Please read information below before submitting a session proposal.

Started in 2021, AASLH offers a dual format conference: two meetings, one in-person and one online, joined by a single theme. The theme for 2022 is Right Here, Right Now: The Power of Place.

What is the AASLH Annual Meeting?
The AASLH Annual Meeting is an in-person experience that engages and connects history professionals and volunteers and inspires them in their work. We encourage every attendee’s full participation in the sessions, workshops, tours, and discussions. Each session type is categorized so that attendees can see the level of participation it involves. Before you propose a session, think carefully about how it will engage your audience.

We hope the Annual Meeting becomes a transformative moment for all, a chance to go deep, to reenergize, to build professional relationships, and to focus on a sense of place and history in the host city. In formal and informal spaces, participants will work through challenging discussions and learn new practices. While there will be an emphasis on communal events to build shared experience, we will offer multiple opportunities for personalized learning, in tours, workshops, and sessions., Consider these goals when creating your session

What is the AASLH Virtual Conference?

Scheduled for November 1-4, the virtual conference is designed to be an inspirational and informative experience, with flexibility for incorporating emerging issues and broad reach for bringing in more voices. The online conference is more accessible for many people because of its platform and lower financial and time cost, which makes it possible to include a larger percentage of our members and nonmembers around the country. We can also be more responsive to crucial topics that emerge for the field in the months and weeks beforehand. The online meeting will focus on sessions that require less audience interaction outside of the chat box. Participants will be encouraged in multiple ways to connect with each, build their networks, and to continue discussions through live and pre-recorded sessions, happy hours, and discussion groups. 

Should I Propose an Online or In-Person Session?
This is an important question as you consider the best format for delivering your content. AASLH designed the dual conference format to offer different ways of engaging our membership. Most session formats can be adapted for in-person or online, but the tools you use, and end product will be different. In-person sessions will benefit from having everyone in the same room, while online sessions have the ability to engage attendees right where they are. Does your session require attendees to be up and moving around? Are you hoping to incorporate the meeting location into your session? The in-person format would be more appropriate. Are you comfortable engaging attendees using Zoom and could your session be easily delivered on that platform? Do you have presenters you would like to bring on that might not be able to travel to the in-person meeting? Or would you like to demonstrate a virtual program? The online format might be a better fit for your session. Be sure to consider the takeaways for attendees for your session and choose the format and conference type that is the best for delivering that information.

Presenter Information: AASLH requires that the Session Chair serve as the session organizer responsible for logistics, requests for materials and equipment, communication with participants and AASLH staff, and leading the session itself. Session chairs must be affiliated with an institutional member or hold an individual membership in AASLH. In order to involve as many people as possible in the meeting, no one can chair more than one session or participate in more than two. The committee also strongly discourages sessions where all presenters are from the same site. It is also suggested that you include an end-user as part of your session. If you need assistance finding presenters that bring diversity in institution, geography, or race, please contact the AASLH staff or the 2022 Program Chair. Note: You will need to create a username and password for the Submittable site. This is separate from your membership login at aaslh.org.

AASLH is accepting submissions of short articles to be posted on our official blog. 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 750 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 Aja Bain at abain@aaslh.org

The following courses are part of AASLH’s Small Museum Pro! certificate program. If you have completed and passed five of the courses below, please submit this form to request your Small Museum Pro! certificate. 

  • CARING FOR MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
  • COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT
  • DEVELOPING EXHIBITIONS: PLANNING
  • DEVELOPING EXHIBITIONS: DESIGN
  • INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
  • LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION FOR HISTORY ORGANIZATIONS
  • MUSEUM EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

History News 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.

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. AASLH reserves the right to reject material that is not consonant with the mission, values, or goals of the organization.

Before committing to a full article, we ask that you submit an abstract here. In 300 words or less, outline the main points of your article and explain how it supports the AASLH mission.

The AASLH book series 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, our books inform, inspire, challenge, and link together those who preserve and interpret the past.

We welcome book 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 books 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. Proposals are reviewed by the AASLH Editorial Advisory Committee, who may make suggestions for improvement and needed changes before approval. Once a proposal is approved, authors sign a contract with Rowman & Littlefield and are responsible for producing the work within 15-18 months.

AASLH reserves the right to reject material that is not consonant with the mission, values, or goals of the organization. Contact the book series editor Aja Bain with questions at abain@aaslh.org or 615-320-3203.

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 Manager, at abain@aaslh.org or 615-320-3203.

AASLH is entering a new era.  We are refocusing our programs and services to better serve you, our constituency. We invite our members to consider serving on Council (the organization’s board of trustees) or the Leadership Nominating Committee (LNC).  In these roles, you or a colleague can play a vital part in shaping the organization’s future. 

Nominate an AASLH member who is:

  • Passionate about history and its place in contemporary culture.
  • Connected to a network of peers in the field.
  • Willing to both speak his or her mind and work as a team.
  • Committed to innovation, inclusion, and experimentation.
  • Holds specific skills and expertise in areas of museum or history work.
  • Someone who believes he or she can make a difference.

You may nominate yourself or nominate a colleague for a position on either Council or for a position on the Leadership Nominating Committee.

Nominations are accepted year-round. For assistance, please contact AASLH at 615-320-3203 or abain@aaslh.org.

American Association for State and Local History