Carol Kammen comments on local history practices in the United Kingdom and how historians in America can learn from the way they approach and remember the past.

Local history as a field in both countries has followed a similar trajectory and faces similar challenges today. Carol discusses the exciting cross-pollination of ideas that is happening between AASLH and our sister organization in the UK, the British Association of Local History. Both groups strive to educate, inspire and encourage the understanding of local history within academic and avocational circles.


While doing local history requires that we often work alone — in an archive, at a computer, checking the Internet, finding sources, even walking about in a library — we can learn from each other. We are each other’s best allies.