The first three courses are now available in the American Association for State and Local History’s (AASLH) Arcus program, our newest professional development offering.

Arcus courses are specifically designed for emerging and mid-level professionals and those who are new to volunteering in history organizations. Arcus courses assist participants to think as entrepreneurs and leaders.

The first courses are:

Accessibility for Historical Organizations
This course explains the basics of accessibility for historic sites and organizations and provides opportunities for learning how to implement best practices at your own site, from the legal requirements to moral obligations. Learn strategies for accessibility for physical, hearing, sight, and a variety of “invisible” disabilities. By the end of this course participants should be able to identify and begin to address accessibility challenges at their own site.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for History Organizations
For the first time in history, there are multiple generational cohorts in the workforce, and the cultural climate in the workplace has shifted. This course is designed to assist leaders in bringing awareness to cultural differences and backgrounds and provides tips on how to train staff on how to celebrate differences and work together. In this course, we will discuss what diversity, equity, and inclusion is and how to effectively drive it as a culture within your organization.

Introduction to Indigenous History
Are you a history or museum professional who is interested in learning Indigenous history, but hasn’t taken the time to do it yet? In this course you will be given an introduction to Indigenous history, from a basic vocabulary to contemporary issues.

More Courses Coming
Additional Arcus courses will be released over the coming months, and will address topics such as LGBTQ+ inclusion, fundraising, strategic planning, and more.

Member Discounts!
Members receive a $25 discount on all Arcus courses. Individual Members also receive 20% off one Arcus course each year.