Call for AAAM Volunteers! AASLH Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations

14 Nov 2017 10:57 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)


American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is launching a project to enhance our Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) and is looking for 45-50 volunteers.

AASLH currently has 960 museums, historic sites, and related organizations across the country using the StEPs program to assess their policies and practices and work incrementally towards meeting national standards, and improve engagement with and service to their visitors and communities. After eight years, however, the program needs updating.  Phase one of the project focuses on updating the StEPs Workbook, namely the priority topics listed below.

AAAM members who are interested in volunteering for the project are encouraged to complete the volunteer interest form at

Or contact Cherie Cook, AASLH Senior Program Manager, directly at or (573) 893-5164.

Teams of volunteers will identify performance indicators and best practices for each of the above topics. The commitment is approximately two years with most work done by email and phone. AASLH hopes to bring the teams together in spring 2018 for an in-person meeting (some travel funding available); teams will also meet during the 2018 AASLH Annual Meeting in Kansas City.

PRIORITY TOPICS to be addressed:

1.     Impact, Engagement and Relevance

      a.    advocacy

       b.    current issues (e.g., deaccessioning)

       c.     social media, new technologies

2.     Creativity and Experimentation

3.     Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

4.     Fundraising (including museum stores)

5.     Digital Collections

6.     Environmental Sustainability

7.     Finance, Transparency and Fraud Prevention

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