This year, as in previous years, AKCHO is pleased to provide its members in good standing with a valuable professional development opportunity — free access to the online sessions that are being offered as part of the annual meeting of the American Association for State and Local History.
While the annual meeting is being held in Austin, Texas, from September 6-9, our members can attend many of the sessions in real time from the comfort of their own computers at home or at work.
Here’s the line-up of sessions that are available to you:
Thursday, September 7
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
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
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
Friday, September 8
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
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
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
If you are interested in taking advantage of this benefit personally, or in having your staff or volunteers participate in these sessions, please contact Barbara McMichael at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will forward the login information to you when it becomes available.