Information, Resources and Links for Fire Museums
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Museums & Non-profit Management Resources

(Links highlighted in Grey are broken links and need updated)
General Museum Stuff Links
•  American Association of Museums (AAM)
•  American Association for State and Local History
•  AASLH Resource Lending Library
•  Museum Store Assoc.
•  Search Aviso Online Classified Ads
•  Museum Employment Resource Center
•  Ohio Museum Assoc.'s Local History Notebooks
•  Ontario Museum Association - Tip Sheets

Collections, Accessions, Conservation
• PastPerfect Museum Software
• Visible Storage Today
•  Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums
            - Rights and Reproduction Information Network (RARIN) - photo release forms and copyright information
• Conservation/Preservation Information for the General Public
• Museum Collection Care - Northern States Conservation Care
• Conservation, Restoration, Preservation
• Conservation Corner: Articles from the Wisconsin Historical Society
          - A Written Collecting Policy
          - Collecting Forms and Agreements
          - The Museum Building: Collections Storage
          - Storage Shelves
          - Storing Your Collections: A Crucial First Step
          - Storing Your Collections: Following Through
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "A Primer on Museum Collection Management,"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Protecting Museum Collections in Storage,"
• OMA Tip Sheets - An Introduction to the Deaccession and Disposal of Collections
• National Park Service - Museum Handbook (NPS standards for: collections care, museum records, collections use)

Digitizing of Collections
• Library of Congress - Building Digital Collections: Technical Information & Background Papers
• OMA - Planning the Digitization of a Museum Collection (PDF file)
• OMA - Capture Your Collections - digitization tutorial
• Museum for Textiles Digitization Project
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Exhibits & Labels
• Interpretation - John Veverka & Assoc.
• Makes a Good Interactive Exhibit?
• Exhibit Design resources for museum professionals
• N.A.M.E .- the exhibitionist.html
• Smithsonian's Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design
• Exhibit Builder Magazine

Wisconsin Historical Society
• Exhibiting Wisconsin's Local Heritage
    - What Is Interpretation?
    - Choosing a Local History Topic: Looking at Objects
    - Choosing a Local History Topic: Beginning with Concepts
    - Balancing Your Exhibit Program
    - Communicating Concepts
    - A Hierarchy of Labels
    - Labels: Writing Style
    - Exhibit Design: The Language of Artifacts
    - Summarizing Some Thoughts

Some Interesting "online" Exhibits
• California Gold Rush at Oakland Museum of California
• America's Story - from the Library of Congress
• Canton, New York: the Story in Words and Pictures
• Journal for Multimedia History
• Smithsonian Office of Education
• Best Museum Web Site Competition 2004 Winners
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Education Stuff
• Library of Congress - Facilitator Workshops
• Chicago Hist. Society - Welcome to Just the Arti-FACTS
• Chicago Hist. Society - Just the Arti-FACTS, (Chicago Fire)
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Making an Academic Connection"
• Montecello, The Home of Thomas Jefferson - Teaching Resources
• Plimouth Plantation -"Just for Kids" Website

Education Curriculums

Museum Interpretation
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "The Challenge of Interpreting the Past"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Hard Choices About Lifestyle Interpretations"

Traveling Trunk Links
• Kansas State Historical Society, Traveling Resource Trunks
• Kelsey's traveling trunks open new worlds for area schools
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Museum and Non-profit Management
• Non Profit. Info Resources -Web Sites
• The Charity Village: Research Section
• INC: Information For and About Nonprofit Organizations
• MAP for Nonprofits: Nonprofit Services and Volunteer Opportunity
• Nonprofit Charitable Org's - Home Page
• Minnesota Council for Nonprofits
• Ginsler & Associates Inc. - Free Resources

Business Planning
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Planning for the Future: Treat Your Hist. Organization Like a Business"

Board Members and Board Meetings
• Practical Hints for Building Your Nonprofit Board, Part I
• Charity Village Research: Sub-Index: Board of Directors and its Role

Meetings, Open Houses, and Public Programs

Meeting Skill Building


Volunteer Managment
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• Foundation
• Grant Proposals for Nonprofit Organizations
• Welcome to Donors Forum of Chicago WWW site
• Wisconsin Hist. Soc. - Seven Principles of Fund Raising
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Marketing - Writers and Designers
• Museum Marketing Tips, Tools and Resources
• What is marketing?
• Designer's Jumpola: Design and marketing resources, products, and how-to information
• Managing Your Museum Web Site
• Nonprofit Web Site Scenarios
 • Best Practices in Museum Web Site Design
• Best Museum Web Site Competition 2004 Winners


• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Planning Newsletters: Content & Design, Part I"
• OHS Loc. Hist. Notebook - "Planning Newsletters: Content & Design, Part I I"
• Newsletter Design Tips
• How effective is a newsletter as a development tool?
• Create a postcard newsletter
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Historic Building Preservation
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Research & History Links
• Lib of Congress - American Memory Collection
• American Memory Fellows Program -- Home Page
• Making of America - Primary Source Docs
• A Research Guide for Students
• Do History
• Do History- (Local history took kit)
• American History Outline
• My History is America's History
• History House: Books, Stories, and Historical Trivia
• Journal for multimedia History
• Researching Wisconsin Community History

Doing Oral Histories
• Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History
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