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Donations to our Annual Fund allow us to be responsive to the history community’s needs. Donations power new continuing education programs, efforts to improve diversity and inclusiveness, and help us to promote the relevance of history.

As we prepare for the future, we are filled with excitement. The creativity and passion of AASLH members is evident in every interaction, every email, and every phone call. You provide energy and inspiration the way nothing else can, and AASLH is proud to be your home for history.

Donate to the Annual Fund today. Help build a home for those who practice, appreciate, and love history.

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“Since its inception, AASLH has been a revolutionary force in leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history. As a member of AASLH, the vastness of their resources has been an invaluable asset within my professional journey.”

Ashley Jordan, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Development, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center


Contributions to the AASLH Endowment assure the longevity of the organization and provide annual earned income to help sustain programs and operations. Donations are invested to achieve a balance of long-term security and the more immediate budgetary needs of AASLH in providing leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history.

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“Once upon a time, when AASLH was in deep financial trouble and I was on the executive team of council, we had to ask a hard question, ‘Should we fold the organization?’ It didn’t take long to reach an answer: ‘No, because if we did we would have to start a new one the next day.’ Why? Because we knew we needed a place that focused on history, a place that welcomed all history professions, all institutions large and small, a place of lifelong learning from seasoned experts and newcomers alike.”

Sandra Clark
Director, Michigan History Center
Department of Natural Resources

History Leadership Institute Scholarships

The History Leadership Institute offers two forms of scholarship assistance to help defray the cost of attendance for associates admitted to the class. The Denny O’Toole Scholarship funds need-based scholarships that cover the full cost of attendance, often for associates from small institutions. The Diversity Scholarship helps the program maintain a wide range of backgrounds and experiences among each class. See our program page for more details on the History Leadership Institute.

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“It is important to me to support AASLH’s annual fund, the scholarships for the History Leadership Institute, and conferences, with the intent to help the field by helping someone develop the skills needed to reach their goals and dreams.”

Kyle McKoy
President & Executive Director, Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Bucks County Historical Society

Small Museums Scholarship Fund

The Small Museums Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for individuals employed by small museums to attend the AASLH Annual Meeting.

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“As a museum and public history worker, AASLH has been an important source for professional development, networking, and organizational support. AASLH is one organization that I gladly support with my checkbook and my time.”

Sarah Zenaida Gould, PhD
Interim Executive Director, Mexican American Civil Rights Institute
Co-Chair, Latinos in Heritage Conservation

Legacy Society

Through Estate Planning, Legacy Society donors can make planned gifts in their will or trust, or through a variety of estate planning tools. All estate planning contributions will be deposited into AASLH’s Endowment Fund unless otherwise stated by the donor. If you are interested in speaking with someone at AASLH about estate planning for AASLH, please contact John Dichtl, President & CEO or call 615-320-3203.

Current Legacy Society Members