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Detroit, Michigan
September 14-17, 2016

The Spirit of Rebirth

Detroit Skyline - CVB PhotoCollectively and individually, we are constantly evolving, embracing new opportunities, and reacting to forces beyond our control. Navigating these contemporary challenges, while facing an unpredictable future, requires periodically re-thinking our direction.  In doing so, we rely on the past for context, examples, and inspiration. The role of a public historian is especially critical during times of transition.

Meanwhile, we must anticipate changes within our profession. The shifting demographics of our audiences and our offices; the increasing pressure on our finances and partnering organizations; and questions about the relevance of our work in a nation beset by discordant political dialogue all require self-reflection. We need to review the assumptions that have served us to this point, question old processes, and ponder outdated interpretations.

In the spirit of Detroit, we gather to celebrate our achievements, but with the courage to build new models for the road ahead.


(The Preliminary Program Guide will be available on this page in late summer 2016.)

Why you should attend

The AASLH Annual Meeting is the one time each year we gather for networking and professional development. It’s a crucial part of our profession, to gather with peers, discuss ideas, and refresh yourself with passion! Read more on the reasons to attend an Annual Meeting and tips for gaining travel approval.

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All About Detroit

Detroit, Michigan, has a proud, remarkable history. Just as the Detroit River connects the Great Lakes, the city has linked great cultures. For more than 300 years the city’s promise of opportunity and legacy of innovation attracted countless traders and tradesmen; entrepreneurs and entertainers; inventors and industrialists; laborers and leaders. A city administered at various times by French, British, and American governments, Detroit remains one of the busiest international borders in the United States.

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