Religious History

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The Religious History Community

The Religious History Affinity Community 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.

Membership in the community is open to any member of the AASLH community, particularly those with an interest in religious history. The group seeks a broad representation of faith communities, institutions, and geographic locals in order to enhance and diversify its membership. You can read more about our history here.

Raising Awareness

Since the early days of the colonization that would become the United States, religion played a role in crafting the character of both people and places. The Religious History Community works to increase the visibility of the role religion and faith played in state and local history and to provide support to institutions in interpreting and sharing this complex and often volatile aspect of their past.

Religious History Committee

The AASLH Religious History Affinity Community is led by the following committee:

Susan Fletcher, Chair (2020-2022)
The Navigators, Colorado Springs, CO
susan.fletcher@navigators.org

Barbara Franco, Past Chair (2018-2022)
Independent Scholar, Harrisburg, PA
bfranco3@verizon.net

Petra Alsoofy (2017-2021)
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Dearborn, MI
Palsoofy@accesscommunity.org

Gary Boatright, Jr. (2018-2022)
LDS Church Historical Department, Salt Lake City, UT
boatrightgl@ldschurch.org

Lynne Calamia (2018-2022)
Roebling Museum, Roebling, NJ
lynne.calamia@roeblingmuseum.org

Concetta Gibson (2019-2021)
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD
cettargibson@gmail.com

Taffey Hall (2017-2021)
Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Nashville, TN
taffey@sbhla.org

Jean Kilheffer Hess (2019-2021)
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Lancaster, PA
director@lmhs.org

Melody Smith (2020-2022)
Vancouver, WA
melodysmith.x2@gmail.com

Karen Graham Wade (2018-2022)
Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation, Los Alamitos, CA
kgrahamwade@gmail.com

Ivy Weingram (2018-2022)
Philadelphia, PA
ivyweingram@gmail.com

Eric Lewis Williams (2018-2022)
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
williamsEL@si.edu

AASLH Staff Contact
Aja Bain
abain@aaslh.org
615-320-3203

Religious History Forum

Looking for a way to connect with Religious History colleagues across the country? The Religious History Affinity Community discussion forum is a place where history practitioners can ask questions, share advice, and stay up-to-date with their peers. Please click the “Join the Community” button above to be directed to the AASLH Community Center to get involved with the Religious History Affinity Community or click here.

Religious History Resources

Keep up with religious history blogs on the AASLH blog.

Browse religious history resources in the AASLH Resource Center.

Recent religious history publications from AASLH:

Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historic Sites
Edited by Gretchen Buggeln and Barbara Franco
2018

Interpreting American Jewish History at Museums and Historic Sites
By Avi Y. Decter
2016