AASLH provides many different publications for the field. Through our quarterly magazine History News, Technical Leaflets, books, and our blog, we publish on a wide range of topics and issues to serve history practitioners. From investigations of critical issues to how-to guides and everything in between, AASLH uses our different publication outlets to advance historical practice and the field.

Read below for more information on each publication type.

History News Magazine

History News is the official magazine of AASLH. It connects the people engaged in history work to new questions, ideas, perspectives, and each other. By featuring news, current issues, trends, and best practices from throughout the history community, it informs, inspires, challenges, and links together those who preserve and interpret the past. A History News subscription is a benefit of AASLH membership. Each quarterly issue includes featured articles, regular columns, and a Technical Leaflet.

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You must be a member of AASLH in order to get a History News magazine subscription.
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AASLH History News issues are available in PDF format in the AASLH Resource Center.  Members can access the latest three years of issues at no cost and nonmembers can purchase issues for $8 each.

Issues older than three years can be found on JSTOR. AASLH members can get free access to History News on JSTOR.

If you are looking for an old issue that is not online, please contact us at info@aaslh.org or 615-320-3203, and we will do our best to find what you need.

Interested in writing an article or technical leaflet for History News? Send us a pitch!

We welcome article proposals dealing with all aspects of public history, including current trends, timely issues, and best practices for professional development and the overall improvement of the history field. We are especially interested in articles that give a fresh perspective to traditional theories, in-depth case studies that reveal applicable and relevant concepts, and subject matter that has the ability to resonate throughout all levels of the field.

If you’d like to contribute book reviews to the magazine, submit an application here. We’ll add you to our reviewer database and get in touch when there is an appropriate title for review.

Questions or ideas? Contact History News editor Aja Bain.

History News employs a double-blind review process. Volunteer editors review all proposals for relevance and timeliness to the field. Articles should be about 2,500 words, Technical Leaflets 3,500 words, columns 1,000 words, and book reviews 500 words.  Authors of articles and Leaflets should submit a minimum of three photos with their final manuscript.

History News ad sizes, deadlines, and rates. 

To purchase an ad in History News, please submit a completed Advertising and Marketing Order Form and send to AASLH Membership and Development Manager Rey Regenstreif-Harms (regenstreif-harms@aaslh.org).

Want to try before you buy? Read a sample here.

Technical Leaflets

Since 1960, history professionals have been sharing their expertise with AASLH members through these clear and succinct how-to guides. Whether you are seeking information on management and administration, interpretation, research practices, preservation techniques, or any other subject related to the practice of public history, there’s probably a Technical Leaflet that will help.

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A subscription to AASLH’s Technical Leaflet series is a benefit of membership. New Leaflets are sent out quarterly inside each issue of History News magazine.

AASLH Technical Leaflets are available in PDF format in the Resource Center. Members can login to download the latest twelve Technical Leaflets at no cost and browse six years of past Leaflets. Nonmembers can purchase Technical Leaflets through the Resource Center for $6 each.

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  • Cleaning House: A Guide to Deaccessioning and Abandoned Property
  • Staying Connected: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Contact Lists
  • Incorporating Diversity and Inclusion into Young Adult Programs
  • How to Design Programs for Millennials
  • Museum Management Tune-Up
  • Integrating Science at a History Museum
  • Improving Financial Management
  • Building Better Budgets
  • Not Just a Bunch of Facts: Crafting Dynamic Interpretive Manuals
  • Developing Comprehensive and Conscientious Interpretation of Slavery at Historic Sites and Museums

Check out a recent Technical Leaflet: How to Make a Podcast.

Interested in writing a Technical Leaflet? Send us your idea and we’ll get in touch!

Technical leaflets should be 3,500-4,000 words in length and include a bibliography or list of resources. History News employs a double-blind review process.

AASLH Book Series

The AASLH book series addresses issues critical to the field through interpretive, intellectual, scholarly, and educational texts. AASLH co-publishes the series with Rowman & Littlefield.

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Series Editor: Rebecca K. Shrum, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Managing Editor: Aja Bain, AASLH

Editorial Board Members:

  • Anne W. Ackerson, Leading by Design
  • Bill Bomar, University of Alabama Museums
  • Jonathan Cain, University of Oregon
  • Jessica Dorman, Historic New Orleans Collection
  • Laura Koloski, Heritage Philadelphia Program
  • Ann McCleary, University of West Georgia
  • Maria Montalvo, Emory University
  • Porchia Moore, Johns Hopkins University
  • Debra Reid, The Henry Ford
  • Laura Roberts, Roberts Consulting
  • Kimberly Springle, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
  • William S. Walker, Cooperstown Graduate Program SUNY Oneonta

AASLH is always interested in speaking with authors who would like to contribute to the book series. Prospective authors should contact series managing editor Aja Bain.

AASLH books can be purchased directly from Rowman & Littlefield.

AASLH members always get 20% off our titles. Members will find the promo code in their New Member Welcome Kit or by contacting membership@aaslh.org or 615-320-3203.


AASLH is always accepting submissions of short articles to be posted on the official AASLH blog. Specifically, we are seeking articles on issues and challenges facing history organizations and their staffs. Blog posts should be clear, concise, and offer obvious takeaways or suggestions.

Read the guidelines and submit your blog post here.

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The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook

A partnership with the National Council on Public History, The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook is a co-sponsored digital resource designed to center inclusivity, diversity, equity, and public service in public history work. The Handbook is a living digital project comprised of entries examining all facets of public history work in the lens of these core values. Authored by field experts, the entries combine practical advice with critical reflections and telling examples. The Handbook launched in August 2019 with twenty entries. Entries will continue to be added through 2019 and 2020 for a final first edition of one hundred entries.

The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook

Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging

In partnership with the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), AASLH has launched an online, illustrated bilingual version of Nomenclature 4.0, integrating and reconciling the latest edition of Robert Chenhall’s cataloging standard with data from the Parks Canada Visual and Descriptive Dictionary. Released under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license, Nomenclature is available as linked open data (LOD). Users will no longer need to purchase a book or electronic file to stay current with this cataloging standard, and software vendors will no longer have to pay a licensing fee for its use.

The Nomenclature website is the most up-to-date version of the Nomenclature standard and includes:

  • the entire Nomenclature 4.0, as published in 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield;
  • a complete French version, with terms provided by Parks Canada and CHIN;
  • terminology, definitions and illustrations from a complementary standard, the Parks Canada Descriptive and Visual Dictionary of Objects;
  • a bibliography to help museums find additional resources to help with cataloging specific types of objects;
  • guidelines and tips on how to use the Nomenclature system.

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