STATEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND ETHICS
Blue Slope Country Museum, Inc. is an organization acting in the public trust, engaged in the practice of agricultural history and representing a variety of disciplines and professions. Blue Slope Country Museum, Inc. expects its board members to abide by the ethical and performance standards adopted by all appropriate discipline based and professional organizations. (1) The following ethical statements and related professional standards are provided for the guidance of all members of Blue Slope Country Museum, Inc. There after Blue Slope Country Museum, Inc. will be referred to as BSCM, Inc.
Historical resources-including collections and other evidence of the past, provide the tools through which we interact with the past and are the bedrock upon which the practice of history rests. In fulfillment of their public trust, historical organizations and those associated with them must be responsible stewards of the collections within their direct care and are challenged to be advocates on behalf of the historical resources within their communities.
A. BSCM, Inc. board members shall give priority to the care and management of the collections within their care and always shall act to preserve their physical and intellectual integrity.
B. Institutions shall manage historical resources, including collections, in accord with comprehensive policies officially adopted by their governing authorities.
C. Collections shall not be capitalized or treated as financial assets.
D. Collections shall not be deaccessioned or disposed of in order to provide financial support for institutional operations, facilities maintenance or any reason other than preservation or acquisition of collections, as defined by institutional policy.
E. Historical resources shall be acquired, cared for and interpreted with sensitivity to their cultural origins.
F. It is important to document the physical condition of collections, including past treatment of objects, and to take appropriate steps to mitigate potential hazards to people and property.
Providing nondiscriminatory access to historical resources through exhibitions, tours, educational programs, publications, electronic media and research is critical in fulfilling the public trust and mission of historical organizations. Access and limitations of access are governed by institutional policies and by applicable rights of privacy, ownership and intellectual freedom.
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Historical interpretation may be presented in a variety of formats.
A. All interpretation must be based upon sound scholarship and thorough research.
B. Intellectually honest interpretation reflects the cultural context of the subject matter and recognizes the potential for multiple interpretations.
C. No interpretation shall use collections in a consumptive manner, except as categorically delineated and specifically allowed within the collection policy.
The primary responsibility for governance, institutional policies, financial stability and legal accountability of a historical organization rests with the governing authority. Operational responsibility rests with the volunteers.
A. Volunteers in the practice of history deserve respect.
B. Institutions shall maintain personnel policies adopted by the governing authority and distributed to all volunteers.
C. Institutions have the responsibility to engage volunteers who have appropriate training and expertise and to provide them with opportunities for additional training necessary to continue to meet their responsibilities.
D. Institutions shall maintain financial records from which accurate information can be generated to manage in a fiscally sound manner.
Revenue Producing Activities
Activities that involve the marketing and sale of products, programs, services, and facilities are acceptable ways to produce support revenues, increase public awareness of and participation in historical activities.
A. No such activities shall be undertaken that violate or compromise the integrity of an institution's mission, the ability of an institution or individual to meet professional standards or an institution's not-for-profit status.
B. Control of a product (e.g. exhibition, publication, program) shall neither be delegated nor abrogated to outside parties in order to obtain financial support.
C. Historical organizations shall review the potential cultural sensitivity of materials considered for commercial use with representatives of the appropriate affiliated communities.
Historical organizations and agencies shall act to ensure that the breadth of American cultural experiences and perspectives is represented accurately in all programmatic, staffing and operational activities. Historical organizations shall provide leadership to the field in becoming representative of our diverse society through equity in staffing, training, collecting, programming and marketing.
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Historical scholarship and interpretation depend upon free and open exploration and interpretation of the human experience.
A. At the same time, historical institutions must respect other legal, ethical, and cultural standards regarding individual privacy, human based research and access to and use of sensitive cultural materials.
B. Historical institutions and their representatives shall respect the rights and authority of individuals and cultures that had no voice in the disposition of those collections related to them.
A bibliography of ethical standards can be obtained from the AASLH executive offices.
Adopted by Blue Slope Country Museum, Inc. on _May 21, 2012____