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Upcoming webinars

4/28, 12:30 p.m.
Preserving Your Congregation’s History
PA State Archives

The Pennsylvania State Archives is pleased to offer another event in its Community History Dialog series: Preserving Your Congregation’s History, which will be held online, April 28th from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Join us in this online discussion to inspire and help social communities think about how they can collect and preserve their own history. The event is free but requires registration.

Click here to register or copy and paste this link in your browser:

Preserving Your Congregation’s History

Many communities are brought together by shared religious views, beliefs and experiences. Preserving the stories of congregations— whether they are newly formed or have gathered for generations— is critical to understanding that community’s history and the larger history we all share. Join us to learn how Mother Bethel AME Church, Christ Church, Philadelphia, and Beth Sholom Synagogue of Johnstown have been working to preserve the records and stories of their congregations and how your worship community might preserve its own history.


Margaret Jerrido, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church
Carol Smith, Christ Church, Philadelphia
Barry Rudel, Beth Sholom Synagogue of Johnstown

About the Community History Dialog Series:

A social community is a group of people who share some common characteristic, attitude, interest, or goals and who consider themselves to be a community. Communities might be connected by ethnic or cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation or gender identity, religious beliefs, or other shared experiences, and can be represented by a formal organization, or a community’s members can be more loosely connected. The goal of the Community History Dialog is to help such communities identify and preserve their history.

The Pennsylvania State Archives started this series in 2020 to gather community groups, archivists, and others to share their own experiences collecting and preserving their community’s stories and offer guidance. These discussions are helpful to groups just beginning to preserve their history or those who have significant collections already but are seeking next steps.

Recordings of previous Community History Dialog events and additional resources for community history projects can be found here:

4/28, 1 p.m.
Chad Barger, Monthly Giving: Your Nonprofit Sustainability Plan

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a session on launching, marketing and growing a monthly giving program at your nonprofit organization.  Chad will highlight the data behind why monthly giving is the key to nonprofit sustainability and then provide specific, actionable steps that you can take to launch or expand a monthly giving program.  Templates and resources will be provided to help attendees implement the recommendations.

Registration required.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

Upcoming Online Courses

5/24 – 6/21: Introduction to Financial Management
6/7 – 7/11: Basics of Archives
6/7 – 8/1: Caring for Museum Collections
6/7 – 8/1: Developing Exhibitions: Design
6/7 – 8/1: Leadership and Administration for History Organizations

2020 Annual Meeting Recordings

Did you miss the first-ever AASLH all-virtual conference? Catch up on all the plenaries, keynotes, and sessions from the 2020 AASLH Online Annual Meeting by registering for recordings à la carte.

Recorded Webinars

If you missed any webinars we’ve offered this year, they are available on-demand in the AASLH Resource Center. There are dozens of past webinars addressing topics like reopening, deaccessioning, virtual internships, and more. You can view them here.

2021 NCHE Online Conference,
April 8-11

Early Bird Registration Now Available
Rates will increase on January 1st.

To register, go to:

Contact John Csepegi at or (240) 888-4105

AASLH Annual Meeting and Conference

AASLH/AMA 2021 Annual Meeting, September 22-25: The AASLH Program Chair, Michelle Moon, the 2021 Program and Host Committees, and AASLH staff are working to turn the Annual Meeting in Little Rock into a transformative experience. Every attendee will have the opportunity to be a true participant in a rich offering of workshops, tours, in-depth discussions, hands-on experiences, and social events. Days spent onsite with colleagues will include additional plenary events and more shared experiences inside and out of the conference program. Attendees will also be encouraged to visit history institutions and sites in the Little Rock area with colleagues or on their own and to participate in workshops and tours that maximize the history, culture, and places of the host city.

AASLH 2021 Online Conference, October 12-15: The 2021 Online Conference will continue to be an inspirational and informative experience. The online meeting will focus on sessions that allow speakers to share their stories, strategies, and expertise while interacting with participants through the chat function and some breakout rooms. The flexibility of the online format also allows the conference to be more reflective of crucial topics that emerge for the field in the months and weeks before the virtual meeting. Happy hours and discussion groups will also make more use of the Zoom break out rooms to encourage conversation between participants. This is an opportunity to improve on the successful online 2020 conference and to reach a larger percentage of our members and nonmembers around the country.