The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announces the slate of candidates for the 2023 AASLH election.

This year, there are four candidates for four spots on the AASLH Council (and one interim appointment to fill a vacancy) and six candidates for three spots on the Leadership Nominating Committee.

The Council sets policy and provides leadership for the Association, is responsible for strategic planning, and represents AASLH members and the field at large.

The Leadership Nominating Committee (LNC) works with staff and the AASLH Council to identify AASLH’s and the field’s leadership and nominates a slate of officers, Council members, and LNC members.

Additional nominees may be added to the slate by submitting a valid petition before June 9, 2023, supported by 50 or more individual or institutional AASLH members per nominee. Petitions must include the name and affiliation of the proposed candidate, and “signatures” of individual or institutional members in the form of their AASLH membership number. An institution’s CEO or Board Chair may sign for an institutional member. Send petitions to [email protected]. The elections process is detailed in the AASLH Bylaws.

The 2023 election will be open in June. Terms start in September and are four years for Council and three years for the Leadership Nominating Committee.

Candidates are listed below. Biographies of each candidate will be shared soon.


Four candidates for four seats and one interim appointment to fill a vacancy.

Open Seats

  • Veronica Gallardo, Surrat House Museum, Maryland
  • Pam Junior, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
  • Margaret Koch, Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Andrea Lowery, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission 

Interim Appointment

  • Ken Turino, Historic New England, Massachusetts

Leadership Nominating Committee

Six candidates for three seats.

  • Rich Cooper, Conner Prairie, Indiana
  • Liz Hobson, Idaho State Museum
  • Jessica Jenkins, Litchfield Historical Society, Connecticut
  • Kenny Libben, Cleo Redd Fisher Museum, Ohio
  • Aaron Noble, New York State Museum
  • Jaclyn Spainhour, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC