What is SHA?

Developing History Leaders @SHA is the best professional development opportunity for leaders of history organizations of all types and sizes. Since 1959, it has provided history professionals the tools, ideas, and connections that allow them to become effective leaders and managers of museums, archives, historical societies, preservation organizations, historic sites, and heritage areas. Graduates hold executive positions at such prestigious institutions as the American Alliance of Museums, Banneker-Douglass Museum, Calumet Heritage Partnership, Senator John Heinz History Center, Henry Ford, Historic Alexandria, Minnesota Historical Society, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Nebraska Historical Society, Ohio History Connection, Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission, President Lincoln’s Cottage, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

Class of 2016 visits dinosaurs at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Class of 2016 visits dinosaurs at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Developing History Leaders @SHA is an opportunity like no other.

SHA combines depth with breadth. Over three weeks, participants dive deep into a broad range of current and future issues facing the history and museum field led by nationally recognized leaders such as Norman Burns (Conner Prairie), Coleen Dilenschneider (Impacts and “Know Your Own Bone” blog), Conny Graft (Conny Graft Research), Tim Grove (Smithsonian Air and Space Museum), Julie Johnson (J2R2 Leadership and Change Associates), Trevor Jones (Nebraska Historical Society), Sarah Pharaon (International Coalition of Sites of Conscience), Larry Yerdon (Strawbery Banke Museum), and David Young (Cliveden).

SHA establishes a collegial environment that brings together leaders at all levels to explore the relevance of history, public attitudes towards museums and historic sites, historical interpretation, managing nonprofit organizations, strategic thinking, managing change, financial sustainability, board relationships, engaging the local community, and measuring success.

SHA is an immersive learning experience that combines theory and practice through presentations, facilitated discussions, case studies, provocative readings, interactive workshops, and field trips to a variety of local places that effectively use history, including the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Conner Prairie, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana Historical Society, and Indiana Medical History Museum.

To participate in SHA

SHA participants are in a position of responsibility at their organization or are preparing for such a position; a minimum of three years of challenging work experience in the history field is required. Developing History Leaders @SHA occurs once a year, during the three weeks prior to Thanksgiving in Indianapolis, Indiana. Click here to see an example of the current curriculum.

Applications for the Class of 2017 (October 28-November 17) are due May 15, 2017: How to Apply.

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