Archive for the ‘Emerging Professionals’ Category

  • Picture a cramped, dusty basement covered wall-to-wall with wooden shelves and metal canisters holding 18th and 19th century documents. Now imagine climate-controlled stacks with metal shelves and documents housed in Hollinger boxes and acid-free folders. How do we as caretakers of history reconcile these two situations? West Virginia University’s Public History program and the Monongalia […]

  • One of the founding objectives of the Women’s History Affinity Group at AASLH is to ‘[foster] mentoring, professional development, and strongly encourage young women to strive for leadership positions within their professional organizations. The “Women Who Mentor” blog series asks successful women from across the field to share their experiences and advice with women, as […]

  • One of the founding objectives of the Women’s History Affinity Group at AASLH is to “[foster] mentoring, professional development, and strongly encourage young women to strive for leadership positions within their professional organizations.” The “Women Who Mentor” blog series asks successful women from across the field to share their experiences and advice with women, as […]

  • The establishment of new emerging professional groups in museums, history, and related fields, as well as outside of our sphere, has become something of a phenomenon in recent years. The National Council on Public History (NCPH), the International Federation for Public History (IFPH), and AASLH (that’s us) have all founded emerging professional groups in the […]

  • Although museum/history professionals may not face the same problems or have the same priorities as bankers, financial advisers, and other salespeople, networking with professionals from outside the history field can be a valuable tool for museum/history professionals at all levels. Networking allows for those in the history field to help promote their institution in the […]

  • In April 2016, AASLH launched a brand new membership type for Academic Programs. Designed specifically to meet the needs of faculty and students in history, public history, and museum studies programs, the Academic Program Membership offers a unique benefits package for only $310 a year. Most importantly, students of the Academic Program Members get free […]

  • It was my first interview. I had eagerly prepared, going over all the projects I had produced from internships. I had a Cultural Landscape Report, an interpretive plan, and how I had discovered that two bodies were mistakenly identified in government records. When the interview began, I was asked: “Do you have experience with heavy […]

  • The National Guard Memorial Museum is a 6,000 square foot series of galleries located in Washington, D.C., dedicated to telling the history of the National Guard of the United States.  More than a thousand artifacts are on exhibit.  However, behind the scenes there is a vast collection of artifacts ranging from the 17th Century to […]

  • I find that many Emerging History Professionals (EHPs) these days have blogs of some sort. They traditionally consist of self-promoting posts with little to no content that really contributes to or engages in a conversation. I had explored many of these blogs before I discovered Civil Discourse, a blog started by two classmates of mine […]

  • Earlier this week, I participated in the #AASLHchat on “Issues Facing Emerging Professionals”. Contributors shared so many good ideas, and you can see them all in the Storify. But one question in particular really resonated with me: “How do you identify which skills you need the most?” I think other participants in the chat hit […]