This committee serves a dual purpose. The first purpose is to work with AASLH to further the field of state and local history through supporting the educational efforts of the Annual Meeting. The second purpose is to work closely with AASLH staff to ensure the success of the Annual Meeting.

This committee develops the content for sessions and workshops that relate to the theme developed by AASLH staff, Program, and Host chairs. Travel to one Program Committee meeting is required.

The Audit Committee works via conference call to review AASLH’s annual independent audit and make recommendations to the AASLH Council. A majority of committee members must have financial expertise.


David Simmons (Chair), Billings Farm and Museum
Cathy Fields, Litchfield Historical Society
Mindi Love, Johnson County Museum
John Dichtl (Ex Officio), AASLH
John Fleming (Ex Officio), National Museum of African-American Music

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee advises the Council on ways to build diversity and inclusion (racial/ethnic, cultural, dis/ability, and sexual identity) in the field of history and within the AASLH itself.

Richard Josey (Chair), Collective Journeys, LLC (2018-2020)
Marian Carpenter (Immediate Past Chair), The Ringling Museum of Art (2018-2020)
Ashley Bouknight, Historical Research Associates (2019-2021)
Omar Eaton-Martinez, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (2018-2020)
Enimini Ekong, Nicodemus National Historic Site (2018-2020)
Veronica Gallardo, Fort Monroe Authority (2018-2020)
Stacy Klingler, William Butterworth Foundation (2018-2020)
Kimberly Springle, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives (2018-2020)
Tobi Voigt, Petroglyph Michigan History Center (2018-2020)

The Editorial Advisory Board aids in the publication of books in the AASLH series with Rowman & Littlefield Press. The committee is charged to seek out and review proposals for the AASLH series of books, to think critically about the needs of the field, and to bring to the committee any new, interesting, and/or innovative research for possible publication. The committee meets quarterly via conference call to review proposals and reader reports, make recommendations on publications, and brainstorm possible book ideas.


Rebecca Shrum, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Anne W. Ackerson, Leading by Design
Bill Bomar, University of Alabama Museums
Jonathan Cain, University of Oregon Libraries
Jessica Dorman, Historic New Orleans Collection
Laura Koloski, Heritage Philadelphia Program
Ann McCleary, University of West Georgia
Maria Montalvo, Emory University
Porchia Moore, Johns Hopkins University
Debra Reid, The Henry Ford
Laura Roberts, Roberts Consulting
Sandra Smith, Heinz History Center
Kimberly Springle, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
William S. Walker, Cooperstown Graduate Program SUNY Oneonta

Aja Bain, AASLH
Charles Harmon, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

The National Awards Committee oversees the work of the AASLH Leadership in History Awards. AASLH bestows Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans.

By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Awards serve as an inspiration to others in the field. The committee works with staff to administer the program. Regional chairs represent their respective regions in reviewing nominations from state chairs and submitting nominations to the national level. Each spring, regional chairs meet in Nashville to review award nominations and to pass the results of the judging on to their state reps. Travel is required of the regional chairs to the awards review meeting in Nashville.

AASLH Representatives
Bethany Hawkins, Chief of Operations,