• Detroit’s story reflects our own. Collectively 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 […]

  • In the second essay in our commemorative series, historian Rick Beard discusses the history of AASLH and historical trends in the last quarter of the 20th century. The 1976 American Bicentennial became the catalyst for a new era in historical interpretation, one that moved away from the traditional focus on sterile presentations of political history. […]

  • In the first in a series of commemorative essays, historian Rick Beard charts the founding and growth of AASLH over the past 75 years. From modest beginnings in a nation on the brink of entering World War II, AASLH has evolved into a powerful advocate and supporter for the needs of local and public history […]

  • This column looks at the phenomenon of “going viral” online with a preservation-focused example from a blog post about the Hershey chocolate factory. It asks what factors cause something to spread in social media and whether or not there is a use for comments generated by social media. Is there a way to capture the […]

  • Corporate history preserves the material culture of corporations and tells the story of American business history as well as community history. This AASLH community is designed for professionals within corporations or corporate museums who collect and interpret history or use history to market corporations, and provides a forum for networking and professional development. More Information

  • Public historians have numerous stakeholders in the history they present and interpret, all with set agendas and bias. Public historians working with corporate histories experience another layer of expectations of how history should be interpreted. Neil Dahlstrom of the Deere and Company Archives reflects on the unique challenges corporate historians face and provides his own […]