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The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is a national association that provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people.

What does AASLH do?

  1. Advocacy: We work for increased funding and visibility for the field and represent the field on national committees and task forces.
  2. Leadership: We create and run high quality continuing education programs for individuals and organizations, including the first-ever national standards program for small and medium history organizations (StEPs).
  3. Community: We facilitate networking and discussion both in person at our Annual Meeting and on-site workshops as well as online through our website, Online Conference, and Affinity Groups.
  4. Resources: We offer programs, books and book series, Technical Leaflets, History News magazine, and our searchable online collection of over 1,000 other resources.

For a more comprehensive guide to AASLH’s program, services, and products (and a guide to our website), visit the site map.


Our History

AASLH was founded in 1940. Our history can be traced back to the extraordinary flowering of state and local history that occurred in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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History Relevance

AASLH endorses the Value of History Statement created by the History Relevance initiative. AASLH is a founding member of History Relevance and plays an active leadership role in this grassroots organization. History Relevance seeks to foster a dialogue regarding how study of the past links people to the present. The group serves as a catalyst for discovering, demonstrating, and promulgating the value of history for individuals, communities, and the nation. For more information, visit