AASLH is accepting submissions of short articles to be posted on our official blog, Broadside. Specifically, we are seeking articles on issues and challenges facing history organizations and their staffs. Articles should be clear, concise, and offer obvious takeaways or suggestions. There is no deadline, and submissions are welcomed at any time. You can expect a response within two or three weeks. 

Here are ideas on what to write:

  • Takeaways from history organizations doing great work
  • Lessons learned from recent or ongoing projects at your organization
  • Tips on administration and leadership
  • Career advice and guidance for professionals in the field
  • Unique takes on current trends (i.e. what’s the next Hamilton?)
  • Constructive reflections on the state of the field

Guidelines:

  • Length: 350-800 words
  • Posts should be in Chicago Style
  •  All submissions must include at least one landscape orientation photo with photo credit/caption
  •  Do not footnote; instead, provide URLs for references
  • Single space after sentences

Photos:

  • All submissions must include at least one landscape orientation photo
  • Two-three photos are ideal
  • Photos should at least 450 pixels wide
  • Photos should be free of any copyright restrictions; include attributions/ credit in the captions

Terms:

  • Articles should be original content that has not been published elsewhere
  • AASLH reserves the right to turn down any post that isn’t a good fit for the blog
  • AASLH is not required to use the photos submitted with the post if they are not a good fit; in that case, the blog editor will supply appropriate photos to go with the post
  • AASLH will adjust or replace titles as needed  for consistency and clarity and can make minor edits without author approval


Questions? Email Hannah Hethmon at hethmon@aaslh.org.

History News exists to foster publication, scholarly research, and an open forum for discussion of best practices, applicable theories, and professional experiences pertinent to the field of state and local history. Article manuscripts dealing with all aspects of public history are welcome, including current trends, timely issues, and best practices for professional development and the overall improvement of the history field. The editorial committee is 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.

Volunteer editors review all proposals for relevance and timeliness to the field. Articles should be 2,500-3,000 words in length, and properly footnoted and cited in Chicago/Turabian style. History News employs a double-blind review process.

History News is a quarterly membership publication of the American Association for State and Local History, a nonprofit educational membership organization providing leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society.

Draft Due Date        Review Returned       Final Submission Date       History News issue
August 20     September 30     November 1     Winter
November 15      December 20     February 1     Spring
February 20     March 31     May 1     Summer
May 20     June 30     August 1     Autumn

To learn more about what our reviewers look for, read our Review Sheet.
History News exists to foster publication, scholarly research, and an open forum for discussion of best practices, applicable theories, and professional experiences pertinent to the field of state and local history. Article manuscripts dealing with all aspects of public history are welcome, including current trends, timely issues, and best practices for professional development and the overall improvement of the history field. The editorial committee is 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.

Volunteer editors review all proposals for relevance and timeliness to the field. Book reviews should be approximately 500 words in length. History News employs a double-blind review process.

History News is a quarterly membership publication of the American Association for State and Local History, a nonprofit educational membership organization providing leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society.

Draft Due Date        Review Returned       Final Submission Date       History News issue
August 20     September 30     November 1     Winter
November 15      December 20     February 1     Spring
February 20     March 31     May 1     Summer
May 20     June 30     August 1     Autumn

To learn more about what our reviewers look for, read our Review Sheet.
History News exists to foster publication, scholarly research, and an open forum for discussion of best practices, applicable theories, and professional experiences pertinent to the field of state and local history. Article manuscripts dealing with all aspects of public history are welcome, including current trends, timely issues, and best practices for professional development and the overall improvement of the history field. The editorial committee is 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.

Volunteer editors review all proposals for relevance and timeliness to the field. Technical leaflets should be 3,000-4,000 words in length, properly footnoted and cited in Chicago/Turabian style, and include a bibliography or list of resources. History News employs a double-blind review process.

History News is a quarterly membership publication of the American Association for State and Local History, a nonprofit educational membership organization providing leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society.

Draft Due Date        Review Returned       Final Submission Date       History News issue
August 20     September 30     November 1     Winter
November 15      December 20     February 1     Spring
February 20     March 31     May 1     Summer
May 20     June 30     August 1     Autumn

To learn more about what our reviewers look for, read our Review Sheet.

Call for Articles: Emerging History Professional Takeover of History News Magazine

Emerging History Professionals are taking over the Winter 2018 issue of AASLH’s History News magazine! The issue will be guest co-edited by emerging history professionals Hope Shannon and Hannah Hethmon. Features and articles will all focus on Emerging History Professionals and reflect their insights and opinions about the field.

Anyone in the early stages of a public history career, broadly defined, is an Emerging History Professional. This includes graduate and undergraduate students, hobbyists, early-career professionals, and any other AASLH members who identify as belonging to this community.

History News exists to foster publication, scholarly research, and an open forum for discussion of best practices, applicable theories, and professional experiences pertinent to the field of state and local history. History News is a quarterly membership publication of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), a nonprofit educational membership organization providing leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society.

The editors are seeking submission of article abstracts. Proposed articles must:

  • Be relevant to the theme of Emerging History Professionals. Articles by emerging professionals will be given priority over those with more time in the field.
  • Not have previously been published elsewhere.
  • Be 2,500-3,000 words in length and properly footnoted and cited in Chicago/Turabian style.

Instructions and Deadlines:

The deadline for submitting abstracts is August 15, 2017.

Authors of accepted articles will be notified by the first week of September 2017. They will then have until November 1 to submit a final edited and reviewed version of their article. At that time, the article must be fit for print.

Along with the abstract (500 words max), submission must include:

  • A brief paragraph explaining how the article is relevant to the early history career/emerging history professional issues and AASLH’s mission (200 words max)
  • A brief biographical statement (100 words max)

Questions about topics and submission guidelines should be directed to Hope Shannon (hopejshannon@gmail.com) and Hannah Hethmon (info@hhethmon.com).

Ideas for Topics


Here are some suggested topics to consider when developing your abstract. These are merely suggestions, and other topics that fit the theme are welcomed.  
  • Thought pieces about current issues in the history and/or museum field
    • Attracting new audiences
    • Engaging millennials in historic places
    • The role of social justice in state and local history
    • Pushing the boundaries of history and museum work, whether it be where and how we do this work, the topics we address, or the people we work with
    • Advocacy and history relevance, especially in light of potential cuts to essential federal funding
  • Professional development tips, advice, concerns
    • Publishing as a practitioner
    • Personal branding and marketing yourself, networking
    • Practical training outside of the academy
    • Self-care: avoiding burnout
  • Issues, concerns, and interests related to employment
    • Gender/racial inequality in pay, general hierarchy issues in the history field
    • The challenges (and benefits) of being a millennial in a field still run (at least at the top) predominantly by the "baby boomer" generation
    • Intergenerational conflict: working with different generations of workers
    • Negotiating salary and employment-related benefits­
    • Tips/tricks for resumes and cover letters
    • Internships and the question of unpaid labor
    • Balancing political affiliations and interests as representatives of institutions

We want to know what you think. Answer the following question for a chance to be featured in AASLH's History News magazine.

What is the future of collaboration between public history institutions and history departments at colleges and universities?

Details:

Answers should be no more than two paragraphs long and may be edited for length by History News editors. The editors will choose answers they find interesting to include in the magazine. Contributors will not be notified whether or not their answer makes it to the magazine. 

Four times a year, History News magazine brings you the latest discussions, developments, and innovations in the field of state and local history. That mission includes reviewing books on theoretical and practical topics that our members and readers are talking about and using in their daily work. AASLH is building our pool of book reviewers for History News, and we want you to get involved.

Apply to be a book reviewer and share your expertise with the field. We will match you with a book according to your interests, and send you a complimentary copy.

Our reviewers:

  • Have expertise and experience in the book’s topic or sub-field
  • Can discuss how the book will contribute to public history and relate it to similar works
  • Commit to writing a 500-word review that summarizes and analyses the book’s thesis or topic
  • Work with our editors to meet deadlines and craft a great review

Here are some of the titles we've reviewed recently:

And visit our website for examples of great reviews in the style that we look for from the Summer 2015 History News.

Questions? Contact Aja Bain, Program and Publications Coordinator, at abain@aaslh.org or 615-320-3203.