Emerging History Professionals2020-10-30T12:25:09-04:00

Emerging History Professionals

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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
Aubrey Menich

Emerging History Professional Resources

Read our blog.

Follow us on Twitter.

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

How to Join AASLH Affinity Communities

Can I join an AASLH affinity community using my current account?

Everyone will need an individual AASLH account to join one of the communities. This includes active AASLH individual members, those who have staff accounts at active institutional members, academic student and faculty accounts at active Academic programs, and even nonmember accounts.

Institutional members, including partners, must create staff profiles for their employees, volunteers, and board members if you want them to be able to join and participate in AASLH communities. There is no charge for creating staff profiles and no cap on how many staff profiles can be attached to your institution.

Please refer to the Creating Staff Members Flyer for information on how to add these profiles http://download.aaslh.org/Creating+Staff+Profiles.pdf.

Academic Programs can refer to the Creating Faculty and Student Profiles Flyer to create profiles for people in their programs http://download.aaslh.org/Creating+Faculty+and+Student+Profiles.pdf.

Lapsed AASLH members or people who have never had an AASLH account are welcome to create a nonmember account from the Membership Center page. There is no charge for creating a nonmember account.

Signing in to the AASLH Membership Center

To sign in to your individual account, go to https://aaslh.site-ym.com/login.aspx to login to the Membership Center. Links to reset your password or join AASLH are also available at that page. If you do not remember your username please email membership@aaslh.org.

Once logged in, choose the Communities tab to navigate to the community you would like to join. There is no limit to how many Affinity Communities you join. A community showing 0 registered members will still have members, this message appears because AASLH does not share members’ contact information with other members in the Membership Center.

To join the group, select Join Group at the top of the page. You will then be able to participate in the forum discussions. Even if you do not plan on participating in the forums, we recommend you join the Community so you don’t miss out on important community announcements

Stay tuned for more info!

Contact Info

2021 21st Ave S., Suite 320 Nashville, TN 37212

Phone: 615-320-3203

Fax: 458 761-9562

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