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Reframing History

American Association for State and Local History

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As the public debates around history grow louder, it seems there’s a gap between how history practitioners understand their work and what the public thinks history is. We need a more productive public conversation about history. But how do we get on the same page? Over the course of this series, we’ll be speaking to historians, history communicators, and educators from around the country about the language we use to communicate history to the public. Hosted by Christy Coleman and Jason Stein ...
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American Association for State and Local History: your home for history since 1940. www.AASLH.org Sessions and podcasts from past annual meetings, covering the most important issues facing public historians, museums, and historic sites.
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Dee Brown is the President and CEO of The P3 Group, the nation’s largest African American owned public-private partnership real estate developer. Each week Dee will talk with business executives, community leaders, and entertainers about their family, investments, careers, and how their success is impacting their community and legacy. If you’re looking for insight on what it takes to be successful, this is the podcast that will take you beyond the deal! The Sky’s the Limit with Dee Brown CEO ...
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In today’s episode of The Sky’s The Limit, Dee Brown, President and CEO of The P3 Group Inc, talks to Torrence McKnight, President and CEO of Torrence McKnight State Farm Insurance Agency. Torrence is a Results-driven leader with repeated success maximizing new business development and customer retention for high-growth companies. Over the past 20 …
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What would you do if you had the opportunity to work on projects that makes people’s lives better? Wouldn’t you be inspired to do more? When you give your best, the possibilities are endless. That’s when you can honestly say that The Sky’s The Limit. Dee Brown welcomes his Chief of Staff Ben Baltimore in today's episode. Ben’s parents were both tea…
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“Will Smith slaps Chris Rock on The Oscars stage.” You must have been watching the event on your television at that moment. You must have heard or read about it as the news spread quickly online. How did you feel? It's easy enough to pass judgment and say that Will acted irrationally, or you can defend his action because he did it to protect his wo…
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Over the course of this series, we’ve explored the research and recommendations of the “Making History Matter Report.” In this final installment, we’ll discuss how to put the report’s findings into practice with a little help from two leaders in our field: Jennifer Ortiz, Director at the Utah Division of State History, and Steve Murray, Director at…
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Like history, the term civics has been pulled into recent political debates. So in this episode, we’re examining the role history museums and organizations can play in the new civics. How can we help our communities find meaning, a sense of belonging, and the tools they need to make their world a better place? To help answer that question, we’re jo…
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Many people–particularly those from dominant groups–tend to treat history centered on white men as the “neutral,” depoliticized history. Everything else is considered extra or optional, and our attempts to tell a fuller story of American history are often met with backlash. In this episode, we explore a research-backed framework for engaging audien…
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How do you provide medical care in a community health center that does not have clean facilities? How can underprivileged children have the opportunity to receive an education and fight for a better future? What hope is there for African American communities living in harsh environments? That's what The P3 Group, Inc. and Brown Foundation are doing…
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The public widely recognizes the necessity of learning from the past. But there’s a catch. For most people, the meaning of "learning from society’s mistakes” is inseparable from their diagnosis of society today. So in this episode, we discuss one solution to this challenge laid out in the Making History Matter report: “Emphasize how history helps u…
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In this episode, we take a closer look at the first two recommendations in the Making History Matter Report: 1) Talk about critical thinking to shift perceptions about what history involves and 2) Compare historical interpretation to detective work to deepen understanding of historical practice. Hosts Christy Coleman and Jason Steinhauer are joined…
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What is it like to be an African American law enforcement officer? How does someone protect and serve his community and make a difference? Joining Dee Brown in today's episode is the Honorable Gerald Robinson, Jefferson County, AR Judge. Judge Robinson started his career in law enforcement as a Deputy Jailer with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Offi…
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We need a more productive public conversation about history. But how do we get on the same page? How do we promote an understanding of history that is inclusive and builds trust in the process of nuanced historical research? In this episode, hosts Christy Coleman and Jason Steinhauer break down the research and strategies in the Making History Matt…
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For several decades, the African American community has had limited access to building wealth. The lack of financial literacy, low income, and systematic inequalities are just some of the challenges that prevent this community from reaching financial independence. But there are quite a few who managed to break through and succeed financially. Joini…
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Joining me today on this episode of The Sky’s The Limit is Niya Blair Hackworth. Niya is a compassionate, strategic, and experienced diversity and inclusion thought leader and educator. She has committed her life to guiding and supporting individuals and organizations with their intercultural competence as well as fostering communities of belonging…
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COMING SOON: As the public debates around history grow louder, it seems there’s a gap between how history practitioners understand their work and what the public thinks history is. We need a more productive public conversation about history. But how do we get on the same page? Over the course of this series, we’ll be speaking to historians, history…
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Joining Dee Brown CEO on this episode of The Sky’s The Limit is the Head of the Global Fixed Income Mutual Funds Team at S&P Global Ratings. She leads a global team responsible for analyzing over $4.8 Trillion in managed assets across 7 currencies. Her group assigns, maintains and monitors ratings, as well as provide market research for portfolios …
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Dee Brown interviews acclaimed actor, producer, and stage performer Palmer Williams, Jr. Palmer is a native of Camden, Alabama and a graduate of Knoxville College in Tennessee. He has a BS in Health / Hospital Administration, and a minor in Biology and Math. As an entrepreneur, he owns Williams Lawn Care Group, a landscaping company. Mr. Williams h…
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In this episode of The Sky’s The Limit: Beyond The Deal Dee Brown interviews Elsa Brown, President & CEO of Copland Contracting headquarter in DeSoto, TX. Copland Contracting is a 100% woman owned and minority owned construction company. Dee and Elsa discuss her journey to becoming an executive in the construction industry. They also dive into pay …
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What are the long-term effects of the pandemic on the real estate market? In the short term we’ve seen residential go boom and commercial go bust. Bur how will Covid-19 change the way developers build and scale their business? This week, The Sky’s The Limit: Beyond The Deal host, Dee Brown is interviewed by his producer Joe Pardivila. Dee is the Pr…
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Dee wraps up his conversation with Nathaniel Clark, the Managing Partner of full-service design firm, CHASM Architecture in Atlanta. In part two, Nathaniel talks about what he remembers most about turning a Baptist Church into a three-story condo complex and what the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport project has meant to his company and his …
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Dee welcomes Nathaniel Clark to the podcast this week. Nathaniel is the Managing Partner of CHASM Architecture in Atlanta, a company he founded in 2005 that has grown to become a topnotch, full-service design firm. In part one, Nathaniel talks about why good leaders must also be great followers, the reasons why he chose to pursue a career in archit…
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Dee wraps up his conversation with C. David Moody, Jr. the founder of C. D. Moody Construction Company, one of the largest African American-owned construction companies. In part two, David shares the important lesson's he’s learned along his entrepreneurial journey, how his foundation provides assistance to students who want to venture into constru…
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Dee welcomes trailblazing entrepreneur C. David Moody, Jr., to the podcast this week. David runs one of the largest African American-owned construction companies in America. His firm has built and delivered more than 200 commercial projects valued at $3 billion dollars, including Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons. In part one, Davi…
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Dee wraps up his chat with the "Shipping Container Lady", Jessica Lewis, the CEO and co-founder of Mobu Enterprises. Jessica shares the key to building container homes, her plans to build duplex-style homes out of shipping containers, and how she gained approval to build permanent affordable housing structures across Georgia.…
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This week Dee welcomes the CEO and Co-founder of Mobu Enterprises, Jessica Lewis. Jessica and her team hope to revolutionize the real estate industry by developing affordable housing projects out of shipping containers. In part one, Jessica shares how she's learned so much about shipping containers, how her team is building one unit at a time in vu…
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Dee wraps up his conversation with John Hope Bryant, the founder of Operation HOPE and The Promise Homes Company. In part two, John discusses why 'radical indifference' is one of the biggest problems in America today, why he's vowed to create one million Black entrepreneurs and businesses via a $130 million fund with Shopify, and how The Promise Ho…
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Joining Dee this week is John Hope Bryant, an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment, and financial dignity. John advocates for economic empowerment through his nonprofit, Operation HOPE and is the founder of The Promise Homes Company, one of the largest minority-controlled ow…
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Dee wraps up his talk with Percy Miller, AKA Master P, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of the legendary music label, No Limit Records. In part two, Percy shares his thoughts on diversity in business, the importance of investing in senior living communities, his dream of building his own HBCU, and why mentorship is a big part of his life.…
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This week Dee is joined by a member of hip-hop royalty today, Percy Miller, AKA Master P. Percy is the founder of the legendary music label, No Limit Records, and is currently involved in multiple entrepreneurial ventures in real estate and the food & beverage space. In part one, Percy shares the reasons for not selling his record label, how one ca…
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Dee concludes his conversation with Warren Stephens, the Chairman, President and CEO of Little Rock based Stephens Inc., the highly regarded investment bank and private-equity firm. In part two, Warren talks about the company's handling of the initial public stock offering for Walmart, why Stephens Inc. is a relationship-oriented firm, and the stor…
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On the premiere of The Sky's the Limit, Dee is joined by legendary businessman, Warren Stephens. Warren is the Chairman, President and CEO of Little Rock based Stephens Inc., the highly regarded investment bank and private-equity firm. He is vocal in his support of capitalism, frequently speaking about capitalism’s unmatched power to lift people ou…
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Collaboration is key, but not always easy. How can large urban museums and small local presenters work together to grow collaborative networks that transcend differences of scale, budget, and territory to broaden opportunities for regional audiences? Learn strategies to overcome roadblocks and capitalize on new opportunities to build effective part…
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Every institution, especially smaller ones, faces barriers to collections care and collections management. Lack of funding, small staffs, and institutional buy-in contribute to these problems. With the help of attendees, participants will identify common barriers to improving collections care and management and offer help to overcome these barriers…
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Join museum practitioners, preservationists, scholars, and a conceptual artist for a conversation about rapid response versus strategic collecting from multiple closed public schools across different cities. Gain unique insight around swift preservation methods, memory, and developing creative models to advance narratives around preserving and inte…
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When house museums want to leap forward, wishful thinking isn’t enough. They need sufficient capacity and support to achieve their vision. We’ll explore three different but common approaches—the governing board, volunteers, and a major fundraising campaign—with an experienced director, mid-level program manager, and a national non-profit consultant…
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History museums in the U.S. and beyond still interpret predominantly white histories. This session presents museums in United States, Canada, and Brazil working from an Afrocentric lens, and the many challenges faced, from denialism to political pressure, barriers to community engagement to lack of funding. Could an Afrocentric museum resistance mo…
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How can using Smithsonian resources bolster community engagement? The panel will discuss how hosting a Museum on Main Street exhibition spurred youth and community engagement with local history through digital storytelling. This experience bridged age gaps and led to surprising outcomes by presenting history in a more relevant way.Chair: Selwyn Ram…
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How do we make anniversaries matter? How do they serve as opportunities for new growth rather than roadblocks? This session will draw on neuroscience, community health data, psychology, and public history to offer new frameworks for approach.Chair: Braden Paynter, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Washington, DC; Rainey Tisdale, Indep…
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Historians disclose uncomfortable truths. We walk genealogists through shame as we divulge “family secrets.” Sometimes we refute the stories people tell about themselves, or the accounts that historic sites share with the world. This panel will explore the awkward, messy, and occasionally revelatory task of sharing upsetting and silenced narratives…
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Does a waning of the Colonial Revival explain the widening disconnect between museum objects and contemporary values? This session explores ways we have traditionally valued objects for the privileged stories they tell and how we can mobilize those same objects to convey a complete, inclusive past.Chair: Laura C. Keim, Senton Museum, Philadelphia, …
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For a generation, military history has supposedly been on the decline in academic circles, but military museums are still very popular. Explore what three institutions are doing to make military history relevant to modern audiences. Sponsored by the AASLH Military History Affinity Community.Chair: Marc Blackburn, Mount Rainier National Park, Eatonv…
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How do we design programs for audiences that are new to us? The Historical Society of Pennsylvania partnered with Taller Puertorriqueño to create a model that required letting go of institutional authority. Hear about the successes and challenges from those with worked to diversify HSP’s (and Taller’s) audiences.Chair: Seth Bruggeman, Temple Univer…
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We’re all waiting for fundraising to get easier. But what happens when misperceptions make it even more difficult? This session features a panel of leaders from several organizations discussing how they address fundraising misconceptions created by state and federal affiliations, assumptions about benefactors, earned income challenges and more.Chai…
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