The Emerging History Professionals Affinity Community

The AASLH Emerging History Professionals (EHP) Affinity Community supports, connects, and unites the newest generation of state and local history practitioners.

What is an Emerging History Professional?

Anyone in the early stages of a public history career is an Emerging History Professional. This includes graduate and undergraduate students, hobbyists, early-career professionals, and any other AASLH members who feel that they would benefit from the support offered by this affinity community. We are a new affinity community looking for members and would love for you to get involved!


Our goals include providing support and professional development opportunities for emerging history professionals and creating and maintaining physical and digital spaces where EHPs can meet, discuss ideas, and network. To achieve these goals, we plan to arrange mentoring sessions between EHPs and experienced professionals, offer CV and interview advice, organize networking opportunities, schedule experiential and problem-solving sessions at the annual conferences, and encourage the building of friendships among EHPs.


The AASLH Emerging History Professionals Community is run by the following committee:

Brian Failing, Co-Chair (2015-2021)
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Aurora, IL

Casey Wooster, Co-Chair (2017-2021)
Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez, FL

Lauren O’Brien, Immediate Past Chair (2016-2020)
Rutgers University-Newark, Newark, NJ

Julia Kennedy (2016-2020)
Museum Hack, Newport News, VA

Kyle Mathers (2019-2021)
First Division Museum, Wheaton, IL

Iliana Morton (2019-2021)
Camron-Stanford House, Oakland, CA

Cayla Wagner (2019-2021)
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Aurora, IL

AASLH Staff Contact
Natalie Flammia

Emerging History Professional Resources

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Looking for more? Browse through Emerging History Professional resources in the AASLH Resource Library.

Stay tuned for info on how to get involved!

Stay tuned for more info!