Upcoming Free Webinars for Historic Sites

The American Association for State and Local History is offering three free webinars that will particularly interest historic sites:  storytelling, interpretive planning, and engaging new audiences.  Thanks to an IMLS 21st Century Museum Professionals grant, webinar participation is free and open to staff, volunteers, board members of history organizations and anyone else interested in learning more about visitor engagement.  You can register for one, two, or all three!

Telling a Good Story

  • November 17, 2011
  • 2-3:15 pm Eastern
  • A good guided tour is a good story, told well, says guest speaker Linda Norris. Join us to explore telling stories to create more meaningful tours and to connect with visitors who arrive at your site with many different interests.  Linda writes the Uncatalogued Museum blog–it’s a scary title for a museum professional (I had to face one of those once!), but it’s one of the blogs I regularly watch.

Creating Historic House Interpretive Plans that Connect

  • December 8, 2011
  • 2-3:15 pm Eastern
  • Interpretive plans that connect with your visitors and their lives are the keystone for a positive visitor experience. Guest speaker Nancy Bryk will show participants how research is an integral part of the interpretive planning process.  Nancy is an outstanding historian and curator, but she’s an even better historic site interpreter.

Redefining Audiences

  • January 27, 2012
  • 2-3:15 pm Eastern
  • Who are our current audiences and how can we engage new ones? Looking at the most recent U.S. Census, Susie Wilkening will discuss demographic change and the valuable ways in which history organizations can use census data.  Susie is part of Reach Advisors, the group that’s conducting and sharing some of the leading visitor research on museums.

Participation is free but advance registration is required.  For more information or to register by phone or mail, contact Terry Jackson, Program Associate, at 615-320-3203 or by email to jackson@aaslh.org.

This webinar content is aligned with StEPs standards and performance indicators. StEPs is the only national standards program designed specifically for history organizations. StEPs enrollment is easy – no application, no eligibility requirements, and no deadline for completion!