Can’t make it to Detroit but still want to participate in the AASLH Annual Meeting? Join us at the Online Conference and attend six hot topic sessions, plus hear from featured speakers. Each session is broadcast live from the Annual Meeting. All presentations have been reworked for a live audience. See slides, ask questions, and interact online with presenters and the virtual audience in these live broadcasts. The Online Conference will take place September 15-16. After the Conference, participants will have exclusive access to recordings of all six sessions for six months.

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Online Conference Schedule

Thursday, September 15

Small Museums, Big Impact! Change Agents


Being small doesn’t mean thinking small. Examine the successful reinvention of three small museums that used big challenges to guide their institutions to new levels of excellence. Metamorphosis in small museums might seem impossible but can play a vital part in making 21st century museums relevant and sustainable.

Chair: Maggie Marconi, Museum Administrator, Sandusky Library Follett House Museum, Sandusky, OH


From Farm to Fork: Narratives That Connect 


Agricultural tools, equipment, heritage plants, and animals hold the key to link historic food and fiber production to current trends in agriculture literacy and locavore/ foodie culture. Speakers will share ideas that can turn photographs, equipment, historic buildings, and landscape into thought-provoking exhibits and programs appealing to audiences of all ages.

Chair: James C. McCabe, Special Programs Manager, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI


Breaking the Mold: Reimagining Traditional Museums, Programs, and Collections 


See how three institutions are rethinking how they operate in order to reach new audiences, maintain relevancy, and create advocates for history. From tweaking programming to breaking the operational mold, ideas and tips will be shared to inspire staff at institutions large and small.

Chair: Alexandra Rasic, Director of Public Programs, Homestead Museum, City of Industry, CA


Friday, September 16

Intentional Inclusion: Developing a D&I Strategy for Your Organization 


As demographics in the country continue to become more diverse, museums must create new systems to be more inclusive organizations. Developing a strategy for inclusion can help history organizations efficiently create new patterns of behavior that are inclusive and supportive of all types of diversity.

Chair: Chris Taylor, Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN


Deconstructing “Safe Space”


The concept of “safe space” is often summoned as historical institutions approach challenging topics on race, politics, and identity. But what does “safety” actually look or feel like? Should institutions create experiences in which visitors feel unsafe? We’ll take a critical look at this buzzword and its implications on interpretation.

Chair: Maggie Schmidt, Senior Exhibit Developer, 106 Group, St. Paul, MN


Strangelove: How to Stop Worrying and Start Fundraising 


Fundraising is critical to nonprofit work, but it isn’t exclusively reserved for executive directors, development staff, and board committees. This discussion will demystify fundraising and explore how staff and volunteers at organizations of all sizes can advance their mission with better understanding of the fund development process.

Chair: Jamie Simek, Fundraising Educator- Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN


Registration Rates

Individual- Single Log In  Member Rate: $60 Nonmember Rate: $110
Group-Multiple Log In Member Rate: $120 Contributing, Sustaining, and Supporting Institutional Member, Institutional Partner Rate: $75 Nonmember Rate: $180