(Adapted September 2009)

Mission: AASLH 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 Americans.

Definition of Core Values: The values AASLH holds form the foundation on which it performs work and conducts itself. In an ever-changing world, core values are constant. Core values are not descriptions of the work we do or the strategies we employ to accomplish our mission. The values underlie our work, how we interact with each other, and which strategies we employ to fulfill our mission. The core values are the basic elements of how we go about our work. They are the practices we use (or should be using) every day in everything we do.

Definition of Core Competencies:  AASLH’s areas of greatest expertise. Those strategically important capabilities central to fulfilling AASLH’s mission or providing an advantage in our service environment/market. Core competencies frequently are challenging for competitors or partners to imitate, and may provide a sustainable competitive advantage. May involve technology, unique service, market place niche, or particular business acumen.

AASLH Values to Competencies Matrix

Values Competencies as they relate to Value
AASLH values history as a key component to a democratic and well-informed society. AASLH recognizes excellence through a national awards program. AASLH seeks increased funding for history organizations to assist them in their work. AASLH endorses active engagement and lifelong learning inside and outside of the classroom and/or formal education.
AASLH values listening to the needs of the field and designs programs and services to fulfill those needs. AASLH uses research, analysis, and feedback and uses these tools in planning. AASLH provides out-front leadership for the field in the national arena. AASLH is a nimble, dynamic organization that welcomes change. AASLH uses up-to-date technology to disseminate its work as broadly as possible throughout the field.
AASLH values those people and organizations that practice state and local history and their success and sustainability. AASLH maintains an active network of affinity groups, committees, and volunteers to expand its workforce and engage members in its most critical work. AASLH is dedicated to developing the field’s next generation of leaders and looks for ways to involve emerging professionals in its committees, affinity groups, and Council. AASLH works as part of a national community of organizations dedicated to various aspects of state and local history and the museum and cultural field. AASLH establishes and promotes ethics, standards, and best practices. AASLH, while primarily a membership organization, does not restrict its service to its members but strives to be an advocate for and of service to the field as a whole. AASLH strives to broaden its network, engage stakeholders, and cultivate shareholders in the work of the history field.
AASLH values a service culture that is ethical and inclusive. AASLH employs a qualified, dedicated staff. AASLH employs sound business strategies.