American Association for State and Local History

Caring for Museum Collections is part of the American Association for State and Local History's Small Museum Pro! Certificate program. This eight week course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management.

AASLH Basics of Archives Course will run from January 27 - March 1. To register go to the American Association for State and Local History website.

AASLH Introduction to Financial Management course will run from March 2 - March 29. To register go to the American Association for State and Local History website.

Join us for the four week online course Financial Structures and Strategy.


Leadership and Administration in History Organizations is part of the American Association for State and Local History's Small Museum Pro! Certificate program. This course proposes that museum administration and leadership matter, regardless of the size or focus of your organization. Topics include governance and administrative structure, nonprofit status, mission and vision, board and staff responsibilities, the relationship between board and staff, strategic planning, human resource management, and leadership.

This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects.

Museum Education and Outreach is part of the American Association for State and Local History's Small Museum Pro! Certificate program. At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are engaging, dynamic places of education. This course is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums.

Leadership and Administration in History Organizations is part of the American Association for State and Local History's Small Museum Pro! Certificate program. This course proposes that museum administration and leadership matter, regardless of the size or focus of your organization. Topics include governance and administrative structure, nonprofit status, mission and vision, board and staff responsibilities, the relationship between board and staff, strategic planning, human resource management, and leadership.

Developing Exhibitions: Planning 1 is part of the American Association for State and Local History's Small Museum Pro Certificate program. This is an online class about how to put together an exhibition, from deciding what it will be about and why, to gathering, creating and arranging all the elements for visitors.  You’ll learn a lot from your classmates – from their own experiences and from the resources that they share with all of us.  And you’ll learn the best way: by doing – you will develop an actual exhibit over the course of the class.


Students will develop an understanding of current issues within exhibit development and create original planning material for a potential exhibit at participants’ institution (or other selected venue). Drawing upon their professional and educational experiences, course participants will examine their own perspectives on exhibition development and strengthen their role within its practice.

Whether participants come to the course with an imaginary exhibit in mind, or with the intention to develop an actual exhibit, this course will guide them through the process, providing encouragement and guidance along the way and a chance to exchange ideas and experiences. Educational support is provided by the course instructor, the participants’ professional colleagues in the course and in their institution, and visiting professionals who may join our online chats.