Get involved with AASLH.

AASLH is a society of professionals and volunteers with diverse interests. Find a community that matches your specific area of focus or interest so you can easily network with others who share similar job issues and interests. These groups have moderated membership, but are open to all. Activities include meal functions at AASLH Annual Meetings, workshops and other training opportunities, e-newsletters, and more.

Standing Committees

This committee serves a dual purpose. The first purpose is to work with AASLH to further the field of state and local history through supporting the educational efforts of the Annual Meeting. The second purpose is to work closely with AASLH staff to ensure the successful Annual Meeting.

This committee develops the content for sessions and workshops that relate to the theme developed by AASLH staff, Program, and Host chairs. Travel to one Program Committee meeting is required.

The Audit Committee works via conference call to review AASLH’s annual independent audit and make recommendations to the AASLH Council. A majority of committee members must have financial expertise.

The Editorial Advisory Board aids in the publication of books in the AASLH series with Rowman & Littlefield Press. The committee is charged to seek out and review proposals for the AASLH series of books, to think critically about the needs of the field, and to bring to the committee any new, interesting, and/or innovative research for possible publication. The committee meets quarterly via conference call to review proposals and reader reports, make recommendations on publications, and to brainstorm possible book ideas.

Affinity Groups

Affinity Group Committees provide advice and direction for the development of programs and services that benefit these special niches of the field; and to ensure that AASLH’s programs and services for these organizations are high quality, address identified needs of the membership, and reflect current issues and thinking in the field. Committee members work with and advise the AASLH staff liaison on the development of programs and services for the group. Depending upon interest and availability, members may agree to chair or work on a special project the committee chooses to undertake.

Business history preserves the material culture of corporations and tells the story of American business history as well as community history. This AASLH community is designed for professionals within corporations or corporate museums who collect and interpret history or use history to market corporations, and provides a forum for networking and professional development.

 

The Business History Affinity Community is tailor-made to facilitate networking among professionals who run corporate history programs.

Through affinity luncheons, sessions at the Annual Meeting, tours of museums and archives that contain business history collections, the Business History Affinity Group works to articulate the value of business history, address public perceptions about funding, and provide a forum for networking and professional development.

Professionals affiliated with the business history community:

  • use a business’ past to talk about its future, or the role the company has played in community development;
  • interpret business history to further the public’s understanding of science, technology and/or the company’s field;
  • work in a corporate museum, archive or visitor center;
  • help a corporation decide whether or not to invest in a business history program;
  • work for a history institution that is owned and/or managed by a business.

COMMITTEE

The Business History Community is led by the following committee:

Sarah Lund-Goldstein, Chair (2013-2018)
Contract Archivist
slundgold@gmail.com

Neil Dahlstrom (2014-2018)
Deere and Company
DahlstromNeilA@JohnDeere.com

Nick Graves (2015-2017)
Walmart Heritage Group
nicholas.graves@wal-mart.com

Lynn Heidelbaugh (2014-2018)
National Postal Museum
heidelbaughl@si.edu

Dave J. Moore (2016-2018)
Carhartt, INC.
dmoore@carhartt.com

Cindy Olsen (2015-2019)
Little Caesar’s Enterprises
cindy.olsen@lcecorp.com

Madison Sevilla (2017-2019)
Buffalo Trace Distillery
msevilla@buffalotrace.com

Patrick Wittwer (2014-2018)
Wells Fargo History Museum (PA)
Patrick.wittwer@wellsfargo.com

AASLH’s Educators & Interpreters Community addresses the needs of educators and interpreters in history museums and history organizations as they seek to increase appreciation of community history.

The Educators & Interpreters Committee primary goals are:

  • Seek and promote quality education and interpretation sessions for the AASLH Annual Meeting.
  • Promote education and interpretation best practices by using AASLH resources, including publications, books, and Technical Leaflets
  • Provide opportunities for networking and resource sharing through the use of social media, beginning with an educators and interpreters blog.
  • Serve as AASLH membership ambassadors by helping recruit and retain individual members.

COMMITTEE

The Educators and Interpreters Community is run by the following committee:

Megan Wood, Chair (2013-2019)
Ohio History Connection

Andy Albertson (2014-2018)
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

Anna Altschwager (2017-2019)
Wisconsin Historical Society

Kate Betz (2013-2019)
Bullock Texas State History Museum

Bree Boettner (2016-2018)
Detroit Historical Museum

Christy Crisp (2015-2019)
Georgia Historical Society

Christopher Grisham (2014-2018)
Tennessee State Museum

Stacia Kuceyeski (2014-2018)
Ohio History Connection

Jacqueline Langholtz (2015-2019)
Monticello

Nicole Moore (2016-2018)
The Center for Civil and Human Rights

Courtney Speckmann (2014-2018)
White House Historical Association

Lisa H. Robbins (2016-2018)
Historic Annapolis Foundation

Amy Williamson (2016-2018)
Alabama Department of Archives and History

Bridgitt Zielke (2017-2019)
Wisconsin Historical Society

The Field Services Alliance (FSA) is an organized group of individuals, offices, and agencies that provide training opportunities, guidance, technical services, and other forms of assistance to local historical societies, archives, libraries, and museums in their respective states or regions.

The Field Services Alliance exists to create a forum to share information, provide mutual support and collegiality, and promote scholarship among those who, on a statewide or regional level, offer educational services to local historical organizations and others who practice history.

FSA members are paid staff members of organizations that have and promote an organized, ongoing program for delivery of services to small, grassroots history organizations. If your historical organization needs assistance, contact the field services office in your state.

Historic houses are among the most numerous museums in the country and AASLH consistently develops services to meet the needs of historic house museum professionals. AASLH maintains numerous resources for historic house museums and prides itself on having the largest number of historic house museums as members than any other professional museum organization.

Historic House Calls
In 2013, the Community began Historic House Calls – which give staff and volunteers working in historic house museums the chance to hear from a leading expert on a topic related to historic sites and ask questions about that topic. The AASLH Historic House Affinity Group offers these quarterly at no charge. Check back often for upcoming House Calls and learn about previous ones.

Historic House Museums Issues and Operations Workshop
AASLH conducts a professional development workshop geared specifically to historic house museums. The Historic House Museums Issues and Operations workshop provides hands-on, practical information for new directors, dedicated volunteers, board members, and staff at historic houses.

AASLH Annual Meeting Affinity Breakfast or Luncheon
Each year the AASLH Annual Meeting includes numerous sessions that focus on the unique challenges present in historic house museums. And, the Historic House Affinity Breakfast or Luncheon has provided the opportunity for professionals to network, as well as gain valuable information from the field on current trends, best practices, and pressing issues in historic house museums.

 

COMMITTEE

The Historic House Museum Community is governed by the following committee:

Joshua Campbell Torrance, Chair (2011-2018)
Woodlawn Museum, Ellsworth, ME

Kelly Gascoine (2014-2018)
Indiana Landmarks, Indianapolis, IN

Andy Hahn (2016-2018)
Campbell House Museum

Brett Lobello (2016-2018)
Brucemore Estate

Kelly Klobacher (2017-2019)
Hegeler Carus Foundation

Diane Rogness (2015-2019)
State Historical Society of North Dakota

Sean Sawyer (2016-2018)
The Olana Partnership

Jessica Stavros (2016-2018)
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Scott M. Stroh, III (2014-2018)
George Manson’s Gunston Hall, Mason Neck, VA

Gennie Truelock (2017-2019)
Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum

Jessica VanLanduyt (2015-2019)
Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA

Jamie Wilms (2017-2019)
Molly Brown House Museum, Denver, CO

Military history is an important subset of the history field. The AASLH Military History Committee provides advice and direction for the development of programs and services that benefit U.S. history institutions with a military focus as well as museums/historic sites with military items in their collections.

E-Newsletter
The Military History Community publishes an e-newsletters with articles and updates about the group and issues facing the field. To subscribe to the e-newsletter, simply join the Military History Community.

AASLH Annual Meeting Events
Every year at the AASLH Annual Meeting, the Military History group plans sessions involving military history and at least one meal or event for the community members to attend to network. Past events includes special tours of military sites and luncheons.

Collections Camp: Military Artifacts
Every two years, AASLH holds a 2 1/2 day Collections Camp workshop focusing on Military History collections. These workshops help participants gain practical tools to help improve the care of military collections. The next Collections Camp will be in 2018.

The Military History Community is led by the following committee members:

Gordon Blaker, Immediate Past Chair, U.S. Army Artillery Museum, Ft. Sill, OK (2011-2018)

Marc Blackburn, Committee Chair, National Park Service, Eatonville, WA (2013-2019)

Francoise Bonnell, U.S. Army Women’s Museum (2015-2019)

Bill Brewster, First Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton, IL (2013-2018)

Lisa Budreau, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN (2015-2019)

Ralph Cuevas, John E. Conner Museum, Wichita Falls, TX (2014-2018)

Jeffrey Larrabee, National Guard Bureau Historical Services, Washington, D.C. (2014-2018)

Adam Morgan, Colorado Army National Guard, Colorado Springs, CO (2012-2018)

Claire Samuelson, U.S. Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center (2015-2019)

Adam Scher, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN (2015-2019)

Michael Telzrow, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, WI (2013-2018)

Richard White. Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN (2017-2019)

Robert G. Chenhall’s nomenclature for classifying man-made objects is the standard cataloging tool for thousands of museums and historical organizations across the United States and Canada. Nomenclature’s lexicon of object names, arranged hierarchically within functionally defined categories, has become a de facto standard within the community of history museums in North America.

The following Task Force manages AASLH’s Nomenclature-related work and initiatives:

Chair

Paul Bourcier
Museum of Science & History

Members

Kathy Barton
Yellowstone County Museum

Kathleen Byrne
National Park Service

Rosemary Campbell
Independent Museum Professional

Kristine Dobbins
Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City

Heather Dunn
Canadian Heritage Information Network

John Hart, Jr.
Sullivan Museum and History Center

Ron Kley
Museum Research Associates

Jennifer Toelle
Smoky Hill Museum

Jean-Luc Vincent
Parks Canada

The Small Museums Community assists America’s small museums in their endeavors, helping to make them stronger and more responsive to their communities. The Committee encourages small museums to share successful strategies in workshops and national meetings and demonstrate what the field can learn from small museums. Through its programming and initiatives, AASLH plans to strengthen the small museum, an important steward of local and national history.

If you’re looking for a place to network with your peers, find answers to questions, explore opportunities to learn, and more, you’ve come to the right place. This community was created by Small Museum professionals and their colleagues.

COMMITTEE

The following volunteers manage AASLH’s Small Museum Community:

Melissa Prycer, Chair (2013-2019)
Dallas Heritage Village

Jacqui Ainlay-Conley (2016-2018)
City and County of Broomfield

Alison Bruesehoff (2017-2019)
Rancho Los Cerritos

Neal Hitch (2017-2019)
Imperial Valley Desert Museum

Janice Klein (2014-2018)
EightSixSix Consulting

Kristen Laise (2014-2018)
Belle Grove Historic Plantation

Maggie Marconi (2013-2018)
Ohio History Connection

Aimee Newell (2017-2019)
Luzerne County Historical Society

Danielle Stuckle (2016-2018)
State Historical Society of North Dakota

The Religious History Affinity Group provides a forum in which the history of all faith communities may be shared, understood, and appreciated. Additionally, the group serves as a resource for sharing best practices in research, interpretation, and exhibition of religious history, particularly for those organizations with minimal experience in these areas.

 

The Religious History Community is run by the following committee members:

  • Karen Graham Wade, Committee Chair, Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, City of Industry, CA (2012-2018)
  • Gary Boatright, Jr., Immediate Past Committee Chair, LDS Church Historical Department, Salt Lake City, UT (2012-2018)
  • Joshua Castaño, Partners for Sacred Places, Philadelphia, PA (2014-2018)
  • Dennis H. Cremin, Ph.D., Lewis University, Romeoville, IL (2014-2018)
  • Susan Fletcher, The Navigators, Colorado Springs, CO (2014-2018)
  • Barbara Franco, Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg, PA (2015-2019)
  • Aaron Genton, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY (2015-2019)
  • Taffey Hall, Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, TN (2017-2019)
  • Mark Katrikh, Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, CA (2014-2018)
  • Barbara Walden, Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation, West Hartford, CT (2012-2018)

The Women’s History Affinity Group is a NEW AASLH Affinity Group. It is comprised of those who are interested in presenting and encouraging accurate, compelling, diverse, and often controversial women’s history. The affinity group encourages thoughtful scholarship, curriculum, interpretive content, public and educational programs, and shares best practices and strategies for including women’s history in sites and locations of all sizes.

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Co-Chair
Page Harrington (2014-2018)
National Woman’s Party at Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
Page.Harrington@nationalwomansparty.org

Co-Chair
Rebecca Price (2014-2018)
Chick History, Inc.
info@chickhistory.com

Michele Dunham (2014-2018)
Rochester Hills Museum
dunhamm@rochesterhills.org

Megan Byrnes (2014-2018)
meganjbyrnes@gmail.com

Jennifer Krafchik (2014-2018)
Wendy Jessup and Associates, Inc.
jennkrafchik@gmail.com

Pat Mooney-Melvin (2014-2018)
Loyola University
pmooney@luc.edu

Aleia Brown (2016-2018)
Michigan State University
aleiabrown.1@gmail.com

Lori Osborn (2016-2018)
Evanston Women’s History Project
ljosbo1@comcast.net

Felicia Bell (2017-2019)
Rosa Parks Museum
fbell@troy.edu

Noelle Trent (2017-2019)
National Civil Rights Museum
ntrent@civilrightsmuseum.org

The AASLH Emerging History Professionals (EHP) Affinity Community supports, connects, and unites the newest generation of state and local history practitioners.

Our goals include providing support and professional development opportunities for emerging history professionals and creating and maintaining physical and digital spaces where EHPs can meet, discuss ideas, and network. To achieve these goals, we plan to arrange mentoring sessions between EHPs and experienced professionals, offer CV and interview advice, organize networking opportunities, schedule experiential and problem-solving sessions at the annual conferences, and encourage the building of friendships among EHPs.

Task Forces

From time to time the AASLH chair appoints additional task force to develop the plans for a new program or service such as for strategic planning.

This committee serves a dual purpose. The first purpose is to work with AASLH to further the field of state and local history through supporting the educational efforts of the Annual Meeting. The second purpose is to work closely with AASLH staff to ensure the successful Annual Meeting.

The Audit Committee works via conference call to review AASLH’s annual independent audit and make recommendations to the AASLH Council. A majority of committee members must have financial expertise.

The Editorial Advisory Board aids in the publication of books in the AASLH series with Rowman & Littlefield Press. The committee is charged to seek out and review proposals for the AASLH series of books, to think critically about the needs of the field, and to bring to the committee any new, interesting, and/or innovative research for possible publication. The committee meets quarterly via conference call to review proposals and reader reports, make recommendations on publications, and to brainstorm possible book ideas.

Volunteer Opportunities

From time to time, there are volunteer opportunities that will be posted here.