Seeking applicants for SHA Class of 2012

The field of public history is experiencing rapid and major change, and a new generation of leaders will soon be stepping up to set the course for the future of America’s history organizations.

Do you want to:

  • Play a greater role in your institution and the field?
  • Improve yourself as a leader?
  • Help shape the future of public history?

For over 50 years, the Seminar for Historical Administration has provided an intensive residential professional development experience for history professionals.

Applications for the SHA Class of 2012 are due May 21.

We are seeking leaders at all levels – executive directors, curators, educators, archivists, historians, interpreters, marketing and development professionals, and others – who want to improve their knowledge and skills, who want to become better leaders in their own institutions, and who are ready to be part of the larger network of history leaders around the country.

At the Seminar for Historical Administration (SHA) you will have an opportunity to examine and discuss issues facing the practice of public history with some of the most experienced and knowledgeable leaders in the field.

What SHA Graduates are saying:

“In midcareer, it often seems a mystery how the leaders of the field got from where we are to where they are – how they developed their scope of knowledge about administration, purpose, and the issues of public history. SHA demystifies this process concentrating years’ worth of mentorship into a rich, intensive three weeks. Nowhere else will the midcareer professional find the breadth and strong grounding in leadership basics in such an efficient package.” – Michelle Moon, Class of 2007, Assistant Director of Education for Adult Programs, Peabody Essex Museum

For application information visit

About Bob Beatty

A “history geek” since elementary school, Bob Beatty is Chief of Engagement for the American Association for State & Local History, the only comprehensive national organization dedicated to state and local history, and CEO of The Lyndhurst Group, LLC, a history, museum, and nonprofit consulting firm providing community-focused engagement strategies for institutional planning, organizational assessments, and interpretive direction. Prior to his appointment as Chief of Engagement, Bob served as Chief Operating Officer, Interim President & CEO, and Vice President for Programs, leading AASLH’s professional development program including workshops, an annual meeting, affinity groups and other initiatives, and publications as editor of History News and the AASLH Editorial Board. Bob worked from 1999-2007 as Curator of Education at the Orange County Regional History Center, a $35 million history museum in Orlando, Florida. Here, he established an extremely successful educational outreach program including school field trips, youth and family activities, adult programming, and dozens of community partnerships ranging from Boys and Girls clubs to community affinity groups on African American history. He graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies in 1994 and an M.A. in History in 2002 both from the University of Central Florida and has been an adjunct instructor at the university and community college level. He is currently enrolled in the Public History Ph.D. program at Middle Tennessee State University. His dissertation topic is on the influence of Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band on American music. State and local history is his particular interest as he believes that the discovery of local heritage helps in the building of a strong community. This theory was reinforced by his work at AASLH and the History Center and research for his master’s thesis, “Legacy to the People: Community and the Orange County Regional History Center,” which examined the ideal of community service and in the context of the history of the American museum movement. In 2001 he was Phi Delta Kappa Community Leader of the Year and was selected Outstanding New Professional in 2002 by the Florida Association of Museums. He is the author of Florida's Highwaymen: Legendary Landscapes, co-editor of Zen and the Art of Local History, author of the forthcoming Rowman & Littlefield Book The AASLH Guide to Making Public History, has published several articles, and is a regular presenter at professional conferences. A Florida native, Bob lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife and two daughters.

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