About AHA & Membership
About the AHA
The American Historical Association (AHA) is the largest professional organization in the United States devoted to the study and promotion of history and historical thinking. Only the AHA brings together historians from all specializations and professions, embracing their breadth, variety, and ever-changing activity. Whether you work in a museum, library or archive, college or university, government agency, secondary school, national park, or any of the myriad other places that employ historians, an AHA membership should play a vital part in your professional life.
The Association's expanded menu of individual benefits forms only one leg in the tripod of membership. Equally important are participation in a diverse and vibrant community, and support of advocacy work and professional services benefitting not only historians, but public culture broadly.
The AHA not only supports the ability of historians to do our work and benefit from the insights of our colleagues; since 1884, it has stood at the heart of the discipline, maintaining a consistent mission to advance historical knowledge in American life. This has become even more important as things we once took for granted-the number and nature of historians' jobs, the forums available for reaching the public, and the value accorded history education-become less certain. Americans remain interested in history; we know this from film and television, book sales, visits to historical sites and museums, and other data relating to how people spend their leisure time. The AHA stands committed to effectively translating that interest into appreciation for the labor and resources required to maintain high standards and active public roles for professional historians.
Featured Member Benefit
On the job market and having trouble managing your application materials? On a search committee and overwhelmed with applications? The AHA is happy to announce that we will be offering complimentary Interfolio services as a new member benefit. Interfolio is an online service that streamlines the application process for both job seekers and search committees by delivering and collecting professional dossiers.
Q: Does the AHA help with historical preservation?
A: Unfortunately, the AHA does not have the resources to conduct individual research regarding preservation requests. Nevertheless, the following organizations may be able to help you. National Trust for Historic Preservation Heritage Preservation National Register of Historic Places
Q: Does the AHA endorse or publish books?
A: As a membership organization, the AHA does not endorse books or films. However, we do award book prizes, research grants, fellowships, and awards for scholarly distinction. For more information please see the follow link: http://historians.org/prizes/index.cfm.
Q: Is this the American Historic Society (coin sellers)?
A: The AHA is in no way affiliated with the American Historic Society nor do we have anything to do with selling coins.
Being a member of the American Historical Association means that you have available to you valuable publications, resources and discounts. The AHA's expanded menu of individual benefits forms only one leg in the tripod of membership. Equally important is the participation in a diverse and vibrant community, and support of advocacy work and professional services benefiting not only historians, but public culture broadly.
I think I should thank the AHA for helping many of us in this profession get jobs, share our work, find colleagues, have a collective voice, and be featured on blogs. All of it is important, and we are lucky to have the organization.
Richard S. Fogarty