AASLH Standing Committees, Affinity Groups, Task Forces, and Volunteer Opportunities

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Revised 12/16


Standing Committees

Annual Meeting Host Committee serves dual purposes. The first purpose is to work with AASLH to further the field of state and local history through supporting the educational efforts of the Annual Meeting. The second purpose is to work closely with AASLH staff to ensure the successful completion of the Annual Meeting including special events, tours, sponsorships, and hospitality.

Annual Meeting Program Committee develops the content for sessions and workshops that relate to the theme developed by AASLH staff, Program, and Host chairs. Travel to one Program Committee meeting is required.

Audit Committee works via conference call to review AASLH’s annual independent audit and make recommendations to the AASLH Council. A majority of committee members must have financial expertise.

Editorial Advisory Board aids in the publication of books in the AASLH series with Rowman & Littlefield Press. The committee is charged to seek out and review proposals for the AASLH series of books, to think critically about the needs of the field, and to bring to the committee any new, interesting, and/or innovative research for possible publication. The committee meets quarterly via conference call to review proposals and reader reports, make recommendations on publications, and to brainstorm possible book ideas.

Election Committee is responsible for receiving the ballot count and reporting the results to the membership at the next Annual Business. The Election Committee Chair is neither an officer nor a member of Council as is appointed by the Chair of the Council

Finance Committee is chaired by AASLH’s Treasurer and meets via conference call to review financial statements prior to each Council meeting and the annual budget. The committee makes recommendations to staff and the AASLH Council as it sees fit. A majority of committee members must have financial expertise.

Governance Committee develops and provides the resources needed to help AASLH identify, recruit, educate, cultivate, utilize, and monitor the leadership needed to create a high functioning national organization that models best practices for its members and the field

Investment Committee is responsible for evaluating the investment strategies of AASLH’s restricted and unrestricted investments, and making adjustments to the strategies as warranted.  Members must have investment experience to some degree.

Leadership Nominating Committee works with Council to identify needs of AASLH and gain direction for a  slate of officers, Council members, and Leadership Nominating Committee members and develop a slate of candidates. One member is appointed by AASLH chair; others are elected by the membership. This committee serves one three-year term only.

Membership Committee is chaired by a former council member and is comprised of at least one current council members, with other members as assigned. The mission of the membership committee is to help develop strategies to increase and retain AASLH members, and to counsel on membership benefits and services.

National Awards Committee oversees the work of the AASLH Leadership in History Awards. AASLH bestows Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Awards serve as an inspiration to others in the field. The committee works with staff to administer the program. Regional chairs represent their respective regions in reviewing nominations from state chairs and submitting nominations to the national level. Each spring, regional chairs meet in Nashville to review award nominations and to pass the results of the judging on to their state reps. Travel is required of the regional chairs to the awards review meeting in Nashville.

Professional Standards and Ethics Committee
rovides ongoing counsel to the Council and President as needed, making recommendations for policy when required, issues position papers addressing sections of the AASLH Ethics Statement or related issues, acting as content and copy editor, and appoint subcommittee members or a volunteer author as appropriate for the task, reviews and, if necessary, makes recommendations to the AASLH Council to revise the AASLH Professional Ethics Statement, consults with staff when AASLH considers professional expectations or standards within the field, and works with AASLH’s StEPs program; the only national standards program for history organizations.


Affinity Groups
Affinity Group Committees provide advice and direction for the development of programs and services that benefit these special niches of the field; and to ensure that AASLH’s programs and services for these organizations are high quality, address identified needs of the membership, and reflect current issues and thinking in the field. Committee members work with and advise the AASLH staff liaison on the development of programs and services for the group. Depending upon interest and availability, members may agree to chair or work on a special project the committee chooses to undertake.

  • Affinity Groups includeBusiness History, Court and Legal History, Educators & Interpreters, Field Service Alliance, Historic House Museums, Military History, Nomenclature, Religious History, Small Museums, Visitors’ Voices, and Women’s History.


Task Forces
From time to time the AASLH chair appoints additional task force to develop the plans for a new program or service such as for strategic planning.

  • Advocacy: Advises the Council on ways to speak on behalf of the history community, from funding to governmental policy to particular controversial issues.
  • Creativity and Experimentation: Advises the Council on ways that organization can be more a more creative and experimental organization and inspire members and others in the field to be more creative and experimental.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Advises the Council on ways to build diversity and inclusion (racial/ethnic, cultural, dis/ability, and sexual identity) in the field of history and within the AASLH itself.
  • History News:  Reviews article submissions and identifies topics, volunteers to ensure the magazine provides articles on current trends, timely issues, and best practices for professional development, and the overall improvement of the field of state and local history.
  • Joint Task Force on Public History Education and Employment: Organized by NCPH, this group brings together the American Association for State and Local History, American Historical Association, National Council on Public History, and Organization of American Historians to examine how graduate training is preparing students for professional employment and how to strengthen connections between curriculum and employers’ needs.
  • Semiquincentennial: Address activities, goals, and outcomes for the upcoming 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding, as well as partnerships, and issues of relevance, diversity, and new perspectives.