About SHA

Quick Facts


Application Deadline
Applications for 2014 are closed. Next applications are due May 18, 2015
(SHA 2014 Application)

Next Seminar
November 1-22, 2014

Cost
$3,000 for Tuition and Lodging (double-occupancy)

Developing History Leaders @SHA (formerly the Seminar for Historical Administration) employs case studies, workshops, forums, and field trips to present and engage the best practices and ideas of history organization leadership and management. For a full description of seminar topics, please see the 2013 SHA Curriculum and Session Descriptions.

Upcoming SHA Dates:
2014: November 1 – November 22
2015: October 31 – November 21
2016: October 29 – November 19

What will SHA do for me?
Nowhere else will the history professional find the breadth and strong grounding in leadership basics in such an efficient package.

  • SHA demystifies the process of becoming a leader through clear, direct, and focused conversation with some of the most gifted professionals in the field, concentrating years’ worth of mentorship into a rich, intensive three weeks.
  • SHA sheds light on the why’s and how-to’s every aspect of leadership in a historical institution with honest and challenging discussions and class sessions, sharing a wealth of new resources (both people and information) which graduates will mine for years to come.

What will SHA do for your staff?
Developing History Leaders @SHA has proven effectiveness as a training program as evidenced by the following quotes from those who have sent staff members to SHA:

“Sending members of your staff to SHA is one of the best investments an institution can make for the future. Over the last several years, the Virginia Historical Society has paid close attention to the issue of senior management succession, including my own retirement. As part that process, we sent three members of our staff to SHA to prepare them for eventual leadership positions in our institution. For that matter, my successor, Dr. Paul Levengood, had been a member of the VHS staff for eight years. Along with his own natural talents, the invaluable information he gained from his participation in SHA enabled him to step right into his new job with the aplomb of a seasoned veteran.” Charles F. Bryan, Jr., President & CEO emeritus, Virginia Historical Society and former SHA faculty member 

Break Out Session“A strategic planning session shortly after my SHA class resulted in a truly changed direction for my section – a direct result of what I had learned at SHA! The seminar has been so worthwhile that my institution has had an attendee/graduate for every year since 2005.” Laura Minzes, Deputy Director of Historic Sites, Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites and SHA Class of 2005

What are past SHA alumni doing now?
SHA alums represent the breadth and scope and diversity of the history profession. Graduates are: Historical Society Presidents and CEOs, Vice Presidents, Historians, Historic Site Directors and Managers, Historic Site and Library Administrators, Museum Directors, Education and Resource Managers, Cultural Center Directors, Outreach Services & Planning Specialists, and more!

Our Host City: Indianapolis
The city of Indianapolis serves as not only SHA’s home base, but also as our campus. The concentration of museums and historic sites are a study collection in themselves, teaching by example, contrast, and content. The Indiana Historical Society, our host, offers modern classroom accommodations and an onsite cafe in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, a state-of-the-art archives and education center. IHS is located in the very popular Indianapolis Canal Cultural District. For more information about IHS or Indianapolis, visit www.indianahistory.org or www.indy.org.

Field Trip to Connor PrairieCost
The registration fee for this one-of-a-kind experience includes training, lodging + tax, and breakfast for approximately $3,000 (partners recommend you budget another $35 per day for meals not provided, cabs, and tips).

For more information, contact Bob Beatty at the American Association for State and Local History at 615-320-3203 or beatty@aaslh.org.

 

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