AASLH 2022 Virtual Conference

#AASLH2022 Right Here, Right Now: The Power of Place

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AASLH offers two conferences: the in-person Annual Conference and the Virtual Conference. Both conferences share the same theme but have different programs. The 2022 AASLH Annual Conference will be held September 14-17 in Buffalo, New York and the 2022 Virtual Conference on November 1-3.

From Plymouth Rock to Ellis Island to Wounded Knee, history is powerfully embedded in our sense of place. Place offers a powerful lens through which we can view the past, challenging us to think beyond our modern cityscapes to consider the full history of the space we now call the United States.

Our conference theme, Right Here, Right Now: The Power of Place, suggests many questions. What place is important to you? To your community? Do you see these stories reflected in your museums, historic sites, and the local cultural sector? Who decides what places are saved or interpreted and what ends up being worth saving? Answers to these questions trace back to who is at the table when discussing memorializing an event in history or a place in time, who holds authority in decision making processes, structures of power that often go unseen or unaddressed.

What is the AASLH Virtual Conference?

The Virtual Conference is designed to be an inspirational and informative experience, with flexibility for incorporating emerging issues and broad reach for bringing in more voices. The Virtual Conference is more accessible for many people because of its lower financial and time cost, which makes it possible to include a larger percentage of our members and nonmembers around the country. We can also be more responsive to crucial topics that emerge for the field in the months and weeks beforehand. Participants will be encouraged in multiple ways to connect with each other, build their networks, and to continue discussions outside of sessions. Happy hours and discussion groups, for example, will be scheduled for this purpose.

Details about Brown Bag and Happy Hour sessions will be added in the coming weeks.

Last updated 7/13/2022.

What is the AASLH Annual Conference

The AASLH Annual Conference is an in-person experience that engages and connects history professionals and volunteers and inspires them in their work. We encourage every attendee’s full participation in the sessions, workshops, tours, and discussions. Each session type is categorized so that attendees can see the level of participation it involves. Before you propose a session, think carefully about how it will engage your audience.

We hope the Annual Conference becomes a transformative moment for all, a chance to go deep, to reenergize, to build professional relationships, and to focus on a sense of place and history in the host city. In formal and informal spaces, participants will work through challenging discussions and learn new practices. While there will be an emphasis on communal events to build shared experience, we will offer multiple opportunities for personalized learning, in tours, workshops, and sessions.

Learn more about the 2022 Annual Conference.

Download a PDF of the 2022 AASLH Online Conference schedule. Details about Brown Bag and Happy Hour sessions will be added in the coming weeks.

Last updated 8/8/2022.

If you are interested in being a sponsor, advertising, or exhibiting the 2022 AASLH Virtual Conference, please download this PDF.

To place an order you can call AASLH at 615-320-3203 or email Rey Regenstreif-Harms at regenstreif-harms@aaslh.org.


Meeting Safety & Responsibility Policy

AASLH is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AASLH staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, AASLH staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by this Meeting Safety & Responsibility Policy. This Policy applies to all AASLH meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than AASLH but held in conjunction with AASLH events, in public or private facilities. 

Unacceptable Behavior

AASLH has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment in any form, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. This policy also covers any virtual meetings hosted by the association. 

Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threateningcyber-bullying, or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AASLH staff member, service provider, or other meeting guests. 

Physical or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AASLH staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest or disruption of presentations at sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by AASLH  will not be tolerated. 

 If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, AASLH asks that you inform either John Dichtl, CEO, dichtl@aaslh.org or 615-320-3203 or Bethany Hawkins, Chief of Operations, hawkins@aaslh.org or 615-320-3203 so that we can take the appropriate action. You can also or email council@aaslh.org. 

AASLH reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and AASLH reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting. 

Based on guidelines from the American Society of Society Executives, https://annual.asaecenter.org/meetingsafety.cfm. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the 2022 AASLH Annual Conference and the 2022 AASLH Virtual Conference the same thing?
No. Starting in 2021, AASLH started offering two experiences joined under one theme. The 2022 theme is Right Here, Right Now: The Power of Place. The onsite Annual Conference is designed to be more participatory and connect attendees to the location and each other. The virtual conference is designed to provoke, inspire, and inform. Sessions were chosen by the program committee for each experience depending on the presenter’s goals for the session.

How do I register?
There are two ways to register:

  • Online
  • Fax or mail the registration form

I am a staff member of an Institutional Member, what do I need?
You need your Institution’s membership number to receive membership rates.

I need to register someone other than myself. Can I use my username and password to register them?
No. Each attendee will need to register themselves with a unique username and password.

I forgot my username and password to register.
Visit aaslh.org, click Membership Center in the upper right corner, and click the link to reset your password.

I need a receipt.
Send an email to info@aaslh.org to request a receipt.

I am a one-day speaker and I plan to attend only on the day that I am speaking. Do I need to fill out a registration form and pay registration fees?
Yes, everyone who attends the conference needs to fill out a registration form and pay for their registration.

Will I be included in the Attendee directory that is sent out to all attendees prior to the annual meeting?
Yes, all attendees will be included in this directory as long as your registration is received three weeks before the Virtual Conference. However, if you check the box “Please exclude me from the attendee directory ” on the registration form, you will not be included in the directory.

I have a “complimentary” registration because I am an exhibitor, a host site, or a volunteer. Can I register on your website?
Exhibitors may register online with the promo code provided to them. Host sites and volunteers need to mail or fax a completed registration form to us.

We received coupon(s) from AASLH. Can I register on your website and use them?
No, you will need to mail or fax a completed registration form to us and include a copy of the coupon(s). If you are provided with a promo code, you may use that to register online.