The 2018 AASLH Annual Meeting: Truth or Consequences

Join 1,000 public history professionals and volunteers September 26-29 at the 2018 AASLH Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, and experience four days of learning, collaboration, networking, and inspiration.

The AASLH Annual Meeting is known for practical sessions, takeaways galore, hallway conversations, unmatched evening events, new life-long friendships, intensive workshops, and the inspiration that comes from being around other history-doers.

Online registration for the 2018 Annual Meeting is now closed. Registration will be available onsite in Kansas City.

Already thinking about 2019?

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will present its 2019 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 28-31, in partnership with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Deadline for submissions is December 7.

AASLH is now accepting proposals for sessions and workshops. Click the button below to learn more.

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Online registration is closed.

Check out the 2018 Preliminary Program to see sessions, tours, and workshops. An updated program will be provided at registration.

2018 Preliminary Program  


2018 Registration Rates

Full Meeting Rate Early Bird Rate – Register by Aug 3 Preregistration Rate – Register by Aug 31 Onsite Rate
Member $262 $327 $352
Nonmember $337 $402 $443
Staff of Institutional Partners $262 $262 $287
Full-time Student Member $195 $195 $195
Student Volunteer (Part-time students who are employed full-time do not qualify for the student rate.) Free Free Free


Daily Rate Early Bird Rate – Register by Aug 3 Preregistration Rate – Register by Aug 31 Onsite Rate
One Day: Member $159 $179 $199
One Day: Nonmember $229 $254 $298

Questions about registration? Check out the FAQ tab.


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2018 Preliminary Program

Check out the 2018 Preliminary Program to see sessions, tours, and workshops.


History News, Spring 2018

Author, historian, and 2018 Program Committee Chair Tim Grove ruminates on the 2018 Annual Meeting theme, Truth or Consequences, in the Spring 2018 issue of History News.

Read it here.



2018 Theme: Truth or Consequences

Museums and history sites have been ranked among America’s most trusted institutions in an age where trust continues to erode and truth sometimes becomes murky. Our history organizations maintain the trust if we continue to tell the truth. But what is truth when our work is based on interpretation of the historical evidence and interpretations change? How do people know what to believe?

We in the history field know that truth is based on an underlying complexity and on multiple perspectives and sources. It is our responsibility to help our audiences to see that complexity and to understand how we reach our conclusions based on solid historical research. It is also our responsibility to provide a forum where people can come together to explore the complexity of the past. We demonstrate our relevance to society when we dig into historical evidence, question its validity and provide much-needed historical context in relation to contemporary issues that impact the world around us.

Are there consequences to avoiding the complexity of the past? What do they look like? How is society impacted when we fail to show multiple perspectives and the gray areas of history? What are specific challenges to showing complexity? Are there costs? It is often risky to tell stories people don’t want to hear. Could we do a better job at explaining how we do research and teaching how to be critical thinkers?  What does that look like?

Our host city, Kansas City, offers a rich complexity that permeates its past. From native Missouri, Oto, Kansa and Osage lands, the region became a crossroads of French traders and settlers traveling west on the Oregon, California and Santa Fe trails. The Kansas-Missouri border became the first battlefield of the Civil War, and in many respects the border war continues today. The swirling parade of historical figures includes Latter-day Saints, explorers Lewis and Clark, President Harry Truman, the Kansas City Monarchs Negro Leagues baseball team and stars Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson, and Amelia Earhart from nearby Atchison, Kansas. Its central location led to it becoming the second busiest railroad center in the country, and soon its booming stockyards led to famous Kansas City steak. Kansas City became the center of jazz music. It had no equal, mainly due to the willingness during prohibition of the political boss Tom Pendergast to all alcohol to flow.

And after World War I, Kansas City quickly raised more than $2.5 million in just ten days to build a memorial to honor the Great War. As President Calvin Coolidge noted upon its dedication in 1926, “[The Liberty Memorial] has not been raised to commemorate war and victory, but rather the results of war and victory which are embodied in peace and liberty…. Today I return in order that I may place the official sanction of the national government upon one of the most elaborate and impressive memorials that adorn our country.”

The city has also struggled with racial segregation, and today remains as one of the more segregated U.S. cities. Nationally known developer J.C. Nichols introduced and perfected racial housing restrictions in the 1910s. As Kansas City continued to grow and new suburban housing flourished in neighboring Kansas, federal housing policies cemented the racial segregation. The Johnson County (KS) Museum unravels how that history has impacted the metropolitan region while acknowledging the experiences of its largely white homogenous population.

Today, the city’s heritage unfolds in a wide variety of museums, performing arts, and entertainment venues, a great bar and food scene – and some of the best BBQ in the country. Its creative spirit is captured in its economic and business development. Businesses such as Garmin, Hallmark, H & R Block, and Sprint find their roots there, and spur new businesses and entrepreneurial ventures.

Truth or Consequences is a thread woven through the stories told in many of its cultural institutions – stories found in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Truman Presidential Library, and American Jazz Museum. The National World War I Museum and Memorial plays a proud role in the global centennial commemoration of World War I where Truth or Consequences continues to be examined as the war’s enduring impact continues.

As we face the challenges of teaching truth and revealing complexity and many perspectives, Kansas City serves as a perfect place to gather and learn from each other.

2019 Call for Proposals

The 2018 AASLH Annual Meeting call for proposals is now closed.

The 2019 Annual Meeting call for proposals will open in December of 2018.


The Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is located 19 miles northwest of downtown and the convention center.

All concurrent sessions and exhibit hall will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, MO. Some meal functions, workshops, and receptions will be held at the headquarter hotel, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Registration packet pick up will be at the Kansas City Conference Center.

Kansas City Convention Center
301 West 13th Street, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64105

Kansas City Marriott Downtown SOLD OUT
200 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Rate: $167 per night plus tax.
Cut-off date for reservations is August 26 or when block is full, whichever comes first. The room block will open for reservations in January 2018. 

Overflow Hotel:  

Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
1301 Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO 64105
Rate: $159 per night plus tax
Cut-off date for reservations is September 7 or when block is full, whichever comes first. To reserve a room at the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown, please call 816-474-6664 x7500 and identify yourself as a member of the American Association for State and Local History group.


All About Kansas City

Our host city, Kansas City, offers a rich complexity that permeates its past. From native Missouri, Oto, Kansa and Osage lands, the region became a crossroads of French traders and settlers traveling west on the Oregon, California and Santa Fe trails. The Kansas-Missouri border became the first battlefield of the Civil War, and in many respects the border war continues today.

Learn more

Interested in exhibiting or sponsorship the 2018 AASLH Annual Meeting? Browse the options and fill out an order form.


2018 AASLH Marketing Kit                 2018 Order Form

Exhibiting at the Annual Meeting | $925

  • Exhibit Booth Package includes:
    • 8 x 10 booth space with company sign, 6 ft. skirted table, backdrop, side rail dividers, two chairs, and a wastebasket
    • Two complimentary full-conference registrations for booth staff
    • Pre- and post-attendee mailing list
    • Company name and description in the Onsite Program

View the floorplan and choose your exhibit booth.

For questions or assistance regarding exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, contact Natalie Norris (


Sponsoring the Annual Meeting

Sponsors of the AASLH Annual Meeting get comprehensive brand exposure in programs, on the website, and on conference signage along with a host of other great benefits to help you reach AASLH members and conference attendees. See the 2018 Annual Meeting Marketing Kit for a full list of benefits.

  • Premier Sponsor: $7,500
  • Platinum Sponsor: $5,000
  • Gold Sponsor: $3,000
    • Keynote Sponsor (1)
    • Plenary Address Sponsor (1)
    • Online Conference Sponsor (No limit)
  • Silver Sponsor: $2,000
    • Tote Bag Sponsor (1)
    • Name Badge Lanyard Sponsor (1)
    • CEO Forum Sponsor (1)
    • Evening Event Sponsor (2: Wed and Thur)
  • Bronze Sponsor: $1,500
  • Networking Sponsor: $500
    • Luncheon Sponsors
    • Tour Sponsors
    • Coffee Break Sponsors (4)

Questions? Contact Darah Fogarty (

Print Advertising at the Annual Meeting

  • Advance Program: The Advance Program is a full-color guide to the Annual Meeting mailed to more than 8,000 individuals and organizations, including all AASLH and MMA members.
  • Onsite Program: The Onsite Program is a full-color guide distributed to all conference attendees at registration and carried throughout the entire four-day conference.
Size Dimensions Advance Program Onsite Program
¼ page 3 1/5 x 4 3/4 in. $400 $200
½ page 7 1/2 x 4 7/8 in. $600 $400
Full page 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. $800 $600

Tote Bag Insert

  • Cost: $375
  • Reservation Deadline: August 15, 2018
  • Size:  8.5 x 11 inches or smaller
  • Logistics: Inserts must be delivered to decorators services at the conference location before the Annual Meeting.

Online Conference Marketing

Exhibit at the Online Conference:

  • Cost: $200
  • Logo and link to your organization on the Online Conference website with 50-word company description
  • Logo listed in the exhibitors list during the Online Conference in the virtual community
  • One (1) complimentary Online Conference Pass

Sponsor the Online Conference: $3,000

Annual Meeting Scholarship

There are several opportunities for scholarships to attend the AASLH Annual Meeting.


AASLH Small Museums Scholarship 

The AASLH Small Museums Community offers scholarships for individuals to attend the AASLH Annual Meeting. These scholarships are available to a full or part-time paid or volunteer employee of a small museum (annual budget of up to $250,000). The scholarships cover the cost of the conference registration and the Small Museums Luncheon, with any remaining funds to offset travel and/or lodging expenses. The scholarships are open to AASLH individual members or people working for institutional members and is a benefit of membership. Deadline is June 20.

AASLH Douglas Evelyn Scholarship for Diversity 

The Evelyn Scholarship is named in honor of Douglas Evelyn, AASLH president from 1992-1994, and recognizes Evelyn’s strong support of AASLH’s professional development mission. A primary objective of the Douglas Evelyn Scholarship is to increase racial or ethnic diversity at the AASLH annual meeting and in all of the association’s programs. Scholarships includes annual meeting registration fee, a one-year individual membership in AASLH, and $700 toward travel and hotel expenses. Deadline is July 1.

2018 Kansas City AASLH Diversity scholarships

The 2018 Kansas City Host Committee is pleased to offer fellowships to increase diverse participation at the AASLH Annual Meeting thanks to a generous $20,000 grant from the William T. Kemper Foundation. The scholarship is open to full-time, part-time, and volunteer staff from institutions in the region comprising Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Iowa. Preference will be given to people who expand the diversity of the conference in areas such as ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and organizational capacity to support the conference’s theme “Truth or Consequences.” The scholarship will be provided to cover the Annual Meeting registration fee, additional meeting events, travel, and hotel expenses at the amount of $800 for fellows outside the Kansas City metropolitan area, and $400 within the metropolitan area. Deadline to apply is July 1.

Full-time Students

It’s not a scholarship, but full-time students can receive free registration to the AASLH Annual Meeting in exchange for working two four-hour shifts during the meeting. Volunteer opportunities include monitoring sessions, distributing session evaluations, assisting with transportation to evening events, and more. Contact Terry Jackson for more information.

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

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 for the Annual Meeting. 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 our log in page and choose to reset your password.

I need a receipt. Send an email to to request a receipt.

How much should I budget for the Annual Meeting? The following ranges should help you prepare your budget. Your final fees will depend on your travel expenses, how many ticketed events you attend, and how many days you attend.

  • Registration fees: Vary. Full conference registration member rates begin at $250
  • Event fees: $50 and up
  • Hotel fees: Between $129-$179
  • Travel fees: vary depending on your location

Refunds on evening events and tours. Email your cancellation to with your name, the event, and reason for cancellation. A refund may be issued if applicable. Please refer to the cancellation policy in the program guide.

Can I purchase event tickets or any other paid events onsite? Yes, if tickets are still available you can purchase onsite for any event or tour. It’s always best to purchase your ticket(s) in advance.

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.

Who is considered a “guest” on the registration form? Anyone who accompanies you to the Annual Meeting that is not going to attend any sessions or workshops. A “guest” may attend the tours and evening events and will need a name badge for that purpose. Please be sure that you list the name of your guest(s) in the “Guest’s name” field on your registration form.

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 3 weeks before the annual meeting. 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.

Registration Deadlines
Early Bird Registration–August 3, 2018
Preregistration Deadline–August 31, 2018
If you are unable to register by mail before the preregistration deadline (August 31) plan to register on-site at the Kansas City Convention Center. Registrations received by the AASLH office after August 31 will be taken to the meeting and treated as on-site registrations.

One-Day Tickets and On-Site Registrations
One-day registrations received by the AASLH office after August 31 will be taken to the meeting and treated as on-site registrations. One-day tickets are valid only for the day of issue for program sessions, general sessions, coffee breaks, and admission to the exhibit hall. On-site registrations will be available.

Student Volunteers
Any full-time student who is a member of AASLH may volunteer to work eight hours during the Annual Meeting in exchange for a complimentary full meeting registration. Each
volunteer will be assigned to work two, four-hour shifts during the meeting. For more information on student volunteer opportunities, please contact Natalie Flammia at

Special Events, Workshops, and Laboratories
Tickets are available in advance and require preregistration. AASLH reserves the right to cancel workshops, labs, and special events if minimum numbers are not met. Refunds will be made after the meeting for any canceled event.

Program Updates
Attendees will receive a program update at the registration desk with any program or activity changes. The update will also list meeting room locations for all sessions and activities. In addition, AASLH will be offering a free conference app to keep attendees informed of any updates or changes. AASLH reserves the right to make changes in programming as necessary.

AASLH is committed to providing access to all individuals attending the Annual Meeting. Please mark the appropriate box on the registration form if you have special needs that require our consideration. Send your request to AASLH no later than August 31 so that we have adequate time to prepare for your accommodations.

All cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations postmarked on or before August 31 will be subject to a $55 processing charge on the cancelled registration fee and a 50% cancellation fee on all special events, including workshops. No refunds for registration, workshops, and special events will be made after August 31. AASLH is not responsible for cancellations that were mailed, emailed, or faxed but never received. If you do not receive confirmation from AASLH within three weeks, please contact the AASLH office at 615- 320-3203 or

Waiver and Photo Release
By submitting a registration for the AASLH Annual Meeting, you authorize AASLH to use, reproduce, and/or publish photographs and/or video that may pertain to you–including your image, likeness, and/or voice without compensation. AASLH may use this material in various publications, recruitment materials, or for other related endeavors in print and online, including the AASLH website and email correspondence. You also agree that you are not aware of health or medical conditions preventing your safe participation in the activities for which you register, and release and discharge AASLH, their respective affiliates and subsidiaries, as well as any event sponsor, jointly and severally, from any and all liability, damages, costs (including attorney fees), actions or causes of action related to or arising from or out of your participation in or preparation of any of the events for which you register.

Register for the 2018 Annual Meeting.

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2019 Annual Meeting
August 28-31
Philadelphia, PA
Theme: What Are We Waiting For?

2020 Annual Meeting
September 23-26
Las Vegas, NV