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Membership in the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives entitles you to a discount from Gaylord for archival and museum supplies.  If you are a current member in good standing and have not received the discount code, please contact the membership coordinator. Connecticut Humanities Council’s Heritage Resource Center (HRC) While the HRC was specifically designed for Connecticut institutions, its readings and resources can benefit organizations in Missouri. StEPS:  Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations StEPs is a voluntary assessment program for small- and mid-sized history organizations. The program, created by AASLH with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, encourages awareness and achievement of national standards. Organizations that enroll in this new self-paced, self-study program use assessment questions and performance indicators (Basic, Good, Better) to rate their policies and practices in six standards sections. Participating organizations can clearly identify their strengths and areas needing improvement, and begin taking steps to plan for positive change.  For more information, visit the AASLH website.
CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM SURVIVAL TOOLKITS In response to the recent economic downturn, a number of organizations have compiled online toolkits with advice about how to survive—or better yet, thrive—despite the tough economy (see below).  As part of a project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts through a Chairman’s Extraordinary Action Grant, the Heritage Tourism Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is compiling an online toolkit with resources for the broad range of cultural and heritage tourism attractions (including museum, arts organizations, historic sites, communities, heritage areas, scenic byways and others).   A key component of the toolkit (scheduled for  completion in the fall of 2010) will be case studies to showcase successful strategies undertaken by attractions from across the United States.
NATIONAL SURVIVAL TOOLKITS Americans for the Arts Toolkit: Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit http://www.artsusa.org/information_services/toolkit/default.asp American Association of Museums Museum Survival Guide http://www.aam-us.org/survivalguide.cfm American Association of State and Local History Weathering the Financial Storm http://www.aaslh.org/ResourcesforWeatheringtheFinancialStorm.htm National Trust for Historic Preservation http://www.preservationnation.org/resources/public-policy/perfect-storm/