Workshop: Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions

Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions

An AASLH Workshop

Workshop Description

This workshop provides a broad overview of public programming and exhibits with a focus on active learning. Themes are based on The Museum Educator’s Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques, coauthored by one of the workshop instructors.

Keeping visitors at the forefront of our thinking, participants will explore a wide range of topics including audience types, volunteer management and training, tour techniques, active learning with people of all ages, developing/updating exhibits, demonstrating relevance, marketing, evaluation, planning, and collaboration. Case studies and interactive activities provide excellent opportunities to engage with fellow participants and our host site. Attendees will leave the workshop with information, ideas, and materials they can take back to their organizations to adapt and apply.

Details

FORMAT: On-site group workshop

LENGTH: Two days

DATE: September 23-24, 2019

LOCATION: James J. Hill House, St. Paul, MN

MATERIALS: Workshop materials will be provided upon registration and in-person at the event.

COST: $230 AASLH Members/$345 Nonmembers

** Save $40 when you register by August 23, 2019 and use promo code EARLYBIRD19 at checkout! **

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Who Should Attend This Workshop

This workshop is ideally suited for early-career museum educators, curators, volunteer managers, museum studies students, or dedicated volunteers who play a role in education, interpretation, exhibition planning, and/or public programming. Mid-career professionals can also benefit from revisiting the content covered in this workshop to help update and rethink programs and exhibits and gain insights on how to train and support newer staff.

Instructors

Tim Grove recently started a new consulting business after twenty years at the Smithsonian. He focuses on education strategy, exhibition development, and increasing relevance. He is author of 4 books including The Museum Educator’s Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques. The 2nd edition of the book was recently published.

Alexandra Rasic is the Director of Public Programs at the Homestead Museum in City of Industry, CA, and a member of AASLH’s Council. In addition to working with the public in a variety of history organizations as a volunteer, she worked as a freelance corporate archivist for over a decade in Los Angeles.


Focusing on Visitors: An Investment in Your Organization’s Future

People in our field are actively engaged in conversations about relevancy. Why? Because we need to rethink the way we do things.exploration Many history museums, historical societies, and related institutions are struggling to survive, stand out from the crowd, and make meaningful connections with visitors. Part of the reason is that many of us have become stuck in our ways—not because we are lazy—we are far from that as a field—but because we are overwhelmed. We don’t spend enough time thinking about visitors’ needs and wants. We have not thought enough about how we need to change the way we do things to better relate to and engage current and potential visitors.

What can you do to create advocates for history and your organization? How do you rethink what you’ve done day in and day out (for years, or even decades!) with a fresh set of eyes? And how will you train staff to better focus on the needs of visitors? These are just a few of the things that we’ll discuss at Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions, a two-day workshop taking place on April 3 and 4, at the Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

We know it can be hard to justify taking time off or sending more than one staff member to participate in professional development opportunities, but whether you are a first-time museum educator, tour guide, volunteer manager, or mid-career professional, this workshop will be time worth spent.

Through interactive activities and case studies, you will learn more about audience types, volunteer management and training, tour techniques, active learning with people of all ages, developing exhibits with visitors in mind, technology, evaluations, planning, and working with others to create programs. Participants will have an opportunity to tackle some of their greatest challenges and concerns as they work with instructors and colleagues. Better focusing on visitors can transform your organization. Join us in Portsmouth to set the wheels in motion!

Alexandra Rasic is the Director of Public Programs at the Homestead Museum in City of Industry, CA. She also serves as co-faculty of this workshop with Tim Grove.


AASLH Offering Two Programming Workshops in April

AASLH will offer two workshops in April, both on public programming.

Focusing On Visitors:
Public Programming & Exhibits At History Institutions

April 3-4, 2014
Governor John Langdon House, Historic New England,
Portsmouth, NH

This workshop provides a broad overview of public programming and exhibits focusing on active learning at different kinds of history organizations. Seasoned educators direct conversations about museum education and what it is museum educators do. Participants will leave the workshop with information and materials they can take back to their organizations to adapt and use!

  • Cost: $270 members/$345 nonmembers
  • $40 discount if fee is received by February 27
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Connecting Your Collections To Teachers And Students
April 10-11, 2014
Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH
Sponsored by: The Creative Learning Factory

Through a combination of presentations, discussions, hands-on activities, and take-home materials, this workshop addresses the various elements of museum education and program planning needed to create an engaging, educational, and successful program with a focus on collections-based programming. Topics include learning styles, presentation strategies, audience types, planning strategies and program assessment, using research, training staff, and crafting programming that is meaningful to the education community.

  • Cost: $270 members/$345 nonmembers
  • $40 discount if fee is received by March 6
 Register Now