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American Association For State and Local History

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.aaslh.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Visitor's Count!
  2. Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs)
  3. Technical Leaflet Series
  4. State and Local History Book Series
Service Areas

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International

ruling year

1944

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Dr. John R. Dichtl

Keywords

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TENNESSEE NATIONAL history historical preservation museums collections & archives historical society

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EIN

39-0962197

 Number

0985199463

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies, Associations (Y03)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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AASLH is the only national historical association headquartered in Nashville, TN. The association provides over 5,500 members with professional development and national leadership to help them do their important work at the local level. Three current programs that will have a lasting impact on the field include: (1) Visitor's Count! is done in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville and offers history organizations a nationally-piloted survey for visitors, coupled with benchmarking and training; (2) Increase online Learning Opportunities through webinars and the online clearinghouse through the new AASLH website; and (3) Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) sets national benchmarks for areas of improvement in interpretation, collections management, educational programming, and management. Last year, AASLH underwent a leadership change and reviewed and overhauled several of its core operational processes, from membership to fundraising, marketing to committees, governance to staffing policies. At the same time, the association convened its typical large and dynamic annual meeting (in Louisville, Ky.) and strengthened its connections to multiple national advocacy efforts for history, from leadership roles in the History Relevance Campaign and the National Coalition for History, to key support of the American Alliance of Museums' work on best practices regarding "direct care" and of the National Council on Public History, American Historical Association, and Organization of American Historians' Joint Task Force on Public History Education and Employment. Our primary goal for the coming year is to expand our capacity to offer continuing education and professional development for history professionals as well as the non-professionals or volunteers who contribute so much to history organizations. In expanding our continuing education offerings of workshops, online courses, and webinars, we also aim to serve avocational historians, such as genealogists and lifelong learners across Middle Tennessee and the country.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Visitor's Count!

The Visitors Count! program, developed in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management of Nashville, helps museums implement positive institutional change. Through Visitor's Count's scientific and tested visitor survey and its resulting report, an institution receives information about visitor satisfaction and opinions plus valuable support material for strategic planning, fund raising, marketing, and program development. Moreover, the report provides benchmarks so a participating institution can compare its results with institutions of similar size from across the country. The nine-month program is offered twice each year and features visitor surveys developed specifically for museums, historic houses, or museum education divisions.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

62,030

Program 2

Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs)

Almost 800 historical institutions across the country are currently enrolled in a standards program for small- and mid-sized history museums and historical organizations. The three-year development project was funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. In addition to creating a set of voluntary standards, the project included the development of resource and training materials. State museum associations and field service offices throughout the U.S. were invited to work with the Association to assist institutions that want to implement the standards. The standards areas include mission and governance, management, audience, interpretation, and care of collections and historic structures. AASLH introduced the program to the museum field in 2008.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$17,500.00

Program 3

Technical Leaflet Series

For more than 50 years AASLH has been creating concise technical leaflets for professionals, non-professionals, employees, and volunteers in the historical arena. These hands-on, how-to guides provide a much-needed introduction to best practices on a broad range of topics of critical use to people working in city, state, regional, and national history organizations. There are now nearly 280 leaflets total. Some of the more recent ones show the range of topics covered: #272. How to Design Programs for Millenials (2015); #271. Museum Management Tune-Up (2015); #270. Integrating Science at a History Museum (2015) 269. Improving Financial Management (2015); #268. Building Better Budgets (2014); #266. Developing Comprehensive and Conscientious Interpretation of Slavery at Historic Sites and Museums (2014); and #264. Three Building Blocks for Developing Ethical Representations of Difficult Histories.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 4

State and Local History Book Series

In 2014, AASLH shifted its book publishing to a new partnership with Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group to continue AASLH's long tradition of professional development and continuing education the field of state and local history. From 1995-2013, we published an average of less than three books a year. Since 2014, we have increased production considerably, publishing nine titles that year, seven last year, with eighteen scheduled for 2016, and twenty-one under contract in 2017. Topics range from practical guides to establishing websites for history organizations or leadership recommendations for CEOs in the history field, to more interpretive, historical scholarship-based topics, such as the state of the field in Native American history at historic sites and museums to the state of the field for military history at historic sites and museums.Publishing books is a very important part of AASLH's service to the field.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

20,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

1. Funding for scholarships for workshop attendees from Tennessee (improving our reach across the state). 2. Scholarships for small institutional members so they can participate in AASLH Visitor's Count! or StEPs program. 3. Technology upgrades, from a more reliable computer system to a more reliable telephone system. 4. Funding for staff travel for professional development training workshops 5. Additional program staff member to enable a greater participation in the history and humanities community across Tennessee.

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR STATE AND LOCAL HISTORY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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American Association For State and Local History

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. John R. Dichtl

BIO

Dichtl has been President & CEO of the AASLH since May 2015. Prior to that he was Executive Director of the National Council on Public History, in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 2006 to 2015. Before that he was Deputy Executive Director at the Organization of American Historians (OAH), in Bloomington, Indiana, which is the largest professional and scholarly organization for practitioners of U.S. history. Dichtl was also Interim Executive Director at OAH and worked there from 1991 to 2005. He has also been president of the National Coalition for History, currently serves on its Policy Board, and currently is on the Executive Committee of the History Relevance Campaign. He has a PhD (2000) and MA (1995) from Indiana University in early American history.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"AASLH is a unique organization for Nashville. The association not only provides programs and services to history organizations in Tennessee, but nationally and, at times, internationally. AASLH has come under pressure many times to move its headquarters to Washington, DC—the place most national associations live. However, AASLH's staff and board believe Nashville is the perfect home for AASLH; a place outside of Beltway politics and closer to the ground where the work of state and local history is done in museums, historical societies, and archives. AASLH is the only national association that services state and local history organizations in America."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Julie Rose

West Baton Rouge Museum

Term: Oct 2014 - Sept 2016

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