News & Advocacy


The latest activity of the AHA and historians in supporting history and historical thinking.

  • AHA Sends Letter in Support of Women's History Museum (September 2020)

    Sep 18, 2020 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) expressing support of S.959, the Smithsonian Women’s Museum Act, which would authorize the creation of a National Women’s History Museum as part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. “The AHA is proud to support this bill,” the letter states, “and in the process affirm the central role women have played in the shaping of American history.”

  • AHA Members Named as COVID-19 Rapid-Response Grantees (September 2020)

    Sep 18, 2020 - 

    AHA members Erika Lee (Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities) and Allyson Poska (Univ. of Mary Washington) received Rapid-Response Grants on Covid-19 and the Social Sciences awarded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). The grants support “innovative and ethically informed projects using remote methods on key issues impacted by COVID-19,” according to the SSRC.

  • AHA Members Now Receive Discount with Historic Hotels of America (September 2020)

    Sep 14, 2020 - 

    The AHA announces a new partnership with Historic Hotels of America to give members 10-30% off the best available rate at participating hotels through the Friends of Historic Hotels discount. An official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America includes more than 300 historic hotels in the US and worldwide. Log into MyAHA to access the discount code for your next hotel reservation.

  • AHA Letter Registering Concern over Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice (September 2020)

    Sep 09, 2020 - 

    The AHA recently sent a letter to the Québec Ministry of Culture in regards to the Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice archive and library in Montréal. The AHA expressed “grave concern for the future preservation, maintenance, and accessibility” of the historically significant archives and collections at Saint-Sulpice, following the recent firing of the professional staff charged with overseeing these collections.

  • AHA Executive Director Quoted in Star Tribune (September 2020)

    Sep 09, 2020 - 

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman was recently quoted in a Star Tribune article, “George Floyd? Donald Trump? Hero statue nominations are in,” by Ellen Knickmeyer, Alan Suderman, and Jim Anderson (August 31, 2020).

  • AHA Member Receives Fulbright (September 2020)

    Sep 08, 2020 - 

    AHA member Sergei Zhuk (Ball State Univ.) was recently awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award. He will lecture at Guangzhou University of Foreign Studies in the People’s Republic of China as part of a project called “Teaching Chinese Students of American Colonial History and Cultural Cold War in Comparative Historical Perspective.”

  • Bibliography of Historians’ Responses to COVID-19 Now Available (August 2020)

    Aug 25, 2020 - 

    As part of its NEH CARES-funded project, “Confronting a Pandemic: Historians and COVID-19,” the American Historical Association has compiled a professionally vetted bibliography of historians’ responses to COVID-19 as a resource for the public, teachers, and scholars seeking historical perspectives on the current crisis and its local and global impacts. Educators will find the bibliography especially valuable as an index of online resources useful for remote instruction. The bibliography project is ongoing. Do you have a recent publication to include in the bibliography? Submit it here.

  • AHA Position Opening -- Director of Research and Publications (August 2020)

    Aug 18, 2020 - 

    August 17, 2020 — Join our collaborative team of staff dedicated to promoting history and supporting the work of historians. The AHA is accepting applications for Director of Research and Publications. We will begin reviewing applications on September 7, 2020.

  • AHA Member Receives Highest Harvard Faculty Honor (August 2020)

    Aug 14, 2020 - 

    AHA member Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard Univ.) was recently named University Professor, Harvard's highest faculty honor.  Among Gordon-Reed’s other honors are a Pulitzer Prize in History, the National Book Award for Nonfiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Humanities, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Of Gordon-Reed, the university president says “[she] has changed how people think about America.” Watch Annette Gordon-Reed in the recent AHA webinar, Erasing History or Making History? Race, Racism, and the American Memorial Landscape.

  • AHA Announces Remote Teaching Resources and Issues Call for Materials (August 2020)

    Aug 14, 2020 - 

    The American Historical Association has launched Remote Teaching Resources to help our members and colleagues with the challenges of being a historian, and a history teacher, in a virtual environment. This ongoing project compiles materials and tools to aid historians in developing courses and teaching remotely in online and hybrid environments, providing a central location where instructors can access high-quality materials that meet professional standards. All resources are vetted by a team of historians at the AHA. Remote Teaching Resources is part of “Confronting a Pandemic: Historians and COVID-19,” which has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, using funding from the CARES Act. 

    To use Remote Teaching Resources, simply visit the site and find the resource you need. Remote Teaching Resources includes accessibility guides, pedagogy resources, and materials specific to a range of places, eras, topics, and fields. Resources are available in a wide range of formats, including filmed lectures, podcasts, short videos, lesson plans, syllabi, assignments, primary sources with discussion questions, online museum exhibits, maps, and a wide range of digital history projects useful for instruction. To maximize the number and range of resources available prior to the fall semester, the AHA encourages historians to submit teaching materials to the project using this form. No contribution is too small. New resources will be uploaded weekly through December 31, 2020.