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 (2018-2020)
Richard Josey (Assistant Chair), Collective Journeys, LLC (2018-2020)
Omar Eaton-Martinez, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (2018-2020)
Enimini Ekong, Nicodemus National Historic Site (2018-2020)
Veronica Gallardo, Fort Monroe Authority (2018-2020)
Stacy Klingler, William Butterworth Foundation (2018-2020)
Kimberly Springle, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives (2018-2020)
Chris Taylor, Minnesota Historical Society (2018-2020)
Dennis A. Vásquez, Petroglyph National Monument (2018-2020)

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

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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)

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.


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 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.

Bill Adair, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (2017-2019)
Marian Carpenter, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (2017-2019)
Leigh Grinstead, LYRASIS (2017-2019)
Nicola Longford, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (2017-2019)
Maggie Marconi, Ohio History Connection (2018-2020)
Erin Richardson, Erin Richardson Consulting (2018-2020)
Adam Scher, Virginia Historical Society (2017-2019)
Sally Yerkovich (chair), Seton Hall University (2017-2019)
John Fleming (Ex Officio), National Museum of African American Music

Cherie Cook, AASLH
John Dichtl, AASLH

Affinity Communities

Affinity Communities are 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. Through AASLH and these communities, members stay up-to-date with developments and trends in their area and create programming that serves their audience in the form of Annual Meeting sessions, webinars, in-person workshops, and more. They also advocate for the value of their area to the wider field, and provide guidance for AASLH as we seek to provide meaningful training and resources for these topics. Affinity Communities are where history practitioners gather to learn from, question, guide, and support one another in their work.

Each community is led by a committee of AASLH member volunteers who communicate regularly to steer the agenda, plan events, maintain a web presence and resource library, and facilitate communication with the wider group, with AASLH staff and Council, and with the field as a whole.

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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)

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
Jonna V. Brace, Arizona State Parks & Trails
Monica Drake, Heritage Village
Omar Eaton-Martinez, Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation
Mindi Love, Johnson County Museum
Antone Pierucci, Riverside County Parks
Michel Podkowa, DuPage County Historical Museum
Kelby Rose, Elkhart County Parks
Amanda Vance, Texas City Museum
Laura Willoughby, City of Newport News Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Cherie Cook, AASLH

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

The purpose of the Sustainability Task Force is to survey current and needed practice to make recommendations to the AASLH Council on how to support and guide the field as it incorporates environmental sustainability and climate work, internally and externally, to reflect standards of responsible stewardship.

Jerry Foust, Ph.D. (co-chair), Dumbarton House
Sarah Sutton (co-chair), Sustainable Museums
Lisa Erikson, Lisa Eriksen Consulting
Jeremy Linden, Linden Preservation Services
Douglas Worts, World Views Consulting

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 Grim, 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