Associations, Memberships, & Groups

Associations, Memberships, & Groups

AAM LogoAssociations and Institutional Memberships

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is proud to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

The American Alliance of Museums is the national organization representing the museum community and addressing its needs, thereby enhancing the ability of museums to serve the public interest.
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We are also proud to be associated with the following organizations:

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

  • The American Association for State and Local History provides leadership, service, and support for its members, who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society.

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Independent Research Library Association (IRLA)

  • The Independent Research Libraries Association was established in 1972 in order to address the future of independent, privately supported research libraries.

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Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC)

  • A non-profit membership organization, SEMC strives to increase educational and professional development opportunities, improve the interchange of ideas and information, and encourage respect and collegiality among its members and the larger museum community.

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Virginia Association of Museums (VAM)

  • VAM brings together the individuals and institutions of the Virginia museum community to further education and training, foster development, and provide support for museums and their staff.

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1619 Advisory Committee
The 1619 Advisory Committee provides guidance throughout the development of a major exhibition opening in June of 2019 that will explore 400 years of African American history—from the arrival of the first Africans in English North America in 1619 to the present day. This exhibition reflects the museum’s commitment to representing all Virginians and sharing their diverse stories. The committee consists of the following distinguished scholars, museum professionals, public historians, and civic leaders who bring a diverse range of expertise to this project:

Dr. Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus, University of Richmond • Victor Branch, Senior Vice President, Richmond Market President, Bank of America • Rev. Benjamin P. Campbell, Episcopal Priest & Pastoral Associate, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Richmond) • Dr. Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Professor of History and Director, Public History Program, Howard University • Dr. Spencer Crew, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History, George Mason University (former director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History) • Dr. Claudrena Harold, Professor of African American and African Studies and History, University of Virginia • Dr. Julian Maxwell Hayter, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond • Dr. James Horn, President, Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation • Adele Johnson, Interim Executive Director, Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia • The Honorable Delores L. McQuinn, Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates • Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Interim Dean, Professor of History, and Director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for the Study of the African Diaspora, Norfolk State University • Justin G. Reid, Director of African American Programs, Virginia Humanities • Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer, Robert H. Smith Senior Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Educators Advisory Board
The purpose of the Educators Advisory Board is to assist the Virginia Museum of History & Culture in developing and evaluating K-16 teacher and student programs. The members of the board make recommendations, promote the society’s programs to their colleagues, and serve as advocates for the museum and its mission. The board consists of the following elementary and secondary school teachers, social studies supervisors, school administrators, and university professors:

Chris Averill • Milondra Coleman • Mary Frye • Robert E. Patterson • Nancy Rives • Renee Serrao • Carol Anne K. Simopoulos • Thelma Williams Tunstall • Sabra Willhite • Elisabeth E. Wray

Editorial Advisory Board
The Editorial Advisory Board helps to maintain the high scholarly standards of the museum’s quarterly journal, the Virginia Magazine of History & Biography. Its members, each of whom serve a three-year term, make recommendations concerning the disposition of submitted articles and select the winners of the magazine’s two annual awards—the C. Coleman McGehee Award for the best article by a graduate student and the William M. E. Rachal Award for the best overall article that appeared the previous year in the Virginia Magazine. The board consists of the following university professors and independent scholars:

Eric Burin, University of North Dakota • Peter S. Carmichael, Gettysburg College • Elizabeth A. Georgian, University of South Carolina Aiken • Kevin R. C. Gutzman, Western Connecticut State University • Charlene Boyer Lewis, Kalamazoo College • Jeffrey L. Littlejohn, Sam Houston State University • Julie Richter, College of William and Mary • Gregory D. Smithers, Virginia Commonwealth University • Nicole Myers Turner, Yale University