The Educators and Interpreters Community

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 and Interpreters Community is committed to helping paid and unpaid history professionals create quality history educational. By promoting best practices, sharing resources, and providing opportunities to network, the community creates a foundation on which all professionals can build and grow.

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.


The Educators and Interpreters Affinity Community is led by the following committee:

Megan Wood, Chair (2013-2019)
Ohio History Connection

Anna Altschwager (2017-2019)
Wisconsin Historical Society

Kate Betz (2013-2019)
Bullock Texas State History Museum

Christy Crisp (2015-2019)
Georgia Historical Society

Mark Howell (2018-2020)
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Sarah Jencks (2016-2020)
Ford’s Theatre Society

Jacqueline Langholtz (2015-2019)

Nicole Moore (2016-2020)
The Center for Civil and Human Rights

Ani Simmons (2018-2020)
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Bridgitt Zielke (2017-2019)
Kohler Foundation

Keep up with education and interpretation blogs on the AASLH blog.

Looking for more? Browse education and interpretation resources in the AASLH Resource Center.


AASLH Staff Contact

Aja Bain

Stay tuned for information on joining our community!

Creating Better Citizens

Education in and interpretation of local history is vital. Local historical organizations have an important role to play in educating the community about its place in history, as well as enhancing communities through education.

Why History Matters

History organizations are foremost educational institutions and are leaders in preserving, researching, and interpreting traces of the American past to connect the people, thoughts, and events of yesterday with the creative memories and abiding concerns of people, communities, and our nation today.

Why is our work important? Perhaps Peter N. Stearns said it best in his essay for the American Historical Association, “Why Study History?

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