September 17-20, 2014
St. Paul, Minnesota
Greater than the Sum of Our Parts
Nothing can replace the opportunities that arise when you intersect with people who come together around common goals and interests — good history and good times. In 2014, the AASLH Annual Meeting in St. Paul enables us to explore ways to be “greater than the sum of our parts.”
Minneapolis and St. Paul, the “Twin Cities,” developed to meet different needs. St. Paul grew as the state capital and the port at the head of navigation on the Mississippi, while Minneapolis developed around the industrially powerful and majestic Falls of St. Anthony. Minneapolis and St. Paul complement one another just as so many historical organizations across the country do today. Their historic partnership — and occasional good-natured ribbing — serves as a vibrant example of how strategic networks of complementary efforts benefit everyone.
In the spirit of coming together to grow capacities, AASLH is pleased to welcome the Association of Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (ATALM) to our 2014 meeting. We are excited about the opportunity to learn from one another, forge new relationships, and explore new partnerships. We want to hear how you have capitalized on a successful collaboration or learned from disappointing partnerships. We want to know how you have built strategic networks among peers and with others in your communities to achieve more than what would have been possible individually. And we will look at existing opportunities and upcoming initiatives in the field to maximize resources and demonstrate our collective impact. From the simplest partner program to a highly coordinated advocacy, marketing, or joint-fundraising effort, your organization can recognize and prepare for a big win for history and cultural heritage.
The Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul is cosmopolitan at its heart, and small town throughout. Rather than identical twins, they are a family of cities, towns, neighborhoods, all with their own individual culture, each contributing to a common purpose. The Mississippi, Minnesota, Rum, and St. Croix rivers unite the region, connecting many small cities with authentic main streets and rich, compelling history into a strong network that has created an amazing place to live, work, and make history. It is a place where critically-acclaimed museums, architecture, historic sites, restaurants, and shows mesh with the natural beauty of lakes, rivers, trails, and parks. The region also offers a variety of shopping experiences, from distinctive boutiques to the greatest of all malls — the Mall of America.
Take a paddleboat on the mighty Mississippi and observe “Bdote” considered to be the center of Dakota spirituality. Visit Historic Fort Snelling, one of the state’s 25 national historic landmarks. From Mill City Museum to the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life, the Twin Cities metropolitan area offers something for everyone. Come see why History Matters in Minnesota, and how working together makes it matter even more.
2014 Annual Meeting Sponsors
Leadership in History Awards Banquet Sponsor
Garrison Keillor Keynote Sponsor