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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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. 


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. 

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.

Volunteer editors review all proposals for relevance and timeliness to the field. Full 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. 

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 Leadership in History Awards

Nominations Due: March 1, 2021

Before beginning the nomination process, you are strongly encouraged to contact your AASLH State Team leader to discuss the nomination. You can find your state team leader contact information here: https://aaslh.org/programs/leadership-in-history-awards/

We suggest submitting no more than one project per category per institution.


AASLH Leadership in History Awards (Publications)

Nominations Due: March 1, 2021

Before beginning the nomination process, you are strongly encouraged to contact your AASLH state or regional team leader to discuss the nomination. You can find their contact information here: https://aaslh.org/programs/leadership-in-history-awards/ 

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.

AASLH Award of Distinction

Preliminary Nominations Due: February 1, 2021

The Award of Distinction is AASLH's highest honor and given in recognition of long and distinguished service to the field. Given at the discretion of the AASLH Council, award winners are recognized nationally as leaders in the profession. Past winners include Lonnie G. Bunch III, Sandra Sageser Clark, and John and Anita Durel.

The first step of the nomination process is submitting this form, which is received and discussed by a review committee before going forward with the process. Our committee will be in touch with next steps and further instructions after you submit this preliminary nomination.

Please note this is a confidential process and it is recommended that the nominee not be told about the nomination until it has been accepted.

American Association for State and Local History