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 organizations.

Beard’s essay discusses the changes in AASLH programming, leadership, and focus over the years as the organization has adapted to a changing world.

Look for more essays celebrating our 75th anniversary in future issues of History News.

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