Bringing together government professionals, academics, consultants, students, and citizens interested in understanding federal history work and the historical development of the federal government.


About the Society

Founded in 1979, the Society works to address common concerns, support shared interests, and stimulate discussion across the federal history community. The work of that community takes many forms, including documentary collections, historic preservation and interpretation, institutional histories, museum exhibitions, oral history programs, policy research, records and information management, and reference services. The Society’s membership is similarly diverse, including not only historians but also archaeologists, archivists, consultants, curators, editors, librarians, preservationists, and others engaged in or committed to government history.

Membership Benefits

As a Society member you will receive

  • The Federalist — a quarterly newsletter of information on Society activities, federal historical offices, and topics of current interest.
  • Federal History — an annual scholarly journal with articles on the history of the federal government and military and how they have affected our society
  • An announcement and program for the annual meeting and invitations to take part in other Society activities.
  • E-mail bulletins of special events, job listings, agency news, and other announcements
  • An invitation to the annual holiday reception

And your membership will help make possible:

  • Meetings and symposia — not only the annual spring meeting but also the fall Richard G. Hewlett Lecture, professional development seminars, and occasional symposia, frequently cosponsored with other professional organizations.
  • Awards — prizes for distinction in historic preservation, historical exhibitions, documentary editions, reference materials, and book-length and article publications; the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Prize for outstanding contributions to the study of federal government history; and the President’s Award for outstanding service to the Society.
  • Action committees — opportunities for every member to take an active role in shaping the future of history. Join a committee on access and declassification, archives and information management, professional development, exhibits and museums, or National History Day or one responsible for Society membership, publications, or programs.
  • Advocacy — through the Society’s membership in the National Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History, an advocacy coalition that brings together over forty organizations in the historical and archival professions.
  • Representation — ensuring the participation of the federal history community in broader discussions and initiatives, such as the collaborative effort among professional associations to develop a statement on the rights and responsibilities of historians working in museums and historical organizations.

Please join us — what better way is there to meet colleagues and play an active role in support of the federal historical community.

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