Quick Facts

Application Deadline
Applications for the Class of 2018 are due May 15, 2018
(Application Link)

Next Seminar
October 28 – November 17, 2018

$3,200 for Tuition and Lodging (double-occupancy)*

*Scholarship assistance is available.

The History Leadership Institute (formerly the Seminar for Historical Administration or SHA) offers emerging and established history leaders a forum for engaging the major questions and critical challenges facing the field. Through case studies, workshops, forums, and site visits facilitated by experts working on the field’s leading edge, Associates discuss the most pressing issues facing history institutions and develop strategies for addressing them. For a full description of seminar topics, please see the 2017 Curriculum and Session Descriptions.

Upcoming Dates:
2018: October 28-November 17
2019: October 27-November 16

What will the History Leadership Institute do for me?
The History Leadership Institute offers an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate with leading experts from across the country in consideration of the field’s most pressing issues. By participating in the institute, Associates emerge better prepared to lead, more conversant and knowledgeable about current trends and major challenges facing history organizations.

  • Through sessions facilitated by leading, cutting-edge practitioners, the History Leadership Institute challenges its Associates to ask not “How do we do things right?” but rather to ask “Are we doing the right things?” The History Leadership Institute helps strengthen the future of history leadership by working with the sharpest practitioners to engage the field’s toughest questions.
  • Not only does the History Leadership Institute offer a chance to engage with big questions, it also helps Associates develop and improve their strategies for addressing them. From strategic planning to intentional practice to design thinking to evaluation, Institute participants emerge with an improved toolkit for solving major challenges and a stronger professional network to support them.

What about for my organization?
The History Leadership Institute has proven its effectiveness in providing professional development to leaders since 1959. Read below to hear how returning graduates from the program improved their home institutions:

“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 alumni doing now?
Alumni from the History Leadership Institute (previously known as the Seminar for Historical Administration or ‘SHA’) 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!

Field Trip to Connor PrairieCost
The registration fee for this one-of-a-kind experience includes training, lodging + tax, and breakfast for approximately $3,200 (past participants recommend you budget an additional $35 per day for meals not provided, cabs, and tips).

For more information, contact John Marks at the American Association for State and Local History.



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