AASLH America 250 Programming Handbook Now Available

The American Association for State and Local History is pleased to announce the publication of the 250th Anniversary Program Handbook, our latest resource to help state and local history organizations prepare for the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026.

This publication features more than 30 low-cost program ideas specifically geared towards smaller organizations to provide them with practical program suggestions they can use.

The handbook includes ideas for:

  • K – 12 and youth programs
  • Inviting your community to share their stories and learn from each other
  • Expanded tour offerings
  • Reimagining exhibitions
  • Social and digital media
  • Civic engagement
  • History-themed gatherings

In addition, the handbook also includes:

  • A checklist with steps on how to design audience-centered programs that align with your mission
  • Advice on how to ensure that everyone in your community sees their history represented at your organization
  • Recommendations on collaborating with other organizations or groups in your community

AASLH is thankful for the support of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, which has made this resource possible.

You can find additional resources to help you prepare for the 250th at aaslh.org/250.