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American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) 2009 Online Conference

To address the need of tighter budgets and limited travel, you are invited to participate in the first-ever Online AASLH Conference. Sessions have been hand-picked by the AASLH Annual Meeting Program Committee and are considered to be among some of the best at the 2009 AASLH Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.
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To address the need of tighter budgets and limited travel, you're invited to participate in the first-ever Online AASLH Conference! This is your chance to get a condensed version of the AASLH and AIM Annual Meeting experience without the travel cost! Sessions have been hand-picked by the AASLH Annual Meeting Program Committee and are considered to be among some of the best at this year's AASLH Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. 

Schedule of Online Sessions
(Eastern time)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

10:30am-11:00 am
Welcome and Orientation
A brief orientation session will take place at the beginning of Day 1. This session will outline the ways in which you may participate and interact with the session presenter and other online viewers.

11:00 am-12:15 pm 
Thinking Outside the Museum Walls: A New, and Possibly Old Approach to Local History: For years, museums have been seen as the way to preserve and present history. Unfortunately, this led to an over abundance of museums competing for limited resources. There are numerous ways to connect to communities that don’t require museums. This session focuses on alternative ways to think about presenting history. Laura Casey (Chair), Texas Historical Commission

1:00 pm-2:15 pm
The Object and Not-Object: Exploring Differences in Viewing: How can we reposition artifacts and exhibits to foster personal connections with visitors? What happens when visitors engage with digital representations of artifacts through FLickr, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Facebook? We’ll discuss how these new media tools inspire visitors to engage directly with objects and express this interaction as social experiences. Janna Bennett (Chair), Children's Museum of Indianapolis

3:00 pm-4:15 pm 
Are They Being Served? Cultural Consumer Survey: Are our visitors happy with their museum experiences? What do they do in their leisure time? Why do they financially support museums? The Connecticut Humanities Council, Connecticut Landmarks, and Reach Advisors surveyed 4,500 Connecticut cultural consumers. From community engagement to restroom maintenance to guided tours, find out what our visitors really want through survey results applicable to history museums nationwide. Scott Wands (Chair), Connecticut Humanities Council

4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Happy Hour
Join members of the AASLH Annual Meeting Team for an informal "virtual happy hour;" an informal open forum where you can discuss the day's highlights, unwind, reflect on the things learned and meet new colleagues. Enjoy!

 
Keynote Speaker: Harold Holzer
(Pre-recorded) 
In the heart of Lincoln country during his bicentennial years, hear from one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture in the Civil War era, Harold Holzer.

Friday, August 28, 2009

10:30 am-11:00 am
Welcome and Orientation

11:00 am-12:15 pm 
Is Less More? Evaluating Management Systems at Historic Sites: Environmental management projects in four National Trust historic sites have demonstrated the inherent conflicts of installing HVAC systems in precious buildings not built to function as museums. We will review the various problems and discuss the different innovative suggestions for rethinking our approach to climate management systems at each site. Barbara Campagna (Chair), National Trust for Historical Preservation

1:00 pm-2:15 pm 
Everything Old is New Again-Fresh Approaches to Interpretation and Exhibition of Special Collections and Archives: Library, museum, and historical society staff can develop meaningful constituent connections through the use of special collections and archives. Through increased access, user-centered design, and innovative interpretation and exhibitions, new approaches to special collections encourage collaboration and active engagement with visitors and broaden possibilities for institutions as cultural entrepreneurs. Trina Nelson Thomas (Chair), Indiana Historical Society

3:00 pm-4:15 pm
Managing Your Museum Through Hard Times: The museum field is facing the toughest period in forty years, and a watershed for many institutions. It is critical that directors and senior staff rethink their organization, operation and goals creatively yet with discipline. This session offers strategies and tools that have worked successfully in downturns and restructuring museums. Tom Costello (Chair), Cultural Resources Management Group

4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Happy Hour 
Join members of the AASLH Annual Meeting Team for an informal "virtual happy hour;" an informal open forum where you can discuss the day's highlights, unwind, reflect on the things learned and meet new colleagues. Enjoy!

 
Plenary Speaker: Mike Wallace
(Pre-recorded)
This featured speaker is the coauthor of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Gotham: A History of
New York City to 1898. Mike Wallace is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New. York).

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