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How to Join an Affinity Community

AASLH's Affinity Communities are places where members and nonmembers can connect with others who share similar job issues and interests. These groups have moderated membership, but are open to all. Activities include meal functions at AASLH Annual Meetings, workshops and other training opportunities, e-newsletters, and more. 

To join an affinity community:

1.Log in to your account or create a new one. Both activities can be done by following the prompts on the green home page square. 

2. Go to "Manage Profile" by clicking the link on the green homepage square. 

3. Under "Information and Settings" click "Edit Bio."

4. Scroll down to "Additional Information" and you will see the option to check which Affinity Community you would like to join. 

Please note that each Affinity Community has different ways they prefer to connect and communicate. Please make sure to also visit their home pages (see below) to make sure you are plugged into their networks. 

The Corporate History group is designed for professionals within corporations or corporate museums who collect and interpret history or use history to market corporations, and provides a forum for networking and professional development

Educators & Interpreters

AASLH’s Educators & Interpreters Community addresses the needs of educators and interpreters in history museums and history organizations as they seek to increase appreciation of community history.

Emerging History Professionals

The AASLH Emerging History Professionals (EHP) Affinity Community supports, connects, and unites the newest generation of state and local history practitioners. This community provides support and professional development opportunities for emerging history professionals while creating and maintaining physical and digital spaces where EHPs can meet, discuss ideas, and network.

Field Services Alliance (FSA)

The Field Services Alliance (FSA) is an organized group of individuals, offices, and agencies that provide training opportunities, guidance, technical services, and other forms of assistance to local historical societies, archives, libraries, and museums in their respective states or regions.

Historic House

The Historic House Museum group provides advice and direction for the development of programs and services that benefit historic house museums in the United States. AASLH maintains numerous resources for historic house museums and prides itself on having the largest number of historic house museums as members than any other professional museum organization.

Legal History

The Legal History Community serves those working to preserve and promote legal and court history around the nation. They also serve as a reference for any history organization interested in using legal history in their interpretation. Its members include university faculty, state and federal court historians and educators, law librarians/archivists/researchers, judicial assistants, a U.S. Supreme Court curator, and independent historical societies affiliated with courts such as the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and the Historical Society of the New York Courts.

Military History

The AASLH Military History Committee provides advice and direction for the development of programs and services that benefit U.S. history institutions with a military focus as well as museums/historic sites with military items in their collections

Robert G. Chenhall’s nomenclature for classifying man-made objects is the standard cataloging tool for thousands of museums and historical organizations across the United States and Canada.  Nomenclature’s lexicon of object names, arranged hierarchically within functionally defined categories, has become a de facto standard within the community of history museums in North America.

Small Museums

The Small Museums Community assists America’s small museums in their endeavors, helping to make them stronger and more responsive to their communities. Through its programming and initiatives, AASLH plans to strengthen the small museum, an important steward of local and national history.

Religious History

The Religious History Affinity Group provides a forum in which the history of all faith communities may be shared, understood, and appreciated. Additionally, the group serves as a resource for sharing best practices in research, interpretation, and exhibition of religious history, particularly for those organizations with minimal experience in these areas.

Visitors’ Voices

Visitors’ Voices focuses on audience research and evaluation in history museums and related institutions. AASLH members and anyone else who has an interest in these areas is free to join the community.

Women’s History

The Women’s History Affinity Group is comprised of those who are interested in presenting and encouraging accurate, compelling, diverse, and often controversial women’s history. The affinity group encourages thoughtful scholarship, curriculum, interpretive content, public and educational programs, and shares best practices and strategies for including women’s history in sites and locations of all size.