Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category

  • It was raining, and flooded, in historic Annapolis, Maryland, when 265 of us gathered for the second Keeping History Above Water conference. The swag was an umbrella!  It had the logo “Weather it Together,” referencing the sea level rise planning program of the City of Annapolis, and the camaraderie of conference-goers — heritage professionals and […]

  • Call for Proposals for a new edited volume Monument Culture: International Perspectives on the Future of Monuments in a Changing World In 2017, a year of difficult and often appalling events both on the national and international stage, monument culture unexpectedly became the centerpiece of discussion, protest, activism, and vandalism. Scholars and preservationists witnessed monument culture […]

  • Sometimes a bit of thread and yarn can offer a temporary fix when it comes to mending together a solution. The problem for which a solution is needed? Historical erasure. Enter “craftivism,”a contemporary word for a practice that has been around for probably as long as humans have been making things. Writer Betsy Greer is credited […]

  • President and CEO’s Address (Excerpt) AASLH Meeting of the Membership Austin, TX, September 8, 2017 Getting to Austin was difficult for many of you, and preparing this meeting was not easy on the Host Committee and staff. And there are a whole set of new challenges for our colleagues living in South Texas and Louisiana […]

  • Controversial Monuments and Memorials: A Guide from the American Association for State and Local History In the wake of the horrific recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the ensuing move to remove monuments to white supremacy, the American Association for State and Local History Editorial Board is seeking book proposals for a work tentatively entitled Controversial […]

  • Dear AASLH Community, We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting and hope you have already registered to join us in Austin this year. We have a wonderful program pulled together and hundreds of your colleagues will be there. The Texas State Legislature has called a special session this summer. Depending on the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Dear Members and Friends of AASLH, Yesterday, May 23, President Trump sent a FY2018 budget request to Congress that would drastically cut federal history and humanities funding. Both the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) would be quickly phased out, and the National Historical Publications and […]

  • On May 4, Congress approved a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year (FY) 2017. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law. Across the board, history, archival and education programs­—including the NEH, NEA, IMLS, and Smithsonian—were either level funded or received small increases. This […]

  •   Nashville, TN (March 15, 2017) — The American Association for State and Local History today joins more than 100 historical organizations around the country to endorse the History Relevance Value Statement and declare the importance of teaching and learning history. To celebrate, AASLH is urging history fans to post a selfie of themselves enjoying […]