Active Collections: How to Create a Leaner Collection for Greater Impact

Looking to explore options of what it means to steward leaner, more sustainable collections with greater impact? Join Elee Wood, Rainey Tisdale, and Trevor Jones for a lively interactive discussion of ideas and action items on innovative and possibly unconventional ideas for collections stewardship and management. Topics will include new approaches to collections development, cataloging, policy, deaccessioning.  Participants will gain practical strategies and tools to shape your collection for greater impact.



Date: November 7, 2017

Time: 3pm Eastern/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii/4pm Atlantic

Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers

Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact for more information.


About the Speakers:

Trevor Jones is Director and CEO of the Nebraska State Historical Society. He believes that museum collections have the power to tell amazing stories, and has helped museums of all sizes rethink how artifact collections support their mission. Trevor holds BA degrees in history and German from Grinnell College, an MA degree in history and Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.



Rainey Tisdale is an independent curator who leads for change on field-wide issues including place-based interpretation, collections stewardship, creative practice, and museums & well-being. She has held curatorial positions at the AFL-CIO’s museum, the US Senate’s Office of Senate Curator, and the Bostonian Society; she was a Fulbright Scholar in Helsinki, Finland and a community fellow at Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities; and taught in the Museum Studies Program at Tufts University. She is an international expert on city museums and a co-founder of the Active Collections Project. With Linda Norris, she co-authored Creativity in Museum Practice.



Elee Wood is professor of museum studies, and public scholar of museums, families, and learning in the Museum Studies Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Associate Dean of Student Affairs in the School of Liberal Arts. Wood’s research includes the study of visitor-object experiences in museums, object-based learning, critical museum pedagogy, and evaluation capacity building. She is co-author of The Objects of Experience: Transforming Visitor-Object Encounters in Museums with Kiersten F. Latham (Routledge, 2014) and joined the Active Collections Project in 2014.


Nebraska State Historical Society Names Trevor Jones as New Director/ CEO

The Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) Board of Trustees has appointed Trevor M. Jones of Frankfort, Kentucky, as Director/CEO of NSHS. Jones is a long-time member and friend of AASLH and currently serves as the chair of the AASLH Nominating Committee. He is the co-author, along with Linnea Grim, of Museum Management Tune-Up (AASLH Technical Leaflet #271). Together, Jones and Grim lead the popular AASLH webinar of the same name.

Trevor Jones
Trevor Jones

Jones brings almost two decades of experience in historical organizations and museums in Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina and Wisconsin to the position. He currently serves as Director of Historical Resources at the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) in Frankfort. Under his leadership, KHS made its collections digitally available to a wide audience, created innovative exhibitions, and increased use of the Society’s programs throughout the state.

Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in History and German from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in history and a museum studies certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a graduate of the Developing History Leaders @SHA seminar and is a certified Project Management Professional. He in active in the American Association for State and Local History, serving as Leadership Nominating Committee chair, and the American Alliance of Museums, where he has served on the Board of the Leadership and Management Professional Network and as a Museum Assessment Program reviewer.

Jones has also taught museum studies courses, led digitization projects, published in refereed journals, and developed award-winning exhibitions. He has worked to create diversified funding sources at the Kentucky Historical Society and believes strongly that historical institutions have the capacity to improve skills that contribute to a stronger citizenry. “I am excited to join an institution with creative staff, renowned collections, and a distinguished history,” Jones said. “I look forward to creating more opportunities for Nebraskans to explore and appreciate their past, learn more about themselves, and enhance their decision making through the use of their history.”

Jones will replace Michael J. Smith, who is retiring June 30 after 10 years in the director/ceo role. Starting date for the new director will be in July.

Trevor’s Ridiculously Subjective Louisville Restaurant Guide

Louisville is a fantastic food city. There’s a lot more outHot Brown there than fried chicken, hot browns and derby pies – new restaurants open and close every day and you’ll probably find plenty of amazing places I’ve never heard of. That said, here are some of my favorite places in the city with annotations about why I like them!

Vietnam Kitchen (Iroquois Manor Shopping Center, 5339 Mitscher Ave). Hands down some of the best Vietnamese food in the country. This place is simply incredible with low prices, big portions and amazing food. I love the K6, but everything is amazing. You’ll need a car to get here from downtown, but it’s totally worth the trip.

Harvest (624 E Market St.). In the funky NuLu neighborhood less than a mile from the Marriott, (wander the crazy Joe Loy Antiques across the street if you’re not quite hungry enough to eat yet). Harvest sources about 80% of everything locally. The menu changes frequently depending on what’s in season, but it’s always imaginative and fantastic. It’s much more reasonably priced for lunch than it is for dinner but the prices still won’t break the bank.

Milkwood – (316 W Main St.). Nestled below Actor’s Theatre (and less than a quarter mile from the Marriott) this is Chef Ed Lee’s informal bistro (as opposed to his upscale 610 Magnolia). Milkwood has a limited but great menu of light Asian-inspired food. Reservations are a good idea. If you go, get the octopus bacon or the bone marrow – you’ll thank me later.

Hotel 21c/Bar/Proof on Main (702 W Main St.). Hotel 21c is super cool and hip and less than a half mile from the Marriott. Check out the amazing (and free to visit) art, and be sure to stop by the bathrooms for a strange experience. While there, stop by the bar for expensive but incredible mixed drinks – these folks know how to make them. The attached restaurant Proof on Main is considered one in the best in the city – but it’s awfully pricey.

Mayan Cafe (813 E Market St.). A mile from the Marriott in NuLu, Mayan Café is beloved by Louisville’s chefs. Always fresh and seasonal with interesting flavor combinations. It doesn’t always hit the mark for me, but it won’t be like anything else you’ve ever had.

Schimpff’s Confectionery (347 Spring St, Jeffersonville, IN). Schimpff’s is across the Ohio River in Indiana. The best way to get there is to take a walk across the lovely Big 4 pedestrian bridge. Schimpff’s is like stepping back in time to an old fashioned candy store. They’re famous for their Red Hots, but for me the turtle sundae is worth every single glorious calorie.

Food Trucks! (Various locations across Louisville). Louisville has a large and diverse food truck scene and chances are at least a few trucks will be close to the conference. If it’s a hot day you can’t go wrong with the ice cream sandwiches from the Dessert Truck.

The Dragon King’s Daughter (1126 Bardstown Rd). Fusion sushi – always imaginative and fun. The happy hour deals are incredible. It’s about 2.5 miles from the Marriott.

Havana Rumba (three locations: 4115 Oechsli Ave/12003 Shelbyville Rd/2210 Bardstown Rd) All locations require transportation, but all of them provide some of the best Cuban food I’ve had. Not fancy, but inexpensive and consistently excellent. These folks know how to cook – I recommend the Havana Rumba sandwich with sweet potato fries.

Game (2295 Lexington Rd) --- A tiny place that makes burgers made from everything from elk to ostrich. Casual and likely to be packed with hipsters, but the food is interesting and tasty.

If you’re looking for more official guides to eating in Louisville, check out:

A Note from Trevor about Bourbon:

You can’t take two steps in Kentucky right now without hearing about bourbon. Bourbon’s hot and marketing departments know it. Distilleries are now selling super aged bourbons, single barrel bourbons, and probably bourbons distilled by moonlight -- and they’re charging a premium for all of them. Don’t believe the hype -- the best bourbons tend to be priced in the mid range, and aging them over eight years increases price more than quality. For an everyday drink I think nothing beats a glass of inexpensive Old Forester on the rocks. If you’re not sure about this bourbon thing but want to try some, order something light like Basil Hayden’s or Four Roses. But the best advice is always to drink what you like – and if that’s not bourbon, that’s fine too.

Trevortrevor jones Jones is the Director of Museum Collections and Exhibitions at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, KY. He also serves on the 2015 Program Committee and assists with the 2015 Host Committee.