Big Ideas for Small Museums Coming Soon

Small museums often don’t have time to root around for resources that will help them in their work. The Small Museums Committee of the American Association for State and Local History has been working on a ginormous resource list with assistance of small museum people all over the United States. The Committee, on which I am a member, has also been deciding how best to get information about these resources out to small museums. One of those outlets, a quarterly email,  will be available shortly. Below is the press release concerning the quarterly email with information on how you can subscribe.

– Mary


Big Ideas for Small Museums is a quarterly e-mail just for people who work in small
museum. The Small Museums Committee of the American Association for State and Local
History (AASLH-SMC) intends this new communication to share resources that are
pre-tested approved by actual small museum professionals. The articles will be
brief and practical – giving you the shortcuts you need when you don’t have enough
time, money or people. (And what small museum does?)

To receive this resource, you’ll need to join the AASLH Small Museum Affinity Group.
The Affinity Group is not a membership organization and there is no fee to join. You
will need to create a username and password and share your basic contact information
– but this will only take you two minutes. Go to and click on the “join the Small Museums Affinity Group” link at the top of the page. And while you’re there, you might check out the other resources offered by the Small Museums
Committee, including…

* AASLH-SMC’s definition of a small museum
* Small Museums Needs Assessments Executive Summary
* 2009 Small Museum Luncheon Keynote Address by Marsha Semmel, IMLS

The first Big Ideas for Small Museums will appear in your inbox in September, but
join today to ensure you don’t miss a thing!

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