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





SHFG serves as the voice of the federal history community, bringing together government professionals with academic faculty, consultants, students, and a broad range of citizens interested in fostering a better understanding of the history of the federal government and the diverse ways in which federal history is produced. Founded in 1979, the Society works to address common concerns, support shared interests, and stimulate discussion across the federal history community.

Membership Rates

Dues are annual from January to December. Payments are accepted by check or credit card payment. Membership categories are as follows:
*Institutional member rate only includes subscriptions to all SHFG publications. Persons within any such organization who wish to receive additional benefits (such as a reduced rate to the SHFG annual conference) must become an individual member.

Join or Renew Membership

By Mail:  Complete our MEMBERSHIP FORM and mail with check to

SHFG Membership
P.O. Box 14139
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044-4139

Online Payment: »» Join or Renew Membership Online

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Donations —  The Society welcomes donations to support its varied activities and publications. Please send your check, designating the area of your support, or make an online donation to one of the following funds:

General Fund  (Awards program, publications, annual meeting, Hewlett Lecture)

Roger Trask Lecture


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.
  • An announcement and program for the annual meeting and invitations to take part in other Society activities.
  • Federal History journal — an annual scholarly journal with articles that explore federal history and  federal history work
  • A copy of each new Society publication, including:
    • The Directory of Federal Historical Programs and Activities
    • Special publications — examples include Federal Historical Programs: A Guide for Heads of Government Agencies, the Society’s statement of principles and standards for federal historians, and its report on the management of government oral history programs.

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 40 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 history community.

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