2019 AASLH Annual Meeting

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The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held August 28-31 in Philadelphia, PA, in partnership with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience .  The AASLH Annual Meeting is known for practical sessions, takeaways galore, hallway conversations, unmatched evening events, new life-long friendships, intensive workshops, and the inspiration that comes from being around other history-doers.


Call for Proposals

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will present its 2019 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 28-31, in partnership with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Deadline for submissions is December 7.

Learn more about submitting a session and how to submit online.

Submit a proposal.

What Are We Waiting For?

In this time of political, social, and cultural turmoil, history institutions stand poised to connect with their communities and audiences like never before. Rancorous debates over issues like racial violence, immigration, global climate change, mass incarceration, and others divide our communities and the nation. These flashpoint issues also reveal opportunities for the history community to provide context and information to help make sense of modern challenges. History institutions can serve as a refuge from the rapid swirl of the news cycle and offer the restoration, contemplation, and community sought by a tired and disconnected citizenry.

Even as a need for the history community to take action becomes increasingly apparent, many of us remain hesitant to enter the fray. Some are aware that there are no quick solutions and that real connections take time. Others are afraid to weigh in on politically divisive issues or simply uncertain how, when, or if to make the jump. As history practitioners and history organizations encounter increasingly pressing and even dire challenges in our communities and within the field, the question remains:

What are we waiting for?

This question serves as our theme for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) 2019 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Depending on the work at hand, our response to the question will vary. It might serve as a call to action, a challenge to embrace difficult work now. It might also serve as a cautious whisper, a reminder to slow down and get it right. Although different issues warrant different responses, consideration of the question is essential in light of the challenges our field, communities, nation, and planet are facing.

In the spirit of this theme, the Program Committee seeks proposals that:

  • Engage intentionality around advancing or pausing initiatives.
  • Inspire movement for “stuck” colleagues.
  • Empower AASLH Annual Meeting attendees to address the pressing issues of our time successfully.
  • Provide understanding and tools for “slow growth” in areas where the weight of the issue requires foundational preparation.
  • Encompass a variety of formats that engage Annual Meeting attendees in fun, inspiring, serious, intellectual learning.

Deadline for session proposals is December 7.

Location & Headquarters Hotel

All sessions will be held in the conference hotel:

Philadelphia 201 Hotel

201 North 17th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Booking Information

Room Rate: $169 per night plus tax

Cut-off Date for Reservations: August 5, 2019

Call 1-866-716-8134 and request American Association for State and Local History group rate.

What Are We Waiting For?


In this time of political, social, and cultural turmoil, history institutions stand poised to connect with their communities and audiences like never before. Rancorous debates over issues like racial violence, immigration, global climate change, mass incarceration, and others divide our communities and the nation. These flashpoint issues also reveal opportunities for the history community to provide context and information to help make sense of modern challenges. History institutions can serve as a refuge from the rapid swirl of the news cycle and offer the restoration, contemplation, and community sought by a tired and disconnected citizenry.

Even as a need for the history community to take action becomes increasingly apparent, many of us remain hesitant to enter the fray. Some are aware that there are no quick solutions and that real connections take time. Others are afraid to weigh in on politically divisive issues or simply uncertain how, when, or if to make the jump. As history practitioners and history organizations encounter increasingly pressing and even dire challenges in our communities and within the field, the question remains:

What are we waiting for?

This question serves as our theme for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) 2019 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Depending on the work at hand, our response to the question will vary. It might serve as a call to action, a challenge to embrace difficult work now. It might also serve as a cautious whisper, a reminder to slow down and get it right. Although different issues warrant different responses, consideration of the question is essential in light of the challenges our field, communities, nation, and planet are facing.

In the spirit of this theme, the Program Committee seeks proposals that:

  • Engage intentionality around advancing or pausing initiatives.
  • Inspire movement for “stuck” colleagues.
  • Empower AASLH Annual Meeting attendees to address the pressing issues of our time successfully.
  • Provide understanding and tools for “slow growth” in areas where the weight of the issue requires foundational preparation.
  • Encompass a variety of formats that engage Annual Meeting attendees in fun, inspiring, serious, intellectual learning.

Sponsor, exhibit, and advertise at the 2019 Annual Meeting.

Connect with the AASLH audience before, during, and after the Annual Meeting. Check out the 2019 Annual Meeting Marketing Kit for a full list of opportunities and contact AASLH Marketing Manager Darah Fogarty (fogarty@aaslh.org) with questions.

Ready to get involved? Submit the order form to Darah Fogarty.

2019 Annual Meeting Marketing KitOrder Form

Annual Meeting Scholarships

There are several opportunities for scholarships to attend the AASLH Annual Meeting.

Applications will open in 2019.


AASLH Small Museums Scholarship 

The AASLH Small Museums Community offers scholarships for individuals to attend the AASLH Annual Meeting. These scholarships are available to a full or part-time paid or volunteer employee of a small museum (annual budget of up to $250,000). The scholarships cover the cost of the conference registration and the Small Museums Luncheon, with any remaining funds to offset travel and/or lodging expenses. The scholarships are open to AASLH individual members or people working for institutional members and is a benefit of membership. Deadline is June 20.


AASLH Douglas Evelyn Scholarship for Diversity 

The Evelyn Scholarship is named in honor of Douglas Evelyn, AASLH president from 1992-1994, and recognizes Evelyn’s strong support of AASLH’s professional development mission. A primary objective of the Douglas Evelyn Scholarship is to increase racial or ethnic diversity at the AASLH annual meeting and in all of the association’s programs. Scholarships includes annual meeting registration fee, a one-year individual membership in AASLH, and $700 toward travel and hotel expenses. Deadline is July 1


Full-time Students

It’s not a scholarship, but full-time students can receive free registration to the AASLH Annual Meeting in exchange for working two four-hour shifts during the meeting. Volunteer opportunities include monitoring sessions, distributing session evaluations, assisting with transportation to evening events, and more. Contact Natalie Flammia for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a collection of questions asked often as the Annual Meeting approaches. Please note that registration for the 2019 Annual Meeting is not open. Registration will open spring of 2019. 


How do I register? There are two ways to register:

  • Online
  • Fax or mail the registration form

I am a staff member of an Institutional Member, what do I need? You need your Institution’s membership number to receive membership rates.

I need to register someone other than myself for the Annual Meeting. Can I use my username and password to register them? No. Each attendee will need to register themselves with a unique username and password.

I forgot my username and password to register. Visit our log in page and choose to reset your password.

I need a receipt. Send an email to info@aaslh.org to request a receipt.

How much should I budget for the Annual Meeting? The following ranges should help you prepare your budget. Your final fees will depend on your travel expenses, how many ticketed events you attend, and how many days you attend.

  • Registration fees: Vary. Full conference registration member rates begin at $250
  • Event fees: $50 and up
  • Hotel fees: Between $129-$179
  • Travel fees: vary depending on your location

Refunds on evening events and tours. Email your cancellation to info@aaslh.org with your name, the event, and reason for cancellation. A refund may be issued if applicable. Please refer to the cancellation policy in the program guide.

Can I purchase event tickets or any other paid events onsite? Yes, if tickets are still available you can purchase onsite for any event or tour. It’s always best to purchase your ticket(s) in advance.

I am a one-day speaker and I plan to attend only on the day that I am speaking. Do I need to fill out a registration form and pay registration fees? Yes, everyone who attends the conference needs to fill out a registration form and pay for their registration.

Who is considered a “guest” on the registration form? Anyone who accompanies you to the Annual Meeting that is not going to attend any sessions or workshops. A “guest” may attend the tours and evening events and will need a name badge for that purpose. Please be sure that you list the name of your guest(s) in the “Guest’s name” field on your registration form.

Will I be included in the Attendee directory that is sent out to all attendees prior to the annual meeting? Yes, all attendees will be included in this directory as long as your registration is received 3 weeks before the annual meeting. However, if you check the box “Please exclude me from the attendee directory ” on the registration form, you will not be included in the directory.

I have a “complimentary” registration because I am an exhibitor, a host site, or a volunteer. Can I register on your website? Exhibitors may register online with the promo code provided to them. Host sites and volunteers need to mail or fax a completed registration form to us.

We received coupon(s) from AASLH, can I register on your website and use them? No, you will need to mail or fax a completed registration form to us and include a copy of the coupon(s). If you are provided with a promo code, you may use that to register online.

Policies


Registration Deadlines
Early Bird Registration–Tuesday July 9, 2019
Preregistration Deadline–Friday July 26, 2019
If you are unable to register by mail before the preregistration deadline (Friday, July 26) plan to register on-site in Philadelphia. Registrations received by the AASLH office after July 26 will be taken to the meeting and treated as on-site registrations.

One-Day Tickets and On-Site Registrations
One-day registrations received by the AASLH office after July 26 will be taken to the meeting and treated as on-site registrations. One-day tickets are valid only for the day of issue for program sessions, general sessions, coffee breaks, and admission to the exhibit hall. On-site registrations will be available.

Student Volunteers
Any full-time student who is a member of AASLH may volunteer to work eight hours during the Annual Meeting in exchange for a complimentary full meeting registration. Each
volunteer will be assigned to work two, four-hour shifts during the meeting. For more information on student volunteer opportunities, please contact Natalie Flammia at flammia@aaslh.org

Special Events, Workshops, and Laboratories
Tickets are available in advance and require preregistration. AASLH reserves the right to cancel workshops, labs, and special events if minimum numbers are not met. Refunds will be made after the meeting for any canceled event.

Program Updates
Attendees will receive a program update at the registration desk with any program or activity changes. The update will also list meeting room locations for all sessions and activities. In addition, AASLH will be offering a free conference app to keep attendees informed of any updates or changes. AASLH reserves the right to make changes in programming as necessary.

Accessibility
AASLH is committed to providing access to all individuals attending the Annual Meeting. Please mark the appropriate box on the registration form if you have special needs that require our consideration. Send your request to AASLH no later than July 26 so that we have adequate time to prepare for your accommodations.

Cancellation/Refunds
All cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations postmarked on or before July 26 will be subject to a $55 processing charge on the canceled registration fee and a 50% cancellation fee on all special events, including workshops. No refunds for registration, workshops, and special events will be made after July 26. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed, emailed, or faxed but never received. If you do not receive confirmation from AASLH within three weeks, please contact the AASLH office at 615- 320-3203 or membership@aaslh.org.

Waiver and Photo Release
By submitting a registration for the AASLH Annual Meeting, you authorize AASLH to use, reproduce, and/or publish photographs and/or video that may pertain to you–including your image, likeness, and/or voice without compensation. AASLH may use this material in various publications, recruitment materials, or for other related endeavors in print and online, including the AASLH website and email correspondence. You also agree that you are not aware of health or medical conditions preventing your safe participation in the activities for which you register, and release and discharge AASLH, their respective affiliates and subsidiaries, as well as any event sponsor, jointly and severally, from any and all liability, damages, costs (including attorney fees), actions or causes of action related to or arising from or out of your participation in or preparation of any of the events for which you register.


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The 2020 AASLH Annual meeting will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 23-26.

Check back for more information about upcoming Annual Meetings.