American Association for State and Local History annual conference in Salt Lake City. My last round (for now, perhaps) of working with a great group of field service providers and others on the StEPs curricula will be on Wednesday. Over the last three years, I've really enjoyed getting to know colleagues from states big (Alaska) and small (Connecticut) and hope all those connections continue.
On Thursday, I hope you'll come find Rainey Tisdale and I from 12:00-1:30 in the South Foyer of the convention center. At the meet-up--open to all--we'll be sharing what we've learned so far in our work on museums and creativity and then together, we'll work on a brainstorming an activity designed to help all
of us find new ways to approach one of the core functions of history
museums and historic sites. Also on Thursday, I'm looking forward to learning about Conner Prairie's transformation and the many ways that history museums can use Historypin (I'm a huge fan already!).
Wake up early on Friday morning to make my session called Banish the Boring at 8:30. It's pretty nervy to title a session that, but I'm planning that, all of us working together, can come up with some pretty great ways to make conference sessions--or any other kind of presentations--not boring, but rather, turn them into what my colleague Stuart Chase calls the Three Bs: brisk, bodacious and bold! Need an inspiration? Try Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. Later that day, Rainey's chairing a session with Trevor Jones of the Kentucky Historical Society and me where we hope to engage all of you in a lively conversation about whether museums need objects? What does the 21st century hold for those things in our collections storage? Or for those things in our community and not yet in our museums?
And finally, another morning session on Friday, an expansion from last year's webinar for StEPS--in an informal workshop format, we'll work on telling a good stories--and how those good stories can transform our institutions and our visitors.
As always, I love to meet colleagues and bounce ideas around. If you'll be at AASLH and want to meet for coffee or a quick meal, just let me know!