Get involved with AASLH.

AASLH is a society of professionals and volunteers with diverse interests. Find an affinity group or committee that matches your specific area of focus so you can easily network with others who share similar job issues and interests. Affinity groups are led by steering committees, but activities are open to all. Activities include meal functions at AASLH Annual Meetings, webinars, Twitter chats, workshops and other training opportunities, and more. Upcoming programs can be found on the AASLH calendar, Dispatch, or social media.

Standing Committees

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.


David Donath (Chair), Billings Farm and Museum (2014-2016)
Cathy Fields, Litchfield Historical Society (2015-2017)
Jeff Matsuoka, Indiana Historical Society (2017-2019)
David Simmons, Billings Farm and Museum (2015-2017)
John Dichtl (Ex Officio), AASLH
Katherine Kane (Ex Officio), Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

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.

Marian Carpenter (chair), The Ringling Museum of Art (2016-2018)
Omar Eaton-Martinez, National Museum of American History (2016-2018)
Enimini Ekong, Brown v Board of Education National Heritage Site (2017-2018)
Veronica Gallardo, Fort Monroe Authority (2016-2018)
Amanda Jasso, Austin Public Library (2017-2018)
Richard Josey, Minnesota Historical Society (2017-2018)
Julia Rose, Homewood Museum (2016-2018)
Kimberly Springle, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives (2017-2018)
Chris Taylor, Minnesota Historical Society (2016-2018)

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 to brainstorm possible book ideas.


Rebecca Shrum, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Anne W. Ackerson, Leading by Design
Bill Bomar, University of Alabama Museums
Jessica Dorman, Historic New Orleans Collection
W. Eric Emerson, South Carolina Department of Archives and History
Tim Grove, National Air and Space Museum
Laura Koloski, Heritage Philadelphia Program
Russell Lewis, Chicago History Museum
Jane Lindsey, Juneau-Douglas City Museum
Ann McCleary, University of West Georgia
Laurie Ossman, The Antiquities Coalition
Laura Roberts, Roberts Consulting
Julie Rose, Homewood Museum
Kimberly Springle, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
William S. Walker, Cooperstown Graduate Program SUNY Oneonta

John Marks, 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

  • Bethany Hawkins, Chief of Operations,, 615-320-3203
  • Aja Bain, Program and Publications Coordinator,, 615-320-3203

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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. One member is appointed by AASLH chair; others are elected by the membership. This committee serves one three-year term only.

Lindsey Baker, Patapsco Heritage Greenway (2016-2019)
Margo Carlock, National Association for Interpretation (2016-2019)
Omar Eaton-Martínez, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (2017-2019)
Helen Wong Smith, Kaua’i Historical Society (2018-2020)
Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, Cooperstown Graduate Program (2018-2020)
Laura Hortz Stanton, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts  (2017-2019)
Joshua Torrance, Woodlawn Museum, Gardens and Park (2016-2019)

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.


Norman Burns (Treasurer), Conner Prairie (2014-2018)
Jody Blakenship, Connecticut Historical Society (2016-2018)
Janet Gallimore, Idaho State Historical Society (2014-2016)
Linnea Grim, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (2016-2018)
Stacy Klinger, Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House (2017-2019)
Kyle McKoy, Indiana Historical Society (2016-2018)
Julia Rose, West Baton Rouge Museum (2014-2018)
Scott Wands, Connecticut Humanities (2016-2018)
John Dichtl (Ex Officio), AASLH
Katherine Kane (Ex Officio), Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

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


Julie Rose, West Baton Rouge Museum (2016-2018)
John Fleming, National Museum of African American Museum (2016-2018)
Kim Fortney, National History Day (2016-2018)
Jane Lindsey, Juneau-Douglas City Museum (2016-2018)
Bill Peterson, Arizona Historical Society (2016-2018)

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.


Brent Ott (Chair), The Henry Ford (2013-2017)
Norman Burns (Treasurer), Conner Prairie (2014-2018)
Jennifer Kilmer, Washington State Historical Society (2017-2019)
Jeff Matsuoka, Indiana Historical Society (2013-2017)
Dennis A. O’Toole, Cañada Alamosa Institute, Inc. (2013-2017)
Ann Toplovich, Tennessee Historical Society (2016-2018)
Marcy Withington, Mystic Seaport Museum (2013-2017)
Anne Woosley, Arizona Historical Society (2016-2018)
John Dichtl (Ex Officio), AASLH
Katherine Kane (Ex Officio), Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

The Professional Standards and Ethics Committee provides ongoing counsel to the Council and President as needed, making recommendations for policy when required, issues position papers addressing sections of the AASLH Ethics Statement or related issues, acting as content and copy editor, and appoint 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.

Nina Zannieri
(Chair), Paul Revere Memorial Association (2013-2017)
Bill Adair, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (2015-2017)
Marian Carpenter, Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (2015-2017)
Leigh Grinstead, LYRASIS (2015-2017)
Nicola Longford, Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (2015-2017)
Tom Pfannenstiel, Minnesota Historical Society (2017-2019)
Donna Sack, Naper Settlement (2013-2017)
Adam Scher, Minnesota Historical Society (2015-2017)
Tobi Voigt, Detroit Historical Society (2015-2017)
Sally Yerkovich, Seton Hall University (2014-2018)
Katherine Kane (Ex Officio), Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Cherie Cook, AASLH
John Dichtl, AASLH

Affinity Groups

Affinity Group Committees provide advice and direction for the development of programs and services that benefit these special niches of the field; and to ensure that AASLH’s programs and services for these organizations are high quality, address identified needs of the membership, and reflect current issues and thinking in the field. Committee members work with and advise the AASLH staff liaison on the development of programs and services for the group. Depending upon interest and availability, members may agree to chair or work on a special project the committee chooses to undertake.

Business history preserves the material culture of corporations and tells the story of American business history as well as community history. This AASLH community is designed for professionals within corporations or corporate museums who collect and interpret history or use history to market corporations, and provides a forum for networking and professional development.

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AASLH’s Educators & Interpreters Community addresses the needs of educators and interpreters in history museums and history organizations as they seek to increase appreciation of community history.

The Educators & Interpreters Committee primary goals are:

  • Seek and promote quality education and interpretation sessions for the AASLH Annual Meeting.
  • Promote education and interpretation best practices by using AASLH resources, including publications, books, and Technical Leaflets.
  • Provide opportunities for networking and resource sharing through the use of social media, beginning with an educators and interpreters blog.
  • Serve as AASLH membership ambassadors by helping recruit and retain individual members.
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The AASLH Emerging History Professionals (EHP) Affinity Community supports, connects, and unites the newest generation of state and local history practitioners.

Their goals include providing support and professional development opportunities for emerging history professionals and creating and maintaining physical and digital spaces where EHPs can meet, discuss ideas, and network. To achieve these goals, they plan to arrange mentoring sessions between EHPs and experienced professionals, offer CV and interview advice, organize networking opportunities, schedule experiential and problem-solving sessions at the annual conferences, and encourage the building of friendships among EHPs.

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The Field Services Alliance (FSA) is an organized group of individuals, offices, and agencies that provide training opportunities, guidance, technical services, and other forms of assistance to local historical societies, archives, libraries, and museums in their respective states or regions.

The Field Services Alliance exists to create a forum to share information, provide mutual support and collegiality, and promote scholarship among those who, on a statewide or regional level, offer educational services to local historical organizations and others who practice history.

FSA members are paid staff members of organizations that have and promote an organized, ongoing program for delivery of services to small, grassroots history organizations. If your historical organization needs assistance, contact the field services office in your state.

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Historic houses are among the most numerous museums in the country and AASLH consistently develops services to meet the needs of historic house museum professionals. AASLH maintains numerous resources for historic house museums and prides itself on having more historic house museums as members than any other professional museum organization.

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The Legal History Community serves those working to preserve and promote legal and court history around the nation in history organizations of all types and sizes. Its members include university faculty, state and federal court historians and educators, law librarians/archivists/researchers, judicial assistants, a U.S. Supreme Court curator, and independent historical societies affiliated with courts such as the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and the Historical Society of the New York Courts.

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Military history is an important subset of the history field. The AASLH Military History Committee provides advice and direction for the development of programs and services that benefit U.S. history institutions with a military focus as well as museums/historic sites with military items in their collections.

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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.

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The Religious History Affinity Group provides a forum in which the history of all faith communities may be shared, understood, and appreciated. Additionally, the group serves as a resource for sharing best practices in research, interpretation, and exhibition of religious history, particularly for those organizations with minimal experience in these areas.

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The Small Museums Community assists America’s small museums in their endeavors, helping to make them stronger and more responsive to their communities. The Committee encourages small museums to share successful strategies in workshops and national meetings and demonstrate what the field can learn from small museums. Through its programming and initiatives, AASLH plans to strengthen the small museum, an important steward of local and national history.

If you’re looking for a place to network with your peers, find answers to questions, explore opportunities to learn, and more, you’ve come to the right place. This community was created by Small Museum professionals and their colleagues.

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The Women’s History Affinity Group is the newest AASLH Affinity Group. It is comprised of those who are interested in presenting and encouraging accurate, compelling, diverse, and often controversial women’s history. The affinity group encourages thoughtful scholarship, curriculum, interpretive content, public and educational programs, and shares best practices and strategies for including women’s history in sites and locations of all sizes.

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Task Forces

From time to time the AASLH chair appoints additional task force to develop the plans for a new program or service such as for strategic planning.

The Advocacy Task Force advises the Council on ways to speak on behalf of the history community, from funding to governmental policy to particular controversial issues.

Leigh Grinstead
Chair, Lyrasis (2017-2018)
Dina Bailey, Mountaintop Vision LLC (2017-2018)
Norman Burns, Conner Prairie (2017-2018)
John Dichtl, AASLH (2017-2018)
Kim Fortney, National History Day (2017-2018)
Janet Gallimore, Idaho State Historical Society (2017-2018)
Sarah Pharaon, International Sites of Conscience (2017-2018)
Scott Wands, Connecticut Humanities Council (2017-2018)

The Creativity and Experimentation Task Force advises the Council on ways that organization can be more a more creative and experimental organization and inspire members and others in the field to be more creative and experimental.

Bill Adair, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage (2016-2017)
Melanie Adams, Minnesota Historical Society (2016-2017)
Leigh Grinstead, Lyrasis (2016-2017)
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Abbe Museum (2016-2017)
Stacia Kuceyseki, Ohio History Connection (2016-2017)
Erin Carlson Mast, President Lincoln’s Cottage (2016-2017)
Linda Norris, Independent Professional (2016-2017)
Sarah Pharaon, International Sites of Conscience (2016-2017)

Organized by NCPH, the Joint Task Force on Public History Education and Employment brings together the American Association for State and Local History, American Historical Association, National Council on Public History, and Organization of American Historians to examine how graduate training is preparing students for professional employment and how to strengthen connections between curriculum and employers’ needs.


Phil Scarpino (2014-present, Co-Chair), NCPH
Dan Vivian (2014-present, Co-Chair), NCPH
Kristen Gwinn-Becker (2015-present), NCPH
David Glassberg (2014-present), OAH
Anthea Hartig (2014-present), OAH
Aidan Smith (2014-present), OAH
Jim Grossman (2014-present), AHA
Scott Stroh (2014-present), AASLH
Jackie Barton (2015-present), AASLH
John Dichtl (2014-present), AASLH

This task force addresses activities, goals, and outcomes for the upcoming 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding, as well as partnerships, and issues of relevance, diversity, and new perspectives.

Jennifer Kilmer, Washington State Historical Society
Linnea Grimm, Monticello
Richard Josey, Minnesota Historical Society
Kevin Cherry, North Carolina Office of Archives & History
Kent Whitworth, Kentucky Historical Society
Gavin Kleespies, Massachusetts Historical Society
Sara Cureton, New Jersey Historical Commission
Jody Blakenship, Connecticut Historical Society
Estevan Rael-Galvez, Creative Strategies 360
Lee White, National Coalition for History
Jim Campi, American Battlefield Trust