Affinity Community: 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 others who practice history.

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 (link to 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
[email protected]

Amanda Higgins, Vice-Chair (2018-2020)
Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY
[email protected]

Jennifer Ortiz, Secretary (2019-2021)
Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Salt Lake City, UT
[email protected]

Laura Casey (2019-2021)
Texas Historical Commission, Austin, TX
[email protected]

Emily Huebner (2019-2021)
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, Frederick, MD
[email protected]

Todd Mahon (2018-2020)
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
[email protected]

Anastasia Matijkiw (2018-2020)
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, PA
[email protected]

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

Jeanette Rooney (2018-2020)
Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN
[email protected]

AASLH Staff Contact
Bethany Hawkins
[email protected]
615-320-3203

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ListServ

To stay up to date with Field Services Alliance activities, join the listserv by emailing [email protected]

Facebook Group

To join the Field Services Alliance conversation, join the Facebook Group.

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 organizations.

State Organization Website Email or Contact List Phone
Alabama Alabama Department of Archives & History https://archives.alabama.gov/
Alaska Alaska State Museum
Arizona Museum Association of Arizona http://www.azmuseums.org/ [email protected]
Arkansas Arkansas Historical Association http://arkansashistoricalassociation.org/ [email protected] 479-575-5884
Arkansas The Department of Arkansas Heritage http://www.arkansasheritage.com/
California Balboa Art Conservation Center [email protected] 619.236.9702
California California Association of Museums [email protected] (831) 471-9970
Colorado Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums https://www.cwam-us.org/ https://www.cwam-us.org/contact/
Colorado History Colorado | Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation and the State Historical Fund https://www.historycolorado.org/ https://www.historycolorado.org/contact-us 303.447.8679
Connecticut Connecticut Humanities http://www.cthumanities.org [email protected] 860-937-6535
Connecticut Connecticut League of History Organizations http://www.clho.org/ [email protected] 860-832-2674
Delaware
Florida Florida Association of Museums https://www.flamuseums.org/ [email protected] 850-222-6028
Georgia Georgia Association of Museums & Galleries http://www.gamg.org/ [email protected] 770-853-7539
Georgia LYRASIS https://www.lyrasis.org/
Hawaii
Idaho Idaho State Historical Society https://history.idaho.gov/ https://history.idaho.gov/contact/ 208.334.2682
Illinois Illinois Association of Museums http://www.illinoismuseums.org/ [email protected]
Illinois Illinois Heritage Association https://illinoisheritage.org/ [email protected] (217) 359-3781
Illinois Illinois Humanities https://www.ilhumanities.org/
Indiana Indiana Historical Bureau https://www.in.gov/history/ [email protected] (317) 232-2535
Indiana Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society https://indianahistory.org/across-indiana/local-history-services/ [email protected] (317) 234-0170
Iowa Iowa Museum Association [email protected] 319-239-2236
Iowa State Historical Society of Iowa [email protected] 515-281-4006
Kansas Kansas Museums Association
Kentucky Kentucky Heritage Council https://kentucky.gov/Pages/home.aspx 502-564-7005
Kentucky Kentucky Historical Society [email protected] 502-564-1792 (general phone number, will connect to Community Engagement Offices)
Kentucky Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance [email protected]
Louisiana Historic New Orleans Collection
Maine
Maryland Maryland Historical Society https://www.mdhs.org/ [email protected] 410-685-3750
Maryland Maryland Historical Trust https://mht.maryland.gov/ [email protected] 410-467-9556
Maryland Maryland Humanities Council https://www.mdhumanities.org/ [email protected] 410-685-0095
Maryland Preservation Maryland https://www.preservationmaryland.org/ [email protected] 410-685-2886
Massachusetts Northeast Document Conservation Center
Michigan Historical Society of Michigan
Michigan Michigan Historical Center
Michigan Michigan Museums Association
Minnesota Midwest Art Conservation Center [email protected] 612-870-3120
Minnesota Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums [email protected] 612-500-7460
Minnesota Minnesota Association of Museums [email protected]
Minnesota Minnesota Historical Society – Local History Services [email protected] 651-259-3492
Minnesota Preservation Alliance of Minnesota [email protected] 651-293-9047
Mississippi Mississippi Department of Archives and History http://www.mdah.ms.gov/new/ [email protected] 601-576-6901
Mississippi Mississippi Humanities Council http://mshumanities.org/ [email protected] 601-432-6753
Missouri Missouri Association for Museums and Archives http://missourimuseums.org/
Missouri Missouri Humanities Council https://www.mohumanities.org/
Montana Montana Historical Society [email protected] 406-444-2694
Nebraska
Nevada Nevada Museums Association [email protected]
New Hampshire New Hampshire Historical Society
New Jersey Advocates for New Jersey History http://anjh.org/ [email protected]
New Jersey County Culture and Heritage (each county has a FS office. You can be directed to your specific office by contacting the person below) [email protected] 732-745-4489
New Jersey New Jersey Historical Commission https://www.nj.gov/state/historical/index.shtml 609-943-3307
New Jersey Preservation New Jersey https://www.preservationnj.org/ [email protected] 609-583-0881
New Jersey South Jersey Cultural Alliance http://www.sjca.net/ [email protected] 609-626-3630
New Jersey New Jersey has 21 field service offices, one in each county of the state.
New Mexico New Mexico Association of Museums http://www.nmmuseums.org/ [email protected]
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 919-814-6800
North Dakota State Historical Society of North Dakota [email protected] 701-328-2666
Ohio Ohio History Connection
Ohio Ohio Museums Association
Oklahoma Oklahoma Museums Association
Oregon Oregon Heritage Commission [email protected] 503-986-0696
Pennsylvania Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts https://ccaha.org/ [email protected] 215-545-0613
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission https://www.phmc.pa.gov/
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Archives https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/
Rhode Island Rhode Island Historical Society
South Carolina South Carolina State Museum [email protected] 803-898-4921
South Dakota South Dakota State Historical Society
Tennessee AASLH https://aaslh.org/ [email protected] 615-320-3203
Tennessee Center for Historic Preservation, MTSU [email protected] 615-898-2947
Tennessee Humanities Tennessee [email protected] 615-770-0006
Tennessee Tennessee Historical Commission 615-532-1550
Tennessee Tennessee State Library and Archives 615-741-2764
Texas Texas Association of Museums
Texas Texas Historical Commission
Utah Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services [email protected] 801-245-7288
Utah Utah Humanities https://www.utahhumanities.org/ [email protected] 801-359-9670
Vermont Vermont History Center
Virginia Virginia Association of Museums 804-358-3170
Washington 4Culture [email protected] 206-296-0405
Washington Washington State Historical Society [email protected] 253-798-5909
Washington DC Foundation for Advancement in Conservation https://www.culturalheritage.org/ [email protected] 202-750-3346
West Virginia West Virginia Archives and History
West Virginia West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society, Local History Services, Office of Programs and Outreach [email protected] (608) 264-6579
Wyoming Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums https://www.cwam-us.org/ https://www.cwam-us.org/contact/