POSTS FROM ‘Broadside’

  • Did you ever have to write the typical “What I Did on Summer Vacation” essay on the first day of school? It seems like it was a rite of passage to talk about vacations, camps, and exciting days as you started back to school. Since we are at the beginning of summer, I wondered about […]

  • AASLH is proud to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Humanities Tennessee to pilot our newest program, Master Local Historians. The Master Local Historians project is a training program that highlights the relevance of historical inquiry for the general public and provides people with an opportunity to hone their historical research, writing, […]

  • Last year, the Arch Street Friends Meeting House in Philadelphia erected a large chalkboard adjacent to its main entrance. Emblazoned on it was a headline: How will you change the world? Over a period of weeks, hundreds of passers-by offered their ideas on how to make the world better for themselves and their communities. As […]

  • Want to explore the intersection between the natural sciences and history at your organization? Here are three takeaways from AASLH Leadership in History Awards award-winning projects on how to tell captivating stories of environmental history: 1. Leverage Local Interests Environmental history can cover extraordinarily long spans of times. One side effect is that sometimes it feel […]

  • Since March 2015 the online journal and database, Women and Social Movements in the United States (WASM), has been engaged in successive efforts to create an Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage movement in the United States. The project began with the submission by Alice Paul biographer, Jill D. Zahniser, of a database of […]

  • Want to have your voice heard at the 2017 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. As a participant, you will be provided with relevant background information by the chair to spark ideas prior to […]

  • Before the 4th of July passes, House members will begin building a tomorrow with or without crucial federal programs that support the work of our history community. I urge you to email Congress this week to speak up for the programs and agencies on the chopping block. In my 25 years in the field, I […]

  • When I tell people I study religious history, the conversation frequently turns to the state of religion in the United States. People often ask how I feel about where we are in relation to our “religious roots” as a nation. Depending on the person I’m talking to, they are generally looking for my thoughts on […]

  • Attendees of the 2017 AASLH Annual Meeting can look forward to hearing from two great speakers this year: Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, and U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro. Darren Walker is President of the Ford Foundation, the nation’s second largest philanthropy, and for two decades has been a leader in the nonprofit and […]

  • It’s easy to see museum civic involvement as a set of extremes: take a polarizing stand or appease all sides. Many museums are finding that taking big and bold steps is the right choice for them. But others avoid taking a stand on charged issues and even avoid acting as a neutral convener. Connecting the […]