"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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Van de Vyver Institute Diploma
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Associations and institutional memberships

AAM LogoThe VHS 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.
Web site: www.aam-us.org

The VHS is 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.
  • Web site: www.aaslh.org

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.
  • Web site: irla.lindahall.org

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.
  • Web site: www.semcdirect.net

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.
  • Web site: www.vamuseums.org