Bob Beatty

  • Vice President for Programs
  • American Association for State & Local History
  • Twitter: @AASLH

Bob Beatty is Vice President for Programs for the American Association for State & Local History where he leads AASLH’s professional development program including workshops, an annual meeting, AASLH's active affinity groups and other initiatives, and publications as editor of History News and a member of the AASLH Editorial Advisory Board. From 1999-2007 he directed the Education Department at the Orange County (FL) Regional History Center where he led or oversaw dozens of community outreach programs including school partnerships, youth and family activities, adult programming, and partnerships ranging from Boys and Girls clubs to community affinity groups. He strongly believes that the discovery of local heritage helps in the building of more vibrant communities, a theory reinforced by his work at AASLH and the History Center and research for his master’s thesis, “Legacy to the People: Community and the Orange County Regional History Center,” which examined the ideal of community service in the context of the history of the American museum movement.