Monthly Archives: May 2014
This is the season! The season for conferences and networking and being inspired by innovation, trends, and best practices in the field. You have been encouraged by supervisors to take advantage of meetings of museum professionals; or, you have individually taken the initiative to develop yourself as a better leader. Usually, we fall into a spectrum – sometimes we get external support and sometimes we are internally motivated.
No matter what your individual case may be, take a moment to consider applying for Developing History Leaders @SHA (DHL@SHA) this year. Yes, the applications are due on Monday; but, if not now, then when?!?! During the seminar, you will learn from experts in the field, you will be supported by like-minded colleagues from around the nation, and you will experience increased confidence in your own abilities and your potential as a leader.
People are always a little worried about the time commitment. Yes, it’s a lot of time. However, it is well worth it! Speak with any of the alumni or seminar faculty and you might just be overwhelmed by the amount of enthusiasm there is not only for the seminar itself, but for the need to have such a concentrated time commitment. I would not have had it any other way.
So, take a few minutes and tell us why you should be in this year’s class! Why are you a natural leader already? What skills are you hoping to build? Where do you see yourself in five years? Take a deep breath, take the initiative, and fill out that application today!
I’ll keep this short—I know you are busy. If you are reading this, you are considering applying for Developing History Leaders @ SHA (previously known as the Seminar for Historical Administration), or you’re a graduate of this esteemed program.
If you are a graduate, you fully understand and are deeply appreciative of the positive influence that SHA has had (and continues to have) on your career. You know that the knowledge and wisdom that you gained in SHA, along with the network of co-conspirators that you developed through the program, have been absolutely invaluable to your success in your field.
However, for potential applicants, SHA is actually not invaluable—in fact, it has a very fixed value—about $3,000. And, unfortunately, for too many potential applicants that cost is simply beyond reach—a bridge too far.
Although I know they would love to do it, the leaders of Developing History Leaders @ SHA can’t ignore or underwrite the cost—there are very real costs to running this program and the bills must be paid.
However, those leaders have developed a scholarship program to underwrite the tuition of at least one talented applicant – the Denny O’Toole Scholarship Fund.
Now, it’s time for the graduates, who have reaped invaluable benefits (and probably more than one pay raise) to ante up and kick in to support the SHA scholarship program. Give back to a program that has given you so much—the least we can do is to underwrite at least one person’s $3,000 tuition.
Click here to donate and select the SHA Denny O’Toole Scholarship Fund.
Mark Sundlov (SHA ’11), Ohio Historical Society
If you are attending AAM in Seattle, you might have noticed that there is no DHL@SHA reception on the official schedule. Fear not, lovers of all things SHA! We, too, believe that an AAM meeting is incomplete without an SHA get together.
When: Tuesday, May 20 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Tap House Grill (1506 Sixth Avenue Seattle 98101). According to our friends at Google Maps, the Tap House Grill is a mere 2 minute walk from the convention center.
Our reservation includes a server for food and beverage orders (Dutch treat) and two pool tables!
Please put this on your calendar(s) and invite friends/colleagues who might be candidates for SHA, or those who just want to hang out with fellow history folks.
If you have questions, please let us know. Otherwise, we will see you there!
Developing History Leaders @SHA is for public history practitioners who are ready to improve their knowledge and skills for leadership in a world that is changing rapidly. The forces of change – technological, economic, demographic, cultural – demand a response. To remain vibrant, history organizations must find new ways to serve the public and steward their collections. There is no single way to do this. Rather, leaders must create environments where staffs can be innovative and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the communities they serve.
This year’s seminar will offer many opportunities to learn and discuss the many challenges we face. We’ll see how current leaders are setting new directions and managing change in their organizations. We will also look at fundamentals, such as how to raise money, how to measure impact, and how to lead change in your organization when you’re not the boss.
To set the stage for our discussions, Janet Gallimore from the Idaho State Historical Society will give the keynote. She has been one of the leaders of the History Relevance Campaign, which originated in a conversation over dinner at the seminar in 2012. What started out as informal discussions has become a broader network of individuals who desire to elevate the value and position of history and its inherent skills in the United States. The intent is to serve as a catalyst for discovering, demonstrating, and promulgating the relevance of history for individuals, communities, and the nation.
New this year will be sessions by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Executive Director of the Abbe Museum, on principles and practices of leadership that foster meaningful engagement in the life of a community; Sarah Pharaon from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience on using historic places to facilitate understanding and dialogue on issues of social justice; and Susan West Montgomery from the National Trust on what role your organization can play in helping to save historic places in your community and region.
It’s an exciting time to be working in history organizations – to be preserving the past and using history to benefit others. So if you want to ready yourself to be a leader in our field – whether as an executive director or as head of a major function – then I urge you to apply. There is no better way to further your career.
John Durel, Coordinator, DHL@SHA
Applications for SHA are due Monday, May 19. For more information, click here.