AASLH’s Ongoing Advocacy Initiatives

AASLH knows it is important for all public officials  (local, state, and national) to know about the vital work historical organizations do to educate the general public—the constituents of public officials—about your work and its role in a democratic and civil society, making citizens more thoughtful about the decisions they make and the consequences of those decisions.  Advocacy and lobbying are also important leadership services provided by AASLH. AASLH sponsors, advocates, and lobbies on behalf of state and local history at the national level through strategic partnerships with several organizations.

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The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is a national association that provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people.

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History Relevance

History Relevance is a diverse group of history professionals posing questions about what makes the past relevant today. The work of History Relevance serves as a catalyst for demonstrating, discovering and promulgating the value of history for individuals, communities, and the nation.

AASLH supports History Relevance in many ways, including dedicated staff time. AASLH is one of nearly 200 organizations that have endorsed the initiatives “Value of History” statement, helps circulate its messages, and is working to integrate History Relevance ideas into AASLH programs. We encourage you to get involved, endorse the “Value of History” statement and integrate it into your work, join a History Relevance task force, and join History Relevance on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

National Coalition for History

AASLH is a leading member of the National Coalition for History (NCH) and holds a seat on the NCH board. NCH is a consortium of over 50 organizations advocating on behalf of federal legislation and regulatory issues affecting historians, archivists, teachers, researchers, and other stakeholders. Priorities include federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Archives and Records Administration, including the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the National Parks Service, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the declassification of federal records.

AAM’s Museums Advocacy Day

Each year, AAM organizes Museums Advocacy Day, a two-day event that brings hundreds of museum professionals from around the country to DC to advocate on behalf of the field to state and national legislators.

AASLH sponsors AAM’s Museums Advocacy Day (MAD) every year and our council meets in concert with MAD so that council members may participate in the two-day event.

AAM and AASLH also cooperate on other important advocacy issues as they arise.

National Humanities Alliance

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) monitors and takes action on a range of federal funding and policies issues that affect work in the humanities. AASLH works with the NHA to share important humanities advocacy messages with our members.


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