“As someone who was new to the field, I joined AAAM because of the opportunities for mentorship and because of the people that I saw connected to the organization. Over the years, I’ve gained several new colleagues that I can now call on to partner with my site and for counsel when issues arise.”

– Ashley Robertson, Ph.D.

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Joining AAAM Offers Countless Benefits


  • Quarterly electronic newsletter
  • Access to a Members-Only Message Board
  • Access to webinars and audio recordings
  • Access to information about grants and funding opportunities
  • Listings of job openings in the museum field
  • Networking and training opportunities
  • Eligibility for leadership opportunities in AAAM
  • Eligibility to present at the Annual AAAM Conference
  • Voting privileges to select AAAM Board Members

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Testimonials from AAAM Members

“After 20 years as a journalist, I was attempting to settle into a second career as a nonprofit executive. There are almost no parallels to journalism in museum work and being new to the field, I found it overwhelming. Joining AAAM has made all of the difference. I’ve connected with other museum professionals who’ve not only faced similar challenges, but have found solutions that they’ve most generously shared. I have found financial and information resources as well as energy and inspiration. Walking in the door, I felt as though I was being hunted. Since joining AAAM, I’ve been better able to hold my own and even do a bit of hunting myself. I can’t recommend joining enough.”

– Mark McCormick
Executive Director, Kansas African American History Museum & Current AAAM Board Member

“AAAM is a valuable asset to the museum community, and to the current and future stewards of African and African American history. I joined AAAM to align myself, and my organization, with other institutions that share similar missions to protect and preserve the history of the African Diaspora.”

– Timothy A. Barber
Executive Director, The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc.

“When we learn the lessons from our forebears, we inherit the inspiration to rise above the barriers before us.

AAAM and black museums allow us to learn those lessons.”

– Christopher Miller
Manager of Program Initiatives, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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