Archive for December, 2010

Victorian Christmas Party at the Colcock-Teel House

December 5, 2010

Bluffton Historical Preservation Society is planning a Community Outreach Event Friday December 10th from 6:30-10 pm. Tickets are $50 per person and include a 2011 BHPS membership.  The house will be decorated for viewing. Dinner and dancing will be held in the live oak grove across the street (under a tent with outdoor heaters).

More information: Maureen Richards, Bluffton Historical Preservation Society P.O. Box 742 Bluffton, SC 29910;  843.757.6293 – Heyward House 843.304.2737 – cell; 843.706.2938 – fax;


AASLH Project Management for History

December 1, 2010

This just in:

AASLH announces a free project management training course consisting of 24 hours of onsite workshop training at each of six regional sites plus 11 hours of follow-up live webinar training.   The training qualifies professionals in the history field to sit for the *Project Management Certification Exam* (click here to read more about the examination process) and provides expertise that will benefit participants and their institutions for years to come.

The closest workshop is at the Atlanta History Center in early March. 

The workshops are offered free to selected participants through a generous grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). A $200 travel stipend is awarded to qualified workshop participants when the follow-up webinar training is completed. (Perhaps some o f you have connections in Atlanta for cheap lodging and free food?)

Applications for all workshops will be accepted beginning December 1, 2010 and will continue to be received until all workshop slots are filled. Applications are reviewed as received on a rolling first come/first served basis so it is best to apply early. 

For more information, visit:  Project Management Website found at

AASLH offers StEPs

December 1, 2010

From the AASLH website:

StEPs is the first national standards program designed for small and medium-sized history organizations.

“We could demonstrate that our requests for additional funding in collections care were based on identified needs as defined by the standards, and not pet projects or a whim.”
– Katie Oliver, Kodiak Historical Society, Kodiak, Alaska

 With StEPs, organizations can clearly identify and document strengths and areas needing improvement, and begin taking strategic action.

 No Application
There are no eligibility requirements for organizations wishing to participate in StEPs. Whether your organization is all-volunteer, a staff of one, has multiple departments, recently opened, or has been in existence for decades, you can participate in StEPs and receive the benefits of guided strategic planning and assessment.

No Timeline
Using self-assessment questions, participants rate their policies and practices in six standards sections along three performance levels. Work at your own pace to achieve Basic, Good, and Better levels. Once an organization achieves each level, they will receive a certificate if they are an AASLH institutional member.

No Deadline
Whether your organization is in the StEPs program for two years or ten years, StEPs is a solid, self-study program that helps organizations build sustainability. With enrollment and the one-time fee, the StEPs program is yours for life.

Learn more about StEPs and how it will help your organization or contact Cherie Cook, AASLH Senior Program Manager, for more information.