The Eastern Illinois University history department introduced the Historical Administration option to its Master of Arts program in 1975. Since then it has been preparing students academically and technically to serve as professionals in museums and historical agencies. Students are introduced to the problems, philosophies, ethics, and techniques of preserving, interpreting, and administering the American heritage.

The Historical Administration Program Association (HAPA) consists of alumni from this program and provides support to it.

This website serves our HAPA members.

Symposium 2014

The 37th Annual HAPA Symposium

Digital Humanities- April 11-13, 2014

Join us as we discuss the ways museums, archives, libraries, and other cultural institutions can combine new technologies with traditional methods to reach an increasingly "digitized" audience.  

2014 HAPA Symposium Registration Brochure

Symposium 2013

36th Annual Historical Administration Program Association Symposium

The Business of Museums: Not-for-Profit is No Excuse
April 13, 2013

Often it feels as if the "business" of museums is survival. As museum professionals, creating something with limited resources becomes a badge of honor. But with museum closings in the news and donor support dwindling, organizations must create sustainable practices that allow them to weather uncertain times. Museums must move past survival and start thriving.


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