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Professional Organizations & Resources

There are many different organizations you can belong to, both as a museum professional or just a vistor or museum supporter. Check out some of these and support the museum field!

American Assocation for State and Local History star[offsite link]
The American Association for State and Local History provides leadership service and support for its members, who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American Society.

American Association of Museums star[offsite link]
AAM´s mission is to represent the museum community, address its needs, and enhance its ability to serve the public.

ArchiveGrid star[offsite link]
This website provides unparalleled access to archive records and finding aids.

Association of Midwest Museums star[offsite link]
The Association of Midwest Museums provides resources to museums and cultural institutions and services to museum professionals in an eight-state region in the Midwest, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Automobile in American Life and Society star[offsite link]
This NEH-funded website contains essays and case studies on the automobile´s relationship to labor, gender, race, design, and the environment.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers star[offsite link]
This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Costume Society of America star[offsite link]
The Costume Society of America advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance. CSA works to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of costume.

National Archives star[offsite link]
This website is the gateway to the vast resources of the National Archives. Explore historic document, online exhibits, and more.

National Council for History Education star[offsite link]
The National Council for History Education promotes the importance of history in schools and in society. NCHE links history in the schools with many activities sponsored by state and local organizations. NCHE provides a network for all advocates of history education, whether in schools, colleges, museums, historical councils, or comunity groups.

National Council on Public History star[offsite link]
The National Council on Public History is a the professional association devoted to the study and practice of public history. For more than 20 years, NCPH has worked to enhance the public´s awareness of the value and uses of history and to serve the growing community of public historian

Organization of American Historians star[offsite link]
The Organization of American Historians promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, and encourages wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of all practitioners of history.

PBS star[offsite link]
The PBS website provides many interesting links through their "American Experience" series. They also provide links to more resources.

Smithsonian Collection Search Engine star[offsite link]
Search over 2 million records with 265,900 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian´s museums, archives & libraries.

The Association for Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums star[offsite link]
ALHFAM is the museum organization for those involved in living historical farms, agricultural museums, outdoor museums of history and folklife and those museums - large and small - that use "living history" programming.

The History Channel star[offsite link]
While it is a bit commericial, The History Channel has many wonderful resources, including online exhibits, video clips, and history classroom activities.

The Library of Congress star[offsite link]
Great resources for adults, kids, and families, including a Today in History feature, the American Memory Project, and virutal exhibitions.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation star
What is the National Trust for Historic Preservation? See what significant historic properties the Trust owns that are open as museums.

The Regional Alliance for Preservation star[offsite link]
RAP is a national network of nonprofit organizations with expertise in the field of conservation and preservation.

The Textiles Collection star[offsite link]
This site includes over 3000 artifacts, ranging from Coptic textiles dating from 800-1000 AD through British woolen cloths, Kashmir shawls, African strip weaving, and Scandinavian furnishing fabrics from 1950 to 1990.

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