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


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.

Interested in having your voice heard at the AASLH Annual Meeting? Current Issues Forum (CIF) chairs are looking for panels of ten to fifteen participants to discuss key questions that AASLH members should be addressing. CIF discussants represent a range of vantage points and career stages in the history discipline. 

As a participant, you will be provided with relevant background information by the chair to spark ideas prior to the Annual Meeting, and will communicate with the panel beforehand. During the Forum in Austin, participants will discuss the topic with a particular outcome in mind; for example, a History News article or AASLH blog post. 


Forum 1: "What Role Should Historic Sites Play in Teacher Professional Development?"
Thursday, September 7, 10:15 am-12:15 pm

Many public history institutions offer teacher professional development programs. Both Ford's Theatre and Monticello are working with researchers to look at their programs' efficacy. This forum will bring together practitioners who want to think about what role we are best suited to play in teacher learning.
Chair: Sarah Jencks, Director of Education and Interpretation, Ford's Theatre Society, Washington, D.C. Contact Sarah at sjencks@fords.org

Forum 2: “Mentorship: An Imperative for Future Leaders”
Friday, September 8, 8:30–10:30 am

We are seeking mid-career professionals and those currently in leadership positions to participate in a dialogue that will consider the importance of mentorship for the next generation of the field’s leaders and the responsibility of the field to foster it explicitly. We believe that a strong mentoring network between current professionals in leadership positions and those rising through the ranks will prepare the next generation of directors and move the field in new directions. To be clear, this is not primarily about emerging professionals.

Chair: Kristin Gallas, kristin_gallas@uml.edu.


Deadline is July 14. Session chairs will make final selections of participants by July 21. If you are selected to participate and register for the conference after July 21, we will honor the Early Bird price for your registration. 


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. 

The Evelyn Scholarship is named in honor of Douglas Evelyn, AASLH president from 1992-1994, and recognizes Evelyn’s strong support of AASLH’s professional development mission. A primary objective of the Douglas Evelyn Scholarship is to increase culturally diverse participation at the AASLH annual meeting and in all of the association’s programs. The scholarship includes annual meeting registration fee, a one-year individual membership in AASLH, and $500 toward travel and hotel expenses. To apply, submit your application by July 1, 2017. Email questions to: Bethany Hawkins, hawkins@aaslh.org.