AASLH Announces New 250th Anniversary Program Handbook

July 2, 2024

This week, the American Association for State and Local History announced the publication of the 250th Anniversary Program Handbook, their latest resource to help state and local history organizations prepare for the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026.

This publication features more than 30 low-cost program ideas specifically geared towards smaller organizations to provide them with practical program suggestions they can use. The handbook includes ideas for:

  • K – 12 and youth programs
  • Inviting your community to share their stories and learn from each other
  • Expanded tour offerings
  • Reimagining exhibitions
  • Social and digital media
  • Civic engagement
  • History-themed gatherings

In 2026, the United States will commemorate the 250th anniversary (the “Semiquincentennial”) of its founding. This anniversary presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to share the whole history of our nation and make progress in becoming a more perfect union. It also offers a chance to transform and strengthen the history field, preparing it to thrive for decades to come.

To help achieve these goals, AASLH provides leadership and resources for history practitioners and organizations of all types and sizes. We are monitoring national, regional, and local commemoration plans, advocating for greater funding, convening stakeholders across the nation, and developing publications, workshops, and events to assist those preparing for the anniversary.

AASLH hopes that all people in all places will join in commemorating the 250th. By sharing the whole history of our country, we can ensure history organizations continue to cultivate a sense of belonging in their communities and inform important civic conversations.

You can download the Handbook (Free, but you must register) and find additional resources to help you prepare for the 250th at aaslh.org/250.


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