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.

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

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.

The Field Services Alliance is led by the following committee:

Samantha Forsko, Chair (2018-2020)
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

Amanda Higgins, Vice-Chair (2018-2020)
Kentucky Historical Society

Jennifer Ortiz, Secretary (2017-2019)
Utah Division of Arts and Museums

Jason Allen (2017-2019)
New Jersey Council for the Humanities

Laura Casey (2017-2019)
Texas Historical Commission

Todd Mahon (2018-2020)
Minnesota Historical Society

Anastasia Matijkiw (2018-2020)
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

Jeanette Rooney (2018-2020)
Indiana Historical Society

Megan van Frank (2015-2019)
Utah Humanities Council

Andy Verhoff (2018-2020)
Ohio History Connection

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.

 

Field Services Alliance Resources

Read our blog.

Sign up for our listserv.

Want to know more about FSA? Check out the following documents:

Browse through Field Services Alliance resources and others in the AASLH Resource Library.