Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (STEPS)

STEPS rewards your organization with certificates each time it reports back to AASLH that it has achieved all of the Basic (Bronze), Good (Silver) or Better (Gold) performance indicators in one of the six workbook sections.
Earning certificates can bring your organization local and statewide recognition plus valuable support material for funding requests and grant applications. And, they motivate your organization to continue in the program until it has earned all eighteen program certificates.
The following is a list of all organizations that have earned certificates in STEPS. Organizations in bold have graduated with Gold in all applicable categories.
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B= Bronze (Basic)
S= Silver (Good)
G= Gold (Better)

Please note this page is currently under construction. If you see incorrect or missing entries for your organization, please email the Professional Development Team, at [email protected].

Institution State  MVG     AUD      INT     COL    HSL   MGT
Addison Historical Museum IL B B
African American Cultural & Heritage Museum of Washtenaw Co MI B B
African American Museum of Southern Arizona AZ
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum FL B G S B
Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center SD G G G
Alameda Museum CA
Alderwood Manor Heritage Association WA G
Alexandria-Monroe Township Historical Society IN
Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation UT B B S B B B, S
Alice Austen House NY
Altoona Area Historical Society IA
Amelia Island Museum of History FL S S
American Bald Eagle Foundation AK
American Bookbinders Museum CA
American Clock & Watch Museum CT B B
American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters IN
America’s Black Holocaust Museum WI
Americorps – Ohio History Connection OH
Amherst Historical Museum MA S B S
Amplifier Experience Design MN
Ancient Burying Ground Association CT
Andrew Low House GA B B B B B B
Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum OH  G  G B, S B B
Arch Street Meeting House PA
Archaeological Repository of Colorado State University CO S
Archdiocese of Louisville Archives KY
Architecture and Community Heritage – ARCH TX
Armed Forces Heritage Museum NJ
Association for Rollinsford Culture and History NH
Aspen Historical Society CO B B B B, S
Auglaize County Historical Society OK
Aurora Regional Fire Museum IL
Avery-Copp House CT S S S
Avery Memorial Association CT S S B S S S
Aviation History and Technology Center GA
Bainbridge Island Historical Society WA S G S S
Baker Heritage Museum OR B B
Bar Harbor Historical Society ME B B B B B
Barnes-Deinzer Seneca County Museum Foundation, Inc. OH
Basque Museum & Cultural Center ID B B B
Bastrop County Historical Society TX
Bay-Lakes Council Scout Museum, BSA WI G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G
Bayshore Center at Bivalve NJ B B B B
Beatty Museum and Historical Society NV
Beaumont Heritage Society TX
Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum MO B
Beloit Historical Society WI
Belton Area Museum Association SC
Beltrami County Historical Society MN
The Benjamin and Dr. Edgar R Cofeld Judaic Museum at Temple Beth Zion NY
Bent County Historical Society CO B
Benzi Area Historical Society MI
Berman Museum AL B,S B B B,S B, S
Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan MI S
Bethel Center MD
Big Sur Historical Society CA
Bishop Baraga Association MI G G
Black Diamond Historical Society WA G G G G
Black Heritage Society of Washington State, Inc. WA B B B
Black History Museum of Warren County Tennessee TN
Bluegrass Railroad Museum KY
Blue Slope Country Museum, Inc. CT S B B B B B
Bosque Museum TX B,S,G B,S,G B,S,G B,S,G B,S,G
Boulder City Hoover Dam Museum NV B,S,G B,S B,S B,S B,S B, S
Boulder County Parks and Open Space CO B S B
Brethren Church Archives OH
Brigham City Museum of Art & History UT B B B B B
Brighton City Museum CO B
Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum CO S S B S S
Buffalo Gap Historical Village TX B
Buffalo Grove Park District IL B
The Burlesque Hall of Fame NV S S B
Bush House Museum OR
Butler County Historical Society OH B, S B B B B B
Canton Historical Society CT B
Cache Pioneer Museum UT B B B, S B, S B, S B
Cahoon Museum of American Art MA
Caldwell Fine Arts ID
Camden County Historical Society NJ S, G G S S G B, S, G
Camron Stanford House Museum CA
Carlton County Historical Society MN
Carnegie Historical Museum IA
Cass County Historical Society NE B B
Cavanaugh Flight Museum TX
Cedar County Historical Society IA
Cedar Lake Historical Association IN
Center for the History of Family Medicine KS G G G G  G G
Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College CO
Center for Arkansas History & Culture AR
CH Booth Library CT
Chagrin Falls Historical Society OH B B
Champaign County Historical Society OH
Charlotte Museum of History NC
Cheboygan County History Center MI B
Chelmsford Historical Society MA
Chemung County Historical Society NY
Cheshire Historical Society CT B B, S B
Cheyenne Depot Museum WY
Cincinnati Observatory Center OH
City of Bowie Museums MD
City of Brighton CO B B,S B,S B,S B
City of Forth Worth – Log Cabin Village TX
City of Greeley Museums CO S
City of Miami Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum FL B B B B B B
City of Toronto ON G
City of Trenton, Historical Commission MI
Clemson Area African American Museum SC
Clemson University Historic Properties SC B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G
The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum OH B, S B, S, G B, S, G B, S B,S B, S
Cleveland Grays Armory Museum OH B, S B, S
Codington County Heritage Museum SD B B B
Codington County Historical Society SD B S S
Colchester Historical Society CT B S B  B B
Collier Museum at Government Center FL
Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Roxborough State Park CO
Company of Fifers & Drummers CT B B B B B B
Conejo Valley Historical Society CA
Connecticut Humanities CT
Connecticut Valley Tobacco Historical Society, Inc. CT B B B
Cookeville History Museum TN S B B B
Cornwall Historical Society CT G S S S
Coronado Historical Association CA
The Country Doctor Museum NC G S
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation SD B B B B B
Dakotaland Museum SD
Danbury Railway Museum CT G
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center IL
Darnall’s Chance House Museum MD G B
Davies Manor Association TN
Daviess County Public Library Kentucky Room KY B
Deep River Historical Society CT S S B S S S
Delaware County Historical Society OH S B
DeKalb County History Center IL S
Delhi Historical Society OH B B
The Denison Society and Homestead Museum CT S B B
Dennison Railroad Depot Museum OH G B, S, G G B, S, G B, S, G G
Des Moines Historical Society WA B
Dickinson County Historical Society IA B B B B B B
Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs (Delaware) DE G G G G G G
Dr. Pepper Museum TX B B
Dorchester Academy Museum FL
Dorothy Molter Museum MN
Douglas County Historic Preservation CO G
Douglas County History Repository CO S S G S
Douglas County Libraries Archives & Local History CO B,S,G B,S,G B,S,G B,S,G B
Downers Grove Museum IL
Dudley Farm Museum CT B S B B B B
Dunkerton Historical and Tourism Association IA
DuPage County Historical Museum IL B, S
Durham Parks and Recreation NC
East Tennessee Historical Society TN
Eastern Museum of Motor Racing PA
Eastside Heritage Center WA G G G S G
Edina Historical Society MN B
Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association IL B B B B B
Elgin History Museum IL S S S S S S
Ellwood House Museum IL
Enfield Shaker Museum NH
Ephraim Historical Foundation WI
Essex Historical Society CT B B B B B B
Evansville African American Museum IN G S G S B S
Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society MN
Fairfield County Heritage Association OH B B
Fall City Historical Society WA S
Farmers Branch Historical Park TX S, G S G S B
Farmington Historical Society CT B  B B B B B
Fenton Historical Society MI
Field House Museum MO
Finland MN Historical Society MN B
Firefighters Hall & Museum MN B B B B
Firelands Historical Society and Museum OH
Fond du Lac County Historical Society WI B B
Forest Home Farms Historic Park CA B
Fort Douglas Military Museum UT B B B B B B
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum WA B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G
Fort Worth Aviation Museum TX B, G  S  B, G  B
Frances Perkins Center ME
Frances Willard House Museum IL S
Francisco Fort Museum CO
Friends of Cassidy Park Museums LA B
Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead PA B B
Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House OH B,S S
Friends of the Tubac Presidio and Museum AZ
Gammelgarden Museum of Scandia MN
Garland County Historical Society AR
Geary County Historical Society and Museums KS B B
General Lew Wallace Study and Museum IN B B
Genesee Country Village NY
Geneva History Museum IL B S G B B
Geneva Lake Museum WI S G G S
Gen. John A. Logan Museum IL B B
Georgia Writers Museum GA
Gillespie County Historical Society/Pioneer Museum TX B B B
Golden Valley Historical Society MN
Grand Army Memorial Museum MA
The Grand Army of the Republic Military Museum IL B B B
Granite Falls Historical Society WA B
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum MI
Grassmere Historic Farm, Nashville Zoo TN B B
The Great Bend Museum WV
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center TN
Great Plains Black History Museum NE
Greater Cape May Historical Society NJ B
Greater Kent Historical Society WA B B B
Greene County Archives and Records Center MO
Greeneville-Greene County History Museum TN B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G
The Griot Museum of Black History MO B B, S B, S B
Grosse Pointe Historical Society MI
Groton Public Library CT B S  B  B  B  B
Guilford Keeping Society CT B S B B  B
Haddam Historical Society CT S B B S S
Hampton Historical Society Tuck Museum NH G G G
Hanford Mills Museum NY  B  B
Harbor History Museum WA B  B B B B B
Harriet Beecher Stowe House OH S S
Harwinton Historical Society CT S S S S S S
Hassan Area Historical Society MN S
Havana History and Heritage Society FL B,S B,S B,S B B B,S
HEARTS Veterans Museum TX  B B B  B
Henry F Hauser Museum AZ
Herret Center for Arts and Sciences ID
Hieronymus Mueller Museum IL
High Plains Historical Society NE
High Point Museum NC
Hingham Historical Society MA
Historic Castalian Springs TN
Historic Cold Spring Village NJ B B B B B B
Historic House Director, Louisiana Landmarks Society LA B B, G
Historic Larimer County CO
Historic Mansker’s Station TN B
Historic Mesquite, Inc. TX G S G G G G
Historic Oakland Foundation GA
Historic Palmyra NY G
Historic Rock Castle TN B B
Historic Russellville, Inc. KY
Historic Saint Luke’s Church and Museum VA
Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation TN S B B B
Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County PA
The Historical Cherryvale Museum, Inc. KS B B B
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County MN S S S G G G
Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township NJ B B
Historical Society of Cheboygan MI S
Historical Society of Palm Desert CA S
History Center of Cheboygan County MI B
History Colorado CO
The History Museum of Hood River County OR
Hiwan Museum Jefferson County Open Space CO
Howard County Historical Society IN B, S B B
Hoyt Sherman Place IA B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G
Humphrey History Park and Museum CO G
Hyrum City Museum UT B, S, G B B, S B B B
Indiana Historical Bureau/Indiana State Library IN
Indiana State Library IN
InfoAge Science History Center NJ  B  B  B
Institute for American Indian Studies CT G G G
Iowa Museum Association IA B, S, G
Jack Jouett House Historic Site KY B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G
Jackson County Historical Society MO B B B B B B
James J. Fiorentino Foundation MN
James-Lorah Memorial Home PA
Jefferson County Open Space CO
Jekyll Island Museum GA B B B B B
Johnston Historical Society IA B, S, G S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, 
Joilet Area Historical Museum IL
Kent Historical Society CT B B B B
Kent-Delord House Museum NY B B S G B
Kentucky Historical Society KY
Kinney Pioneer Museum & Historical Society IA
Kittitas County Historical Museum WA B
Knox Heritage, Inc TN
Lacey Historical Society NJ S, G S, G S B, G
La Crosse County Historical Society WI
LaCrosse Community Pride WA
Lafayette Miners Museum CO B B
Lake Bluff History Museum IL
Lake Stevens Historical Society WA
Lanesboro Historical Preservation Association MN B
Laurel Historical Society DE
Lawrence Historical Society NJ
Lebanon Historical Society CT G S S G
Leonis Adobe Museum CA B B
Liberty Bell Museum PA B S
Ligonier Valley Historical Society PA
Lillian E. Jones Museum OH S B, S S
The Lincoln Museum, Inc. KY
Little Traverse Historical Society MI
Little White School Museum IL B B B
Lombard Historical Society IL
Long Beach Island Historical Association NJ B
Long Island Museum NY
Lorain County Historical Society OH
Lorain Historical Society OH B,G B,S,G B,S B B, S B, G
Lousiville Historical Museum CO
Lucasville Area Historical Society OH
Luzerne County Historical Society PA B, S B B B, S B, S
Madison Historical Society CT B G B
Manitowoc County Historical Society WI B, G S, G  G S, G B, G B, G
Manoa Heritage Center HI
Mansfield Historical Museum TX
Maple Valley Historical Society WA B B S
Maplewood Area Historical Society MN  S  B  B  B  S B
Marion Voices Folklife & Oral History OH
Maritime Museum of Sandusky OH
Marlboro County Historical Museum SC  B  B B B
Maxine and Jesse Whitney Museum/PWSCC AK S B
McCreary County Museum KY
McHenry County Historical Society and Museum IL B B B
McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center PA B
McLeod County Historical Society MN B G B B
McMinn County Living Heritage Museum TN B B B
Mercer County Public Library KY
Miami Design Preservation League FL
Michigan Street African American Heritage Center NY
Michilimackinac Historical Society MI
Milan Historical Museum MI G G G
Military Aviation Museum VA
Military Historical Society of Minnesota, Inc. MN  B
Milwaukee County War Memorial, Inc. WI
Mineral King Preservation Society CA
Moab Museum UT
Molly Brown House museum CO B, S B, S B B, S B, S B, S
Monadnock Center for History and Culture NH
Monroe County Historical Society Museum IN
Monroe County Local History Room and Museum WI
Montana Masonic Foundation MT B
Montclair Historical Society NJ S S
Montgomery County Historical Society KY B B B B B B
Morgan County Genealogical & Historical Society/Heritage Museum TN B B B
Morgan Manning House – WMHS NY
Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage SC
Morrison Natural History Museum CO G
Muson Museum of Art NY
Murray City Museum UT B B B B B
Murray County Museums MN
Museum of African American History MA
The Museum of Newport Irish History RI
Museum of Northwest Colorado CO
Museum of Old Newbury MA
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley CA
Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County KY
Nahant Historical Society MA B B B
Nampa Public Library ID
NASW Aviation Museum NJ
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center OH S
National Cambridge Collectors, Inc. OH G G
National Frontier Trails Museum MO B  B
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution KY  B
National Womens Hall of Fame NY
Naugatuck Historical Society CT B, S S B, S, G B, S, G
The Navigators CO
Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, Inc. NJ B, S, G S, G S, G B, S, G S, G S, G
New Britain Industrial Museum CT B
New England Air Museum CT
New London Public Museum WI G S S S B S
New Mexico Holocaust Museum NM
Newnan Coweta Historical Society GA G S S
Newport News Historic Sites – Lee Hall Mansion VA
North Carolina Museum of Dolls, Toys, & Miniatures NC
North Central Nevada Historical Society/Humboldt Museum NV
Northwest Branch Jefferson County Library MO
Northwest African American Museum WA
Norwalk Historical Society CT B B S G B
Oaklands Mansion TN B B B
Oberlin Heritage Center OH G S B B
Ocean County Historical Society NJ G G G G G G
O’Fallon Historical Society MO B
Ogden Union Station Museum VT B B B B B B
Ohio History Connection OH
Ohio History Service Corps OH
Okeene Historic Preservation Group OK
Oklahoma Railway Museum OK
Old Saybrook Historical Society CT B G B B
Old St. Ferdinand Shrine MO
Old Woodbury Historical Society CT B B B B
Onaway Area Historical Museum MI
Oregon Trail Center ID
Otero College CO
Oviatt House, Inc OH
Palacios Area Historical Association TX
Park-McCullough Historic Governor’s Mansion VT
Park County Heritage CO G
The Parthenon TN
PBY Memorial Foundation WA B B B
Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College OH B
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission PA
Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum FL G S G
Pick Museum of Anthropology IL
Pierce County Historical Association WI B
Pioneer Bluffs Foundation KS B B B B B B
Pioneer Museum Fredericksburg TX B B  B
Plainfield Public Library — Local History Department NJ G G G
Planes of Fame Air Museum CA B
Plymouth Antiquarian Society MA
Pope County Historical Society MN
Preservation Long Island NY
Prince William County Historic Preservation Division VA G G B S S G
Promise Land Heritage Association TN
Prospect House Museum MN S B
Quaker Heritage Center OH  B  B
Raupp Museum IL
Ravalli County Museum MT
Reading Company Technical and Historical Society PA
Redmond Historical Society WA B, S B, S  B  B, S
Reeves Museum/Dover Historical Society OH
Resurrection Bay Historical Society AK B B S
Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center WI
The Richland County Historical Society OH  B
Riley County Historical Society and Museum KS
Rio Grande County Museum CO B
Roanoke Visitor Center and Museum TX
Robert H. Jackson Center NY
Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History MT  B  B
Roebling Museum NJ B B S B B
Rowan Museum, Inc. NC G G G G G G
Roxborough State Park CO S
Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center CO
The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum WV S G
Sackets Harbor Battlefield NY
Saint Charles County Historical Society MO B B, S B B B B
St Johnsbury History and Heritage Center VT
St. Lucas Historical Society IA
St Luke’s Historic Church and Museum VA
The Salisbury Association CT B B
The Salvation Army Central Territory Museum IL
San Jacinto Museum of History TX B
San Juan Preservation Trust WA
San Lorenzo Valley Historical Society CA
Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum MI B
Santa Barbara Mission Archive- Library CA
Sauder Village OH
Schroeder Area Historical Society MN  B B B  B  B
Scott County Heritage Center and Museum IN
Sewickley Valley Historical Society PA
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill KY
Sharon Historical Society CT B B
Shasta Historical Society CA B B B B B B
Shawnee County Parks and Recreation KS
Shelton Historical Society, Inc CT B B B  S  S  B
Sherman Historical Society & Museum CT S S S
Silver Valley Economic Development Corp ID
Skä•noñh Great Law of Peace Center NY
Slater Area Historical Association IA
Smith-Harris House CT B  B B  B
Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum WA
Society of the Founders of Norwich CT  B B S S B B
Somerset Historical Society, Inc. MA
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Historical Society OH B B B
Southbury Historical Society CT G S S B S
Southeast Ohio History Center OH B, S, G G G
Southern Museum of Flight AL
Sparta Historical Society, Inc./Van Kirk Museum NJ
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum at Lamar University TX
Spring Grove Area Historical Preservation Society PA B B B B B B
Springfield Art Association IL B. S. G
State Forest State Park CO B,S,G B,S,G B,S,G B,S,G B,S,G B,S,G
Stanton-Davis Homestead Museum CT B
Steele County Historical Society MN G G S S G
Stemtown Historical Society OH
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms NJ  B  S  S  B  B  B
Stockbridge Library Museum & Archives MA
Stonington Historical Society CT  S S  S  S  S  S
Strasburg Heritage Society PA
Studebaker National Museum IN
Sullivan Museum & History Center VT
Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association PA
Sutliff Museum OH B  B B
Sycamore History Museum IL  S
Tampa Bay History Center FL G G G G  x G
Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum TX S B B B  B
Tennessee Agricultural Museum TN  B  S  S  S
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum TN
Texas Cotton Gin Museums TX B B
Texas Historical Commission TX
Texas State Library & Archives Commission TX
Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum OH
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum OR
Tomah County Historical Society WI
Tonawanda Kenmore Historical Society & Museum NY
Tooele Valley Museum UT
Topaz Museum UT
Torrington Historical Society CT B S B
Totoket Historical Society CT B B B B B
The Tower Heritage Center WI B B B B
Traer Historical Museum IA B B
Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum TN B S
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum NJ S G S S S  S
Twin City Model Railroad Museum (TCMRM) MN
Two-Headed Goat NM
Uintah County Regional History Center UT B, S B B, S B, S
Underground Railroad Education Center NY
Union County Historical Society PA B, S, G B, S B B B, S
Union Pacific Railroad Museum IA
United States Lighthouse Society WA
University of Arizona/School of Information AZ
Utah Division of Arts and Museums UT
Utah Humanities UT
Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association WA B B B
Venice Archives and Area Historical Collection FL B S B S G G
Verde Valley Archaeology Center AZ B
Vernon County Historical Society WI
Victor Lowell Thomas Museum CO B B B B,S B B
Villa Finale: Museum and Gardens TX
Village of Addison IL B B B B B B
Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey NJ B B
Wabash County Museum IL
Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust CT B B S, G B, S, G B
Wanda Gag House Association MN S S S B S S
War Memorial Center WI
Warren Heritage Center OH
Warren Historical Society CT B B S B
Warrenville Historical Society IL B B
Washington County Historical Society WI B B S B
Wentzville Community Historical Society MO B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S S B, S
West Bonner Library District ID
The West End Museum, Inc. MA
The West Point, Kentucky History Museum KY B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G B, S, G
West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center TN
Western Colorado University CO S
Westport Historical Society CT B B B
White County Historical Society IL G G G G G G
Whitesbog Preservation Trust NJ G
Wilmington College OH B B
Williamson County Archives TN
Wilson Heritage Museum KS B
Windham Textile and History Museum CT S S S S B B
Windsor Historical Society CA
Wintonbury Historical Society, Inc. CT S S B B B B
Wolf Creek Heritage Museum TX B
Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology IL B, S, G B,S B,S B,S B,S
Wood Memorial Library and Museum CT B S S
Woodford County Heritage Commission KY
Wray Museum CO S
Wright County Historical Society MN
Wright Museum of WWII NH B, S G G G G
YMCA of the Rockies – Lula W. Dorsey Museum CO