Donate to AASLH
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.
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko Memorial Fund
The outpouring of support for Cinnamon’s family and interest in honoring her legacy has been overwhelming.
On behalf of Cinnamon’s beloved husband Larry and son Jacob, we are announcing a fund to memorialize the breadth and depth of Cinnamon’s generational impact on museums, historic sites, and public history. The fund will be housed at the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), an organization Cinnamon served and engaged with in numerous ways throughout her career.
Cinnamon will be best remembered because she used her power to change lives, inspire movements, and challenge the status quo for the better. She worked in museums and with professional associations for more than twenty years. Since 2001, she has led institutional change as the director of museums such as the Abbe Museum and Illinois State Museum. She also has been part of the vanguard of systemic change across the field: raising funds and creating tools for small museums and historic sites; working tirelessly on decolonization efforts; and sharing knowledge and experience through board service, talks in national settings, and transformative publications she authored or edited including, most recently, The Inclusive Museum Leader (2021).
Cinnamon’s impact truly transcends any one organization or community. Though the fund will be held at AASLH, the purpose will advance Cinnamon’s legacy of transformational change across our field.
You may contribute to the memorial fund with an online donation using the button below.
Or by sending your contribution to
AASLH, 2021 21st Ave South Ste. 320, Nashville, TN 37212.
Please be sure to write: “Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko Memorial Fund” in the check memo and/or in an accompanying note.
“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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
President & Executive Director, Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Bucks County Historical Society
“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
Executive Director, Mexican American Civil Rights Institute
Co-Chair, Latinos in Heritage Conservation
Our Legacy Society recognizes individuals and couples who plan to make future gifts through their estates to support AASLH’s work. For more than eighty years AASLH has helped the history community to thrive, and, with your help, this will be our mission long into the future. A planned gift today ensures the legacy of our members’ efforts to advance the history field.
Legacy gifts are a crucial part of AASLH’s new five-year campaign to help small and large history organizations prepare to take full advantage of the U.S. Semiquincentennial, and to use the buildup to this significant anniversary to emphasize inclusive and relevant work by history organizations. AASLH’s campaign will enable it to help organizations across the country do more inclusive history, foster critical thinking, and be more central to important conversations in their communities. Legacy Society pledges will guarantee this vital work continues long after the 250th in 2026.
We are grateful to the donors who have already joined the Legacy Society and invite you to consider making a commitment today.
You may remember AASLH in your will:
- by designating AASLH as beneficiary of your will or trust;
- by designating AASLH as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy;
- through the gift of a pension, IRA or other retirement plan proceeds;
- by remembering others through memorial gifts; and
- through the gift of securities and real estate.
Estate planning contributions are 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.