of software development or construction management. It was so helpful to see its value within a humanities context. This is some of the best professional development I have ever experienced. Excellent instruction.” – 2015 participant


AASLH welcomes Gina Minks as its new project management instructor. For the past five years, Gina has had her own consulting business and taught project management classes for the University of North Texas. She has also taught for the Library Information Technology Association and the Society of American Archivists. Prior to that, she served as the Imaging and Preservation service manager for Amigos Library Services where she managed NEH grants. Gina is active in professional associations including her current service as a board member for the Society of American Archivists Foundation. She is also a member of the National Heritage Responders and has been part of disaster recovery after Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Wilma, and Super Storm Sandy.

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Online Course: Caring for Museum Collections

An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course

Course Description

This eight week course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management.

Each week of this course contains a narrative discussion of a topic in the form of Lessons. Lessons are must-reads. Lessons, along with readings from the two course books and the handouts, combined with your professional experiences, will provide you with a grounding in the week’s topic.

Participant Outcomes

After completing this course, participants will understand principles and best practices of physical care and preservation of your museum collections including the following:

  • Know the major causes of deterioration for museum objects and how to use that information to enhance long-term preservation;
  • Know how to handle objects in the safest way;
  • Know how to examine and document the condition of objects in your collections;
  • Know how to display your collections in a way that prolongs their life;
  • Know how to store and house your collections in the way that best preserves them;
  • Understand the importance of environmental control for the preservation of your collections;
  • Know the best ways to clean your museum; and
  • Know how to perform a risk assessment of your museum and use it to write a disaster plan.


COURSE DATES: August 5 - September 29, 2019

COST: $195 AASLH Members/ $295 Nonmembers

OPEN REGISTRATION: April 25 -  July 29, 2019; 30 person limit



FORMAT: Online, weekly-paced course.

LENGTH: 8 weeks

PARTICIPATION STYLE: Weekly forum discussions, assignments

MATERIALS: There are no required texts for this course. All materials will be provided.

CREDIT: Successful completion of this course will earn one credit toward the Small Museum Pro! certificate from AASLH.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with conservation of collections. This course requires participants have access to museum collections to successfully complete this course, either as a staff member, volunteer, or intern.


Rebecca Elder is an experienced cultural heritage preservation consultant who helps clients find practical and achievable solutions to care for their history collections. She collaborates with libraries, museums, archives, municipalities and families to tailor preservation plans to their resources and timelines.

In 2014, Rebecca founded Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation to provide preservation advice to clients holding history collections. Rebecca has also worked at Amigos Library Services, the Harvard University Libraries and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Rebecca received her MSIS and a Certificate of Advanced Studies for Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, and now is adjunct faculty at the iSchool, teaching Preservation Management and Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials.  She also serves as coordinator for the National Heritage Responders, a team of volunteer conservators and allied professionals who respond to disasters.

Rebecca is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. She also engages in professional service with the American Institute for Conservation, the Society of American Archivists, the Society of Southwest Archivists, and the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums.

Rebecca lives in Austin, TX with her four cats: Frankie, Princess Snowball, Thingy and Tucker the Most Interesting Cat In The World (@heytuckercat on Instagram). She knits obsessively, collects smashed pennies, and isn’t afraid to admit that she loves 1970s white polyester jumpsuit Elvis.  Looking to connect? Head to www.elderpreservation.com.  She’ll be glad you did.