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Webinar: History Relevance Coffee Break with Ford's Theatre

Been noodling on a sticky problem without a clear solution? Ford’s Theatre staff have long been batting around ideas on how to make history more relevant to the 235,000 students who visit the site every year. Working with strategist/evaluator Kate Haley Goldman, Ford’s Theatre did a series of six week-long sprints to build rough prototypes of some of these ideas and test them with actual students on-site. Join Associate Director for Interpretive Resources David McKenzie in a focused discussion with History Relevance initiative standing committee member Conny Graft to learn about the successes and lessons learned in this exhausting, but exhilarating, exercise in human-centered design.

This webinar is part of the History Relevance Coffee Break webinar series. Each webinar in this short-form series showcases projects by history organizations that are making history relevant to their communities in meaningful, measurable, and replicable ways. Webinar participants will glean practical tips for how organizations can connect issues of the past to issues of the present and meet their relevance goals.

Details:

DATE: Thursday, December 13, 2018

TIME: 3:00 – 3:30 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone!)

COST: $Free Members / $5 Non-members

Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact learn@aaslh.org for more information.

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Description and Outcomes:

Interview Questions:

  • Tell us about how you connected issues of the past with issues of the present?
  • What were some of the challenges you faced in implementing this project?
  • What did you learn from the evaluation of your project?
  • Based on your experience making history relevant through this project, what are the three most important suggestions you have for others working to make history relevant at their institutions?

Participant Outcomes:

  • Learn how Ford's Theatre makes history relevant in measurable and replicable ways
  • Feel inspired by the featured organization to endorse the Value of History Statement
  • Feel inspired to employ formal survey and evaluation techniques when evaluating the success of their projects
  • Feel motivated to think creatively about how they can make history relevant through projects at their own institution
  • Learn practical tips for how organizations can connect issues of the past to issues of the presents

Speakers:

  • Conny Graft, Steering Committee Member, History Relevance Initiative
  • David McKenzie, Associate Director for Interpretive Resources, Ford's Theatre

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Webinar: History Relevance Coffee Break with Washington State Historical Society

Take a virtual "coffee break" with Gwen Whiting of Washington State Historical Society and Elisabeth Marsh of the Organization of American Historians and the History Relevance initiative. During this thirty-minute interview, Gwen and Elisabeth discuss the challenges faced and lessons learned in the development of Washington State Historical Society's new permanent exhibit, "Washington, My Home."

This webinar is part of the History Relevance Coffee Break webinar series. Each webinar in this short-form series showcases projects by history organizations that are making history relevant to their communities in meaningful, measurable, and replicable ways. Webinar participants will glean practical tips for how organizations can connect issues of the past to issues of the present and meet their relevance goals.

Details:

DATE: Thursday, November 29, 2018

TIME: 3:00 – 3:30 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone!)

COST: $Free Members / $5 Non-members

Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact learn@aaslh.org for more information.

REGISTER HERE

Description and Outcomes:

Interview Questions:

  • Tell us about how you connected issues of the past with issues of the present?
  • What were some of the challenges you faced in implementing this project?
  • What did you learn from the evaluation of your project?
  • Based on your experience making history relevant through this project, what are the three most important suggestions you have for others working to make history relevant at their institutions?

Participant Outcomes:

  • Learn how Washington State Historical Society makes history relevant in measurable and replicable ways
  • Feel inspired by the featured organization to endorse the Value of History Statement and employ formal survey and evaluation techniques when evaluating the success of their projects
  • Feel motivated to think creatively about how they can make history relevant through projects at their own institution
  • Learn practical tips for how organizations can connect issues of the past to issues of the presents

Speakers:

  • Elisabeth Marsh, Director of Membership and Program Development, Organization of American Historians; Steering Committee Member, History Relevance Initiative
  • Gwen Whiting, Lead Curator, Washington State Historical Society

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New Webinar Series: History Relevance Coffee Breaks

Against a black rectangular background sit, from left to right, a white microphone icon and white text reading"History Relevance Coffee Break." Below the black rectangle are the AASLH logo, a collection of circles and "AASLH" written in green text, and the History Relevance logo, writing in blue text.AASLH, in partnership with the History Relevance initiative, is proud to present a new webinar series: History Relevance Coffee Breaks. This short-form webinar series showcases projects by history organizations that are making history relevant to their communities in meaningful, measurable, and replicable ways. In an interview facilitated by a member of the History Relevance initiative steering committee, featured organizations and endorsers of the Value of History Statement share the challenges faced and lessons learned in the development of projects that helped them meet their relevance goals.

Participants of History Relevance Coffee Break webinars will gain practical tips for how organizations can connect issues of the past to issues of the present. Each webinar will aim to meet five participant outcomes. Participants will:

  • learn how the featured organization makes history relevant in measurable and replicable ways
  • feel inspired by the featured organization to endorse the Value of History Statement
  • feel inspired to employ formal survey and evaluation techniques when evaluating the success of their projects
  • feel motivated to think creatively about how they can make history relevant through projects at their own institution
  • learn practical tips for how organizations can connect issues of the past to issues of the present

Each webinar in the History Relevance Coffee Break series is free for members and only $5 for nonmembers!

Please join us for our first History Relevance Coffee Break webinars this year:

  • Thursday, November 29 from 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST with Gwen Whiting of the Washington State Historical Society. Gwen will share takeaways from her organization's work relating past stories of immigration to immigration today through a new permanent exhibit, “Washington, My Home.”
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  • Thursday, December 13 from 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST with David McKenzie of Ford’s Theatre. David will discuss how Ford’s Theatre’s prototyping "sprints" have influenced their efforts to connect the past to the present.
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