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


President’s Welcome

Zack Wilske

Zack Wilske

Welcome to the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG)! Our organization was founded in 1979 to serve the needs of the growing field of professional federal historians. Specifically, our purpose is to encourage, promote, and foster historical, archival, curatorial, and other related activities of and about the United States government. The Society serves as a forum for discussing and overcoming unique challenges faced by federal historians and other historical professionals, and provides networking and training opportunities for professionals and students.

Our nation and the federal government have changed in the last 37 years. However the need for trained professionals to document, preserve, and share the story of our country and its government and agencies has not diminished. The Society strives to support all the professionals who toil to meet this goal. Whether you are an historian, archaeologist, archivist, or other related professional working at the federal, state, or local level, the Society for History in the Federal Government has something to offer. I encourage you to join the Society and take advantage of our news features, and training and networking opportunities. Members keep up to date on items of interest via our quarterly newsletter, The Federalist, and our eBulletin. Members also receive copies of the annual Federal History journal and Explorations in Federal History, our newest publication that reviews a broad range of scholarship and examines current research on federal history. Members have opportunities to participate in topical meetings, job training seminars, and networking visits to federal, state, and local offices.

The SHFG advocates for U.S. government history and promotes the work of federal historians. Your participation strengthens our voice and increases the knowledge and experience of our members. We welcome your support and contributions. If you have an item of interest, a story about your work or office, or an event you would like to bring to the attention of our members, please let us know. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send a note addressed to my attention at

Welcome to the Society!

Zack Wilske

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