The Field Services Alliance (FSA) is made up of an eclectic group of professionals with wide-ranging backgrounds from all over the country who provide services (training, guidance, funding, and/or other assistance) to historical societies and museums in their states or regions. The AASLH Annual Meeting is an opportunity for us to catch up, share what we do with others, develop professionally, and generally have fun.

On Wednesday afternoon, we will meet to share updates, learn from AAM about how we can implement their Core Documents Workshop with our local museums, chat about the upcoming changes to laws governing overtime and minimum salary requirements, and go over our general business for the year. The meeting is open to anyone, so feel free to sit in and learn about what we do, or join us for an informal dinner at the Grand Trunk Pub at 6 p.m.

We also do a session every year featuring tips from our work; this year the FSA Tips: Training Volunteers session will be held on Friday at 8:30 a.m. The interactive session will be presented by staff from two Field Services offices and will be jam-packed with ideas for how to train volunteers and make their service a rewarding experience.

And after the conference, get in touch with a Field Services office in your area – we’d love to hear from you! The complete list of providers is available at In the meantime, we’ll see you in Detroit!