Religious History

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The Religious History Community

The Religious History Affinity Community provides a forum in which the history of all faith communities may be shared, understood, and appreciated. Additionally, the group serves as a resource for sharing best practices in research, interpretation, and exhibition of religious history, particularly for those organizations with minimal experience in these areas.

Membership in the community is open to any member of the AASLH community, particularly those with an interest in religious history. The group seeks a broad representation of faith communities, institutions, and geographic locals in order to enhance and diversify its membership.

Raising Awareness

Since the early days of the colonization that would become the United States, religion played a role in crafting the character of both people and places. The Religious History Community works to increase the visibility of the role religion and faith played in state and local history and to provide support to institutions in interpreting and sharing this complex and often volatile aspect of their past.


The Religious History Community is run by the following committee:

Susan Fletcher, Chair (2020-2022)
The Navigators, Colorado Springs, CO

Barbara Franco, Past Chair (2018-2020)
Independent Scholar, Harrisburg, PA

Karen Graham Wade, Immediate Past Chair (2018-2020)
Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation, Los Alamitos, CA

Petra Alsoofy (2017-2021)
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Dearborn, MI

Gary Boatright, Jr. (2018-2020)
LDS Church Historical Department, Salt Lake City, UT

Lynne Calamia (2018-2020)
Roebling Museum, Roebling, NJ

Concetta Gibson (2019-2021)
Lisle, IL

Taffey Hall (2017-2021)
Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Nashville, TN

Jean Kilheffer Hess (2019-2021)
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Lancaster, PA

Ivy Weingram (2018-2020)
Philadelphia, PA

Eric Lewis Williams (2018-2020)
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.

AASLH Staff Contact
Aja Bain

Religious History Resources

Keep up with religious history blogs on the AASLH blog.

Browse religious history resources in the AASLH Resource Center.

Recent religious history publications from AASLH:

Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historic Sites
Edited by Gretchen Buggeln and Barbara Franco

Interpreting American Jewish History at Museums and Historic Sites
By Avi Y. Decter

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

Academic Programs can refer to the Creating Faculty and Student Profiles Flyer to create profiles for people in their programs

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 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

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