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 one-two 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 450 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

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

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?


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. 

Developing History Leaders @SHA is the best professional development opportunity for future leaders in history organizations of all types and sizes. For over fifty years, the Seminar for Historical Administration has provided history professionals the tools, ideas, and connections that allow them to become effective leaders and managers of history organizations.

SHA is distinctive because it combines depth—three weeks of engagement in deep discussion about issues facing our field; with breadth—discussions led by nationally recognized leaders in the history/museum field. It brings together current and future leaders to learn in an intimate, collegial atmosphere. Using case studies, workshops, forums and field trips, Developing History Leaders @SHA is an opportunity like none other. 

For potential participants who are now in a position of responsibility or are preparing for such a position, a minimum of three years of challenging work experience in the history field is required. Developing History Leaders @SHA occurs once a year, during the three weeks prior to Thanksgiving.

Applications for the Class of 2017 (October 28-November 17) are due May 31, 2017.

Ends on June 10, 2017

Thanks to generous support from the Summerlee Foundation, the 2017 Austin Host Committee is pleased to offer ten fellowships to increase diverse participation at the AASLH annual meeting. The scholarship is open to full-time, part-time, and volunteer staff from institutions across the state of Texas. Preference will be given to people who expand the diversity of the conference in areas such as ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status to support the conference's theme "I AM History." The $500 scholarship will be provided to cover the annual meeting registration fee and additional meeting events or travel and hotel expenses. Deadline is June 10, 2017.

For questions regarding the application, contact Aja Bain at AASLH, abain@aaslh.org or 615-320-3203.

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.

Ends on June 10, 2017

Small Museums Scholarship Application
2017 AASLH Annual Meeting and Online Conference
Austin, TX
DEADLINE: June 10, 2017

The American Association for State and Local History will hold its Annual Meeting and Online Conference in Austin, TX from September 6-9, 2017. This year’s theme – I AM History represents the histories, cultures, communities and ways of thinking that created one of the most diverse states in the country, and connects history to the present day and reminds us that history is relevant and is happening every day, everywhere. 

Unfortunately, many working in our nation’s small museums feel as if we can only dream of attending this meeting. In a perfect world, boards would grant every request to fund our professional development. Institutions of modest means, however, may not have the resources to help us become effective stewards of our community’s memory.

Websites, listservs, and social media constantly offer new sources of technical and psychological support, but nothing is better than the face-to-face fellowship of sharing survival strategies. Every year, increasing numbers of Annual Meeting sessions address issues specifically affecting small museums. These sessions can be as practical and wide-ranging as training, marketing, and strategic planning. Other sessions focus on creative ways to forge and re-energize relationships with the surrounding community.

Now in its twelfth year, AASLH’s Small Museums Committee is offering scholarships to any AASLH members who are full-time, part-time, paid, or volunteer employees of small museums. Each $500 scholarship will cover the cost of both the conference registration and the Small Museums luncheon. Any remaining funds may be used to offset travel and/or lodging expenses. Acceptance of the scholarship is contingent upon recipients submitting a post to the AASLH Big Ideas for Small Museums blog about their Annual Meeting experience.

To qualify, the applicant must work for a museum with a budget of $250,000 or less. They also must either be an individual AASLH member or work for an institutional member. 

The deadline for applications is June 10. The committee will email award winners by June 30. For questions, please contact Bruce Teeple, Small Museum Scholarship Subcommittee Chair at mongopawn44@hotmail.com, or Aja Bain, AASLH Program Coordinator, at abain@aaslh.org or 615-320-3203.