Workshops for History Museums and Historic Sites

The American Association for State and Local History unveiled an assortment of workshops for spring (there’s one in every time zone!):

Project Management for History Professionals
Dates: March 7 – 8
Location: History Colorado, Denver, CO
Instructor: Dr. Steven Hoskins, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN
Cost: $475 members / $550 nonmembers
$40 discount if payment is received by January 31 (coming up next week!)

This unique two-day workshop improves how history museums operate and serve their community by teaching the fundamentals of project management to history professionals. Everyday work—exhibitions, programming, fundraising, special events, outreach, and collections care—benefit from the knowledge gained. Registration for the onsite workshop also includes access to an online course with related material.

From Children to Adults: Public Programming at History Organizations
Dates: March 14 – 15
Location: Homestead Museum, City of Industry, CA
Instructors: Tim Grove, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Alexandra Rasic, Homestead Museum, City of Industry, CA
Cost: $270 members / $345 nonmembers
$40 discount if payment is received by February 7

This workshop provides a broad overview of education and public programming focusing on active learning at different kinds of history organizations. Seasoned instructors will facilitate discussion of key themes and case studies and provide practical examples, ready-to-use forms, and checklists that participants can take back to their organizations and use.

Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students
Dates: April 18 – 19
Location: The Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Instructors: Stacia Kuceyeski, The Creative Learning Factory at the Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH; Megan Wood, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH
Cost: $270 members / $345 nonmembers
$40 discount if payment is received by March 14

Through a combination of presentations, discussions, hands-on activities, and take-home materials, this workshop addresses the various elements of museum education and program planning needed to create an engaging, educational, and successful program with a focus on collections-based programming. Topics include learning styles, presentation strategies, audience types, planning strategies and program assessment, using research, training staff, and crafting programming that is meaningful to the education community. Presented in partnership with The Creative Learning Factory at the Ohio Historical Society.

Historic House Museum Issues and Operations
Dates: April 25 – 26
Location: Oaklands Historic House Museum, Murfreesboro, TN
Instructors: George McDaniel, Drayton Hall, Charleston, SC; Max van Balgooy, Engaging Places, LLC, Rockville, MD (if this blog isn’t enough, you’ll get me for two whole days!)
Cost: $270 members / $345 nonmembers
$40 discount if payment is received by March 21

This workshop focuses on the unique needs, management, and interpretation of historic houses. With a focus on historic house museums, topics covered include collections care, types of research appropriate for historic house museums, exhibition development, interpretive tours, volunteers, and building and landscape maintenance.

For more details and to see what else is coming up onsite and online, visit the workshop page at

3 thoughts on “Workshops for History Museums and Historic Sites

  1. Karen Jessup

    Hi, Max,

    How would I go about letting AASLH know that I’m interested in being considered as a leader for some of their workshops? Who is the contact person for these? I notice the offering on project management. That’s one of the things I too have been doing for cultural institutions, particularly historic sites, along with a number of other sorts of services.

    Cheers, Karen J


    1. Max van Balgooy Post author

      Hi Karen! You’ll want to speak to Bethany Hawkins, who manages the workshops at AASLH, at I know they offer workshops throughout the year online and in person, including at the annual meeting, and she can tell you more about the selection process for the instructors. Max


  2. Karen Jessup

    Hi, Max,

    If you are ever aware of a search for workshop participants on project management for historic sites, please keep me in mind. I have a good deal of experience in this area of consulting. Thanks, Karen Jessup


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