Field Services Alliance

The Field Services Alliance (FSA) is an organized group of individuals, offices, and agencies that provide training, guidance, and other forms of assistance to local historical societies, archives, libraries, and museums in their respective states or regions. The Field Services Alliance exists to create a forum to share information, provide mutual support and collegiality, and promote scholarship among those who, on a statewide or regional level, offer educational services to local historical organizations and other who practice history.

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Our mission

The Field Services Alliance exists to create a forum to share information, provide mutual support and collegiality, and promote scholarship among those who, on a statewide or regional level, offer educational services to local historical organizations and others who practice history.

Who we are

FSA members are paid staff members of organizations that have and promote an organized, ongoing program for delivery of services to small, grassroots history organizations. If your historical organization needs assistance, contact the field services office in your state by referring to the Agent Listing tab.

What we do

The types of services that individual Field Services offices vary, but can include:

  • Workshops and webinars geared toward the operation of museums
  • Onsite visits and consultations
  • Grant programs
  • Technical resources and documents
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Supply kits
  • Assessments
  • Network-building opportunities
  • And much more

The Field Services Alliance meets twice yearly – once for an annual Spring Training (hosted by a Field Service office at a different location each year) and once at the AASLH Annual Meeting. In addition, the Field Services Alliance offers an FSA Tips session each year during the annual meeting on a topic geared towards small museums.

Our history

In July 1988, a group convened in Chicago by AASLH as the Field Services Task Force agreed to continue meeting to discuss mutual interests and concerns. Born of that decision was a collaboration among a small group of public historians which has evolved into an active group of field services representatives who share ideas, resources, and strategies for their work to support local history organizations and practitioners.

Committee

The Field Services Alliance is led by the following committee:

Samantha Forsko, Chair (2018-2020)
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, PA
sforsko@ccaha.org

Amanda Higgins, Vice-Chair (2018-2020)
Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY
amanda.higgins@ky.gov

Jennifer Ortiz, Secretary (2019-2021)
Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Salt Lake City, UT
jenniferortiz@utah.gov

Laura Casey (2019-2021)
Texas Historical Commission, Austin, TX
laura.casey@thc.texas.gov

Emily Huebner (2019-2021)
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, Frederick, MD
emily@heartofthecivilwar.org

Todd Mahon (2018-2020)
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
todd.mahon@mnhs.org

Anastasia Matijkiw (2018-2020)
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, PA
amatijkiw@dhpsny.org

Chieko Phillips (2019-2021)
4Culture, Seattle, WA

Jeanette Rooney (2018-2020)
Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN
jrooney@indianahistory.org

AASLH Staff Contact
Alex Collins
collins@aaslh.org
615-320-3203

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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

Looking for help?

FSA members are paid staff members of organizations that have and promote an organized, ongoing program for delivery of services to small, grassroots history organizations.

If your historical organization needs advice or technical assistance, please contact the field services office in your state. Additionally. you’ll find national resources below the state listings as well as a list of interested colleagues who aren’t directly associated with a field service office but are willing to assist local organization

State

Organization

Website

Email or Contact List

Phone

Alabama

Alabama Department of Archives & History

Alaska

Alaska State Museum

Arizona

Museum Association of Arizona

Arkansas

Arkansas Historical Association

Arkansas

The Department of Arkansas Heritage

California

Balboa Art Conservation Center

California

California Association of Museums

Colorado

Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums

Colorado

History Colorado | Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation and the State Historical Fund

Connecticut

Connecticut Humanities

Connecticut

Connecticut League of History Organizations


Delaware


Florida

Florida Association of Museums

Georgia

Georgia Association of Museums & Galleries

Georgia

LYRASIS

Hawaii

Idaho

Idaho State Historical Society

Illinois

Illinois Association of Museums

Illinois

Illinois Heritage Association

Illinois

Illinois Humanities

Indiana

Indiana Historical Bureau

Indiana

Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society

Iowa

Iowa Museum Association

Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa

Kansas

Kansas Museums Association

Kentucky

Kentucky Heritage Council

Kentucky

Kentucky Historical Society

502-564-1792 (general phone, will connect to Community Engagement Offices)

Kentucky

Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance

Louisiana

Historic New Orleans Collection

Maine

Maryland

Maryland Historical Society

Maryland

Maryland Historical Trust

Maryland

Maryland Humanities Council

Massachusetts

NEDCC Northeast Document Conservation Center

Michigan

Historical Society of Michigan

Michigan

Michigan Historical Center

Michigan

Michigan Museums Association

Minnesota

Midwest Art Conservation Center

Minnesota

Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums

Minnesota

Minnesota Association of Museums

Minnesota

Minnesota Historical Society – Local History Services

Minnesota

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Textcgardner@mdah.ms.gov (no general office contact, do not really have a true FS office)

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

cgardner@mdah.ms.gov  (no general office contact, do not really have a true FS office)

Mississippi

Mississippi Humanities Council
srockoff@mhc.state.ms.us (no general office contact, this is the ED’s email)

Missouri

Missouri Association for Museums and Archives

Missouri

Missouri Humanities Council

Montana

Montana Historical Society


Nebraska

Nebraska Museums Association

Nevada

Nevada Museums Association

New Hampshire 

New Hampshire Historical Society

New Jersey
Advocates for New Jersey History
New Jersey

TextCounty Culture and Heritage (each county has a FS office. You can be directed to your specific office by contacting them).

New Jersey

New Jersey Historical Commission

New Jersey

Preservation New Jersey

New Jersey

South Jersey Cultural Alliance

New Mexico

New Mexico Association of Museums


New York

Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York

New York

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

New York

Great Hudson Heritage Network

New York

Western New York Association


North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

North Dakota

State Historical Society of North Dakota

Ohio

Ohio History Connection


Ohio

Ohio Museums Association

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Museums Association

Oregon

Oregon Heritage Commission

Pennsylvania

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Archives


Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Historical Society

South Dakota
South Dakota State Historical Society


Tennessee

AASLH

Tennessee
Center for Historic Preservation, MTSU

Tennessee

Humanities Tennessee

Tennessee

Tennessee Historical Commission

Tennessee

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Texas

Texas Association of Museums

Texas

Texas Historical Commission

Utah

Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services

Utah

Utah Humanities

Vermont

Vermont History Center

Virginia

Virginia Association of Museums

Washington

4Culture

Washington

Washington State Historical Society

Text

Washington DC

Foundation for Advancement in Conservation

West Virginia

Wisconsin Historical Society, Local History Services, Office of Programs and Outreach

Wyoming

Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums