Our numerous, hardworking committees are powered by active AASLH members who help keep the organization and the field on track with core constituencies, critical issues, and vital functions. AASLH’s Chair of Council, in consultation with the committee chairs, makes all committee appointments in July-August. Committee terms commence October 1, and most committee terms are for two years. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact the chair of that committee. View the latest version of the committee handbook here.

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 success of the 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.


Cathy Fields (Chair), Litchfield Historical Society
Mindi Love, Johnson County Museum
David Simmons, Billings Farm and Museum
John Dichtl (Ex Officio), AASLH
Norman Burns (Ex Officio), Conner Prairie

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee advises the Council on ways to build diversity and inclusion (racial/ethnic, cultural, dis/ability, and sexual identity) in the field of history and within the AASLH itself.

Richard Josey (Chair), Collective Journeys, LLC (2018-2022)
Marian Carpenter (Vice-Chair), Conner Prairie (2018-2022)
Abbie Diaz, Wisconsin Maritime Museum (2021-2023)
John Dichtl (Ex officio), AASLH
Omar Eaton-Martinez, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (2018-2022)
Enimini Ekong, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (2018-2022)
Veronica Gallardo, Fort Monroe Authority (2018-2022)
Jennifer Kilmer, Washington State Historical Society (2021-2023)
Stacy Klingler, Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House (2018-2022)
Jina Lee, National Museum of African American History (2021-2023)
Lopez Matthews, Howard University (2021-2023)

Ashley Bouknight
John Dichtl

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 brainstorm possible book ideas.


Rebecca Shrum, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


Bill Bomar, University of Alabama Museums
Jessica Dorman, Historic New Orleans Collection
Harry Klinkhamer, Venice Museum & Archives
Anne Lindsay, California State University Sacramento
Laura A. Macaluso, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Ann McCleary, University of West Georgia
Porchia Moore, Johns Hopkins University
Debra Reid, The Henry Ford
Laura Roberts, Roberts Consulting
Kelby Rose, Independent
Kimberly Springle, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
William S. Walker, Cooperstown Graduate Program SUNY Oneonta

Aja Bain, AASLH
Charles Harmon, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

The National Awards Committee oversees the work of the AASLH Leadership in History Awards. AASLH bestows Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.

By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Awards serve as an inspiration to others in the field. The committee works with staff to administer the program. Regional chairs represent their respective regions in reviewing nominations from state chairs and submitting nominations to the national level. Each spring, regional chairs meet in Nashville to review award nominations and to pass the results of the judging on to their state reps. Travel is required of the regional chairs to the awards review meeting in Nashville.

AASLH Representatives
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Aja Bain, Program and Publications Manager,, 615-320-3203

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 Nomenclature Committee serves to promote Nomenclature, to assist with its adoption, and to maintain and develop Nomenclature to ensure that it remains responsive to the needs of the profession. The Nomenclature website ( offers the most up-to-date version of the Nomenclature standard, as well as a user guide, terminology submission forms, and other helpful resources. More information about the Nomenclature project can be found here. Terminology is available in both English and French.

Jennifer Toelle (Chair), Smoky Hill Museum (2021-2023)
Marquita Reed, National Museum of African American Music (2019-2021)
Grant Czubinski, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum (2019-2021)
Jean-Luc Vincent, Parks Canada (2021-2022)
Kathleen Byrne, National Park Service (2021-2022)
Alyssa Magnone, Aiken County Historical Museum (2021-2023)
Casey Seger, Great Plains Art Museum, University of Nebraska (2021-2023)
John Hart, Sullivan Museum and History Center ( -2024)
Rosemary Campbell, Contract work with Parks Canada & CHIN, Retired ( -2024)
Heather Dunn, Canadian Heritage Information Network (N/A – Liaison for

The Leadership Nominating Committee works with Council to identify needs of AASLH and gain direction for a slate of officers, Council members, and Leadership Nominating Committee members and develop a slate of candidates.  Members of this committee serve one three-year term only. Interested in serving on Council or the Nominating Committee? Learn more.

Helen Wong Smith, Kaua’i Historical Society (2018-2021)
Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, Cooperstown Graduate Program (2018-2021)
Tramia Jackson (Chair), American Museum of Natural History (2019-2022)
Kwasi Agyemang, Ohio History Connection (2019-2022)
Sue Taylor, New Mexico Museum of Space History (2019-2022)
Kevin Cabrera, College Park Aviation Museum (2020-2023)
Gailyn Lehuanani Bopp, Brigham Young University-Hawaii (2020-2023)
Cristin Waterbury, Dubuque County Historical Society (2020-2023)
Stacy Klingler (Ex Officio, voting; Governance Chair), Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House
John Dichtl (Ex Officio, non-voting; President & CEO), AASLH
John Fleming (Ex Officio, non-voting; Past Chair of Council), National Museum of African-American Music
Norman Burns (Ex Officio, non-voting; Chair of Council), Conner Prairie Museum

Interested in serving on the LNC? Learn more and apply today!

The Finance Committee is chaired by AASLH’s Treasurer and meets via conference call to review financial statements prior to each Council meeting and the annual budget. The committee makes recommendations to staff and the AASLH Council as it sees fit. A majority of committee members must have financial expertise.

Becky Beaulieu (Chair), Florence Griswold Museum
Melissa Bingmann, West Virginia University
Norman Burns (Ex Officio), Conner Prairie
Christy Coleman, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
John Dichtl (Ex Officio), AASLH
David Jannsen, Brucemore, Inc.
Michelle Lanier, North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites and Properties
Steve Murray, Alabama Department of Archives & History
Scott Wands, Connecticut Humanities (2016-2018)


The Governance Committee develops and provides the resources needed to help AASLH identify, recruit, educate, cultivate, utilize, and monitor the leadership needed to create a high-functioning national organization that models best practices for its members and the field.

Stacy Klingler (Chair), Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House (2020-)
Lisa Anderson, Woodbury Art Museum, Utah Valley University (2020-)
Dina Bailey, Mountain Top Vision (2019-2021)
Burt Logan (Ex officio), Ohio History Connection (2020-)
John Fleming (Ex officio), National Museum of African American Music (2020-)
Jeff Matsuoka, Indiana Historical Society (2019-2021)
Jennifer Ortiz, Utah Division of Arts & Museums (2020-)
Alexandra Rasic, Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum (2018-2020)
Gina Vergara-Bautista, Hawaii State Archives (2020-)

The Investment Committee is responsible for evaluating the investment strategies of AASLH’s restricted and unrestricted investments, and making adjustments to the strategies as warranted. Members must have investment experience to some degree.

Ann Toplovich (Chair), Tennessee Historical Society (2016-2021)
Becky Beaulieu (Ex Officio), Florence Griswold Museum (2020-)
Norman Burns (Ex Officio), Conner Prairie
John Dichtl (Ex Officio), AASLH
Pam Garcia, Independent Consultant (2017-2021)
Jennifer Kilmer, Washington State Historical Society (2017-2021)
Stacy Klingler, Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House (2020-)
Dennis A. O’Toole, Cañada Alamosa Institute, Inc. (2013-2021)
Keith Spelmon, Pinnacle Asset Management (2019-2021)

The Standards and Ethics Committee provides ongoing counsel to the Council and President as needed, makes recommendations for policy when required, issues position papers addressing sections of the AASLH Ethics Statement or related issues, acts as content and copy editor, and appoints subcommittee members or a volunteer author as appropriate for the task, reviews and, if necessary, makes recommendations to the AASLH Council to revise the AASLH Professional Ethics Statement, consults with staff when AASLH considers professional expectations or standards within the field, and works with AASLH’s STEPS program; the only national standards program for history organizations.

Erin Richardson (Chair), Frank & Glory Consulting (2018-2021)
Michelle Banks, African American Firefighter Museum (2020-2022)
Chris Goodlett, Kentucky Derby Museum (2020-2022)
Jennifer Huebscher, Minnesota Historical Society (2019-2021)
Trevor Jones, History Nebraska (2019-2021)
Heather Kuruvilla, Kutztown University (2019-2021)
Maggie Marconi, Independent Consultant (2018-2021)
Aimee Newell, National Heritage Museum (2020-2022)
Alex Rasic, Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum (2020-2022)

John Marks, AASLH

Affinity Communities

Affinity Communities—each led by a committee—are broad, informal digital and in-person groups that provide resources, advice, and networking to those interested in particular aspects or niches of public history work. They serve as forums and sounding boards for their members, who work or volunteer with diverse organizations across the country to advance the mission of innovative and inclusive state and local history.

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Task Forces

From time to time, the AASLH chair appoints additional task forces and working groups to accomplish specific goals, usually within a set time frame.

Created in 2015, this group is a means to keep the AASLH Council and staff in closer communication with individuals who know the association, its needs, and its history well. The Emeritus Council consists of all those who have served on the AASLH Council, and currently includes about 150 people. From time to time the AASLH President & CEO and Council seek advice and service from members of the Emeritus Council; for example, with AASLH’s awards, bylaw revisions, advocacy, and strategic planning.

The purpose of the History in Our Parks Task Force is to identify the unique needs and challenges of parks and recreation agencies that care for historic and cultural resources while operating within a system that is not geared towards heritage preservation. In doing this, the task force seeks to gather data on the number of parks and recreation agencies (municipal, county, and others) that care for historic and cultural resources (museums, historic sites, collections, archeological sites, cemeteries, landscapes, etc.), initiate an assessment of their needs and challenges, and explore how AASLH can help through networking, training, and collaborative efforts with other organizations.

Shawn Halifax (Chair), Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission
Joanna Brace, Arizona State Parks & Trails
Monica Drake, Heritage Village
Omar Eaton-Martinez, Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation
Jen Marsh, Williamalane Park and Recreation District
Antone Pierucci, Riverside County Parks
Michelle Podkowa, DuPage County Historical Museum
Amanda Vance, Texas City Museum
Laura Willoughby, City of Newport News Parks, Recreation and Tourism
John Marks, AASLH