About AASLH Programs

AASLH runs a number of programs that support our members’ practice of history.

Our key programs are Continuing Education–including the Small Museums Pro! certificate–program Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs), Visitors Count!, and the AASLH Leadership in History Awards.

Browse the list below to see which programs can help you and/or your history organization.

Continuing Education

Throughout the year, AASLH offers a full program of webinars, online courses, and workshops for history practitioners of all levels.

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Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs)

StEPs is AASLH’s self-study assessment program designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, the 900+ organizations enrolled in StEPS review their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against national museum standards.

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Visitors Count!

Visitors Count! is AASLH’s visitor research program for mid- to large-sized museums and historic sites. Participants in the program work with AASLH to develop a customized survey and a plan for collecting replies. Then, an expert analyzes the data, and creates a detailed report with benchmarking against similar museums and recommendations for action

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AASLH Leadership in History Awards

AASLH bestows Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Awards serve as an inspiration to others in the field. Organizations of all sizes are encouraged to apply and self-nominate. The annual submission deadline is March 1. Winners are recognized at a special Awards Banquet during the AASLH Annual Meeting each Fall.

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