The Military History Community
Military history is an important subset of the history field. The AASLH Military History Committee provides advice and direction for the development of programs and services that benefit U.S. history institutions with a military focus as well as museums/historic sites with military items in their collections.
The Military History Community is made up of a dedicated network of professionals committed to providing the best resources for those interested in the care of military artifacts and interpretation of military history at their sites.
Almost every history organization in the country has some affiliation with or attachment to military history. We are here to help ensure that AASLH’s programs and services for these organizations are high quality, address identified needs of the membership, and reflect current issues and thinking in the field.
The Military History Community is led by the following committee members:
Marc Blackburn, Chair (2013-2019)
National Park Service, Eatonville, WA
Gordon Blaker, Immediate Past Chair (2011-2018)
U.S. Army Artillery Museum, Ft. Sill, OK
Francoise Bonnell (2015-2019)
U.S. Army Women’s Museum, Fort Lee, VA
Lisa Budreau (2015-2019)
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
Claire Samuelson (2015-2019)
U.S. Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center, Hampton, VA
Adam Scher (2015-2019)
Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Richmond, VA
Richard White (2017-2019)
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
Military History Resources
Keep up with military history blogs on the AASLH blog.
Browse military history resources in the AASLH Resource Center.
Sign up for our listserv.
Recent military history publications from AASLH:
Interpreting American Military History at Museums at Historic Sites
By Marc Blackburn
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
AASLH Annual Meeting Events
Every year at the AASLH Annual Meeting, the Military History group plans sessions involving military history and at least one meal or event for the community members to attend to network. Past events includes special tours of military sites and luncheons.
Collections Camp: Military Collections
AASLH holds a 2.5 day Collections Camp workshop focusing on military collections at locations across the country. This workshop covers conservation, artifact identification and handling, interpretation, and collections management for military objects, including photographs, textiles, and equipment. View photos of the 2018 workshop on our Facebook page.