American Association for State and Local History
|Founder||Christopher C. Crittenden|
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is a non-profit association for state and local history, with a primary focus on museums and historical societies. It is headquartered in Nashville, TN, and has over 6,300 members. In response to indications from small museums that the accreditation process of the American Alliance of Museums was unattainable, AASLH launched the "Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations," or StEPS. As opposed to a certification program, StEPS is a self-study program without a set timeline. AASLH hosts an annual conference, educational workshops around the country, and webinars. For the 2008-2009 fiscal year, AASLH had gross receipts just under $2 million, and 8 full-time and 3 part-time staff.
AASLH publishes a quarterly magazine called History News, as well as a monthly newsletter, Dispatch. Technical Leaflets are published quarterly and distributed with History News. History News (absent the technical leaflets) is now also available as a download for members. Book publications have been taken over by AltaMira Press.
- 1904: American Historical Association establishes Conference of State and Local Historical Societies
- 1940: Conference of State and Local Historical Societies seceded from the American Historical Association. The mission was "the promotion of effort and activity in the fields of state, provincial, and local history in the United States and Canada."
- 1940: Began publishing books
- 1945: Establishment of awards program
- 1968: Began publishing Technical Leaflets
- 2002: Adopted statement of professional standards and ethics
- 2005: Began developing StEPS program
- 2009: "Dispatch" became an all-digital publication
- 2010: Launched StEPS program and History News Community
- 2011: Launched New Century Endowment Campaign