AASLH Online Conference

Registration for the 2018 Online Conference will open this summer.

We have expanded the definition of “group” to include those institutions that are part of a regional group, not just those that have many employees and an auditorium. When you sign up as a group, you are no longer limited to a single internet connection and one location to view the conference.

If your organization works with multiple history institutions and you sign up at the multiple log in group rate, you can now forward the link for the Online Conference to those institutions so they can view it from their individual sites, all for one low price.

Participants will have free access to all session handouts, online recordings, and other podcasts for six months after the broadcast through LearningTimes.


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

2017 Online Conference Sessions Now Available for Purchase

Field Services Alliance Tips: Caring for Collections on a Budget

Every museum works within the confines of a budget.  We all know the best practices and what we should do for our organizations, but the question stopping us is usually: How?  Join us for a series of tips and tricks addressing budget-friendly practices for collections care, exhibition, and disaster planning.

Karen DePauw, Coordinator, Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society

Samantha Forsko, Preservation Specialist, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)

Janice Klein, Executive Director, Museum Association of Arizona


Historic Preservation Never Ends: Practical Maintenance for Your Historic Buildings

A historic building expresses the tangible past like few other artifacts can-but needs its own collections care. Learn proper preservation stewardship for your museum: the basics of routine maintenance, working with construction professionals, the guiding ideas of preservation and how to inform stakeholders about the processes and costs involved.

Evelyn Montgomery, Director of Collections, Exhibits and Preservation, Dallas Heritage Village

Ron Siebler, Historic Preservationist

Joshua Torrance


Engaging Programs = Engaging Communities?

History museums and historic sites are always part of a community, but what makes a community want to engage with it? This session will explore three different approaches as well as develop a set of practical steps to help you engage more effectively with your local community.

Max A. van Balgooy, President, Engaging Places LLC

Christian Cotz, Director of Education & Visitor Engagement, Montpelier

Dawn DiPrince, Founder and Leader, Museum of Memory Project

Ken Turino, Adjunct Professor, Tufts University


Innovative Audience Engagement From Outside the Museum Bubble

What techniques and practices from outside the “museum bubble” inspire us to push the boundaries of audience engagement? After reviewing innovative experiences from “non-museum” organizations that meaningfully connect audiences and content, we’ll use creative thinking strategies to brainstorm intersections with museum work and techniques our field might adapt or borrow

Beth Maloney, Director of Interpretation, Baltimore Museum of Industry

Andrea Jones, Educator


Seeking Absent Voices: Inclusion and Relevance; Examples, Tools, and a Conversation

Your institution is missing its full potential. Be motivated to build relationships in your communities and to collect and convey the stories you’re missing. Observe the value of digging deeper. Learn tools for meaningful engagement. And be forewarned of challenges you will face if you open this door.

Steve Boyd-Smith, Manager of Interpretation and Design, 106 Group

Richard Josey

Megan Wood, Director, Museum and Library Services Division, Ohio History Connection


The Art of Saying “No”: Declining Collections Gifts Gracefully                                                                                            

Saying “no” to potential donations is a difficult part of collections work.  Yet, this skill is essential to maintaining relevance and sustainability.  Participants will learn how to say “no” gracefully, why a collections policy is their ally and how to suggest alternative homes for the items.

Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Luzerne County Historical Society

Julia Gray, Director of Collections & Research, Abbe Museum

Jennifer Landry, Director of Museums, City of Irving, TX