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Welcome to the Community Center of the American Association for State and Local History!

Here you can have discussions and share resources with fellow history practitioners across the field. Most of our communities are informal Affinity groups that provide resources, advice, and networking to those interested in particular aspects or niches of public history work. Each Affinity Community is led by a committee of AASLH member volunteers who communicate regularly to steer the agenda, plan events, maintain a web presence and resource library, and facilitate communication with the wider group, with AASLH staff and Council, and with the field as a whole.

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  • AASLH is pleased to share our 2021 Annual Report with the field. Despite another year that was anything but predictable, our community came together in meaningful ways that fostered connection, dialogue, and renewed dedication to the importance of history for all people. We convened an Online Conference and an in-person Annual Meeting in Little [...]
  • By Adam Rozan Last year I caught up with Susana Bautista over Zoom to chat with her about her new book How to Close a Museum: A Practical Guide, which explores the steps necessary to professionally and ethically close down a museum or prepare for the possibility of closure. Our conversation grew out of [...]
  • Remembering Jeff Harris

    Courtesy of Magoffin Home State Historic Site By Jacqui Ainlay-Conley, Small Museum’s Affinity Group Committee Chairperson The AASLH Small Museum’s Affinity Group Committee was deeply saddened to learn that our friend, colleague, and fellow committee member Jeff Harris passed away on December 7.  Jeff was the Site Manager of the Magoffin Home [...]