AASLH 2022 Virtual Conference

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#AASLH2022 Right Here, Right Now: The Power of Place

In 2022, AASLH offered two conferences: the in-person Annual Conference and the Virtual Conference. Both conferences share the same theme but have different programs.

From Plymouth Rock to Ellis Island to Wounded Knee, history is powerfully embedded in our sense of place. Place offers a powerful lens through which we can view the past, challenging us to think beyond our modern cityscapes to consider the full history of the space we now call the United States.

Our conference theme, Right Here, Right Now: The Power of Place, suggests many questions. What place is important to you? To your community? Do you see these stories reflected in your museums, historic sites, and the local cultural sector? Who decides what places are saved or interpreted and what ends up being worth saving? Answers to these questions trace back to who is at the table when discussing memorializing an event in history or a place in time, who holds authority in decision making processes, structures of power that often go unseen or unaddressed.

What is the AASLH Virtual Conference?

The 2022 AASLH Virtual Conference was held on November 1 – 3. Each day featured a plenary session followed by concurrent and brown bag sessions. Each day ended with networking happy hours.

The Virtual Conference is designed to be an inspirational and informative experience, with flexibility for incorporating emerging issues and broad reach for bringing in more voices. The Virtual Conference is more accessible for many people because of its lower financial and time cost, which makes it possible to include a larger percentage of our members and nonmembers around the country. We can also be more responsive to crucial topics that emerge for the field in the months and weeks beforehand. Participants will be encouraged in multiple ways to connect with each other, build their networks, and to continue discussions outside of sessions.

Program Guide

Download our Program and get an overview of all things 2022 AASLH Virtual Conference. All general, concurrent, and brown bag sessions will be recorded. The recordings will be made available in the conference portal soon. All general and concurrent sessions will be available later in the AASLH Resource Center.

2022 AASLH Virtual Conference Program

2022 AASLH Virtual Conference Accessible Schedule

Thank You 2022 Sponsors

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Meeting Safety & Responsibility Policy

AASLH is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AASLH staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, AASLH staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by this Meeting Safety & Responsibility Policy. This Policy applies to all AASLH meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than AASLH but held in conjunction with AASLH events, in public or private facilities. 

Unacceptable Behavior

AASLH has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment in any form, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. This policy also covers any virtual meetings hosted by the association. 

Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threateningcyber-bullying, or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AASLH staff member, service provider, or other meeting guests. 

Physical or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AASLH staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest or disruption of presentations at sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by AASLH  will not be tolerated. 

 If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, AASLH asks that you inform either John Dichtl, CEO, dichtl@aaslh.org or 615-320-3203 or Bethany Hawkins, Chief of Operations, hawkins@aaslh.org or 615-320-3203 so that we can take the appropriate action. You can also or email council@aaslh.org. 

AASLH reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and AASLH reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting. 

Based on guidelines from the American Society of Society Executives, https://annual.asaecenter.org/meetingsafety.cfm. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the 2022 AASLH Annual Conference and the 2022 AASLH Virtual Conference the same thing?
No. This year, AASLH is offering two experiences joined under one theme. The 2022 theme is Right Here, Right Now: The Power of Place. The onsite Annual Conference is designed to be more participatory and connect attendees to the location and each other. The virtual conference is designed to provoke, inspire, and inform. Sessions were chosen by the program committee for each experience depending on the presenter’s goals for the session.

Are the sessions available to view at a later time?

General Sessions, Concurrent Sessions, and Brown Bag Lunches will be recorded. Recordings will be made available in the conference portal after the end of the conference. Registrants will have access to the recordings in the conference portal for at least 12 weeks following the live event.

General Session recordings will be made available for free in the AASLH Resource Center after the conference portal closes, approximately 12 weeks after the live event. Concurrent Session recordings will be made available for purchase in the AASLH Resource Center after the conference portal closes, approximately 12 weeks after the live event.

Will captioning be provided?
Yes, captioning will be provided on all sessions.

Can more than one person use the same log in to watch?
No. Each person will need to register for the conference to receive access.

How do I register?
Register online here.

I am a speaker and I plan to attend only on the day that I am speaking. Do I need to pay a registration fee?
Yes, everyone who attends the conference needs to fill out a registration form and pay for their registration.

I am a staff member of an Institutional Member, what do I need?
You need your Institution’s membership number to receive membership rates.

I need to register someone other than myself. Can I use my username and password to register them?
No. Each attendee will need to register themselves with a unique username and password.

I forgot my username and password to register.
Visit aaslh.org, click Membership Center in the upper right corner, and click the link to reset your password.

I need a receipt. Send an email to info@aaslh.org to request a receipt.