Member Benefits

Membership in the OAH provides valuable benefits for members throughout their professional lives. Take advantage of the Organization's many publications, resources, and professional discounts as you advance throughout your career.

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Process: a blog for american history

Process is the blog of the OAH, The Journal of American History, and The American Historian. It features posts about teaching, public history, careers in history, the newest scholarship on U.S. history, and more.

We invite you to explore the many benefits available to OAH members. Click on each heading to expand the list of benefits within that category.

Journal of American History

For over one hundred years, the JAH has been the leading scholarly publication in the field of American history. A major resource for students, scholars, history educators, and public historians, it includes reviews of books, films, museum exhibits, and textbooks for teaching, as well as coverage of international scholarship on the United States. To access JAH articles or to download the current eReader file, login to the OAH Member Services Portal.

The American Historian

The American Historian is a quarterly magazine dedicated to the topics and issues vital to our members. It covers the broad variety of needs and interests of our members, including primary and secondary teaching, professional development, archives and research, public history, digital history, and contemporary debates about the past. The TAH web site offers additional, web-only content. To access TAH electronically, please login to the OAH Member Services Portal.

Process: a blog for american history

Process is the blog of the OAH, The Journal of American History, and The American Historian. It features posts about teaching, public history, careers in history, the newest scholarship on U.S. history, and more.

The OAH Annual Meeting Program

Mailed to members each January, the OAH Annual Meeting Program includes information about the OAH Conference on American History, held in the spring of each year. The meeting provides an opportunity to join colleagues for conversations on a broad range of issues, make professional contacts, and view the latest historical publications, products, and services in the Conference Exhibit Hall. The meeting also includes teaching sessions and a series of professional development sessions for graduate students, as well as tours and off-site sessions.

OAH Online Member Directory

OAH Online Member Directory—Basic information (name, city and state, institution, fields of expertise) is listed in the Online Member Directory, allowing you to search for colleagues by areas of interest or location. This networking tool allows members to contact one another through a secure messaging system on the OAH web site. The recipient's email address will not appear to the sender. To view the directory, please log in.


Logo for OAH Career CoachThe OAH Career COACH® provides you with job listings in American history, career advice, interviews with individuals in history-related fields, as well as links to employment resources. Follow the OAH on Twitter for announcements about new content. Explore the OAH Career COACH® today.

OAH Career Center

The OAH Career Center allows members to confidentially post their resumes online and share them with potential employers in the field. Free to all active members, this service provides job seekers with easy to use online job application tools, automatic e-mail notifications of new positions, and the ability to manage their employment search by saving available job postings for later action.

Teaching Tools

Since 1907, the organization has been committed to excellence in teaching, from universities to precollegiate classrooms to museums. The OAH Magazine of History and OAH/NCHS Teaching Units encourage the use of primary sources in the classroom. “Teaching the JAH presents online tools to use the latest scholarly research in the Journal of American History in the U.S. survey course. OAH works on your behalf with foundations and other organizations to provide travel grants, professional development conferences, and other resources for history educators at all levels and in all settings.

OAH Magazine of History

Published quarterly between 1985 and 2013, each issue of the OAH Magazine of History focused on a theme in U.S. history. Articles drew upon recent scholarship, surveyed the historiography, and provided practical teaching strategies. Its goal was to enhance the teaching and presentation of U.S. history in secondary and college classrooms, as well as in public history settings. The OAH Magazine of History ceased publication with the October 2013 issue. Members may access the entire archive—all twenty-seven volumes—of the Magazine online. Please login to access the archives.

Individual Subscription to JSTOR

For $15, you also may choose an individual subscription to JSTOR, which provides full-text of the complete run of the Mississippi Valley Historical Review (1914-1964), and all issues, save for the last five years, of both the Journal of American History and the OAH Magazine of History. Subscriptions can be added at renewal for current members or on the member application form for new members or by calling the OAH business office at (812) 855-7311 between 8:00 and 5:00 eastern time. Please note that this subscription only provides access to OAH publications, not the entirety of JSTOR. If you want access to all of JSTOR, please see JPASS under "Professional Discounts."

Oxford English Dictionary

A complimentary online subscription to the Oxford English Dictionary. After logging in to the OAH Member Services Portal, click "Members-only Discounts" in the navigation bar.

Conference Registration

Members enjoy reduced registration rates for the OAH Conference on American History and receive an advance copy of the Conference Program.

JPASS Society Member Discount Program from JSTOR

Logo for JSTORJPASS: Your personal access plan to a digital library of more than 1,500 academic journals on JSTOR.

Access the most influential research and ideas published in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences over centuries—anywhere, anytime. As an OAH member you can purchase a twelve month subscription, which includes downloads of 120 articles, for only $99--a savings of $100.00 off the list price.

JPASS offers unlimited reading and 120 downloads of articles per year. Please note, if you purchase both JPASS and the $15 JSTOR subscription to OAH publications, any downloads of OAH publications (Journal of American History, OAH Magazine of History, or the Mississippi Valley Historical Review) will not count against your 120 download limit. Learn more about JPASS.

To sign up for JPASS, log in to the OAH member portal, then click on the "Members-only Discounts" link.

Discount on Colonial Williamsburg admission

Logo for Colonial Williamsburg Experience the world's largest Living History Museum. OAH members receive 20% off the price of admission when purchased through our web site. Simply login to the OAH Members Services Portal, click the Colonial Williamsburg logo, and purchase either one day or three day passes.

ACLS Humanities E-Book

American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book offers unlimited access to around 5,000 full-text, cross-searchable titles across the humanities and social sciences from the 1880s through the present. Subscriptions cost $25, are valid for twelve months, and become active the month following purchase. Subscriptions run concurrent with the OAH membership year and cannot be added after October 31. Members who join after May 1 may purchase a subscription, which will become active in early November.

Insurance Programs

Members residing in the United States are eligible to participate in the Trust for Insuring Educators insurance programs, which offer professional liability, term life, automobile, disability, and a range of other insurance services at group rates. Follow this link to learn more.

Discount on Community College Humanities Association membership


The Community College Humanities Association (CCHA), founded in 1979, is the only national organization for humanities faculty and administrators in two-year colleges. It is dedicated to strengthening and growing the humanities in two-year colleges as well as creating awareness of the value of humanities education for students, parents, employers, and members of the community.

Visit the CCHA individual membership page to see a complete list of benefits and to get more information.

Discounts with Oxford University Press

OAH members enjoy a 25% discount on history titles with Oxford University Press. To access this discount, log in to the OAH member portal, then click on the "Members-only Discounts" tab.

Discounts on Oxford University Press online subscriptions

Special discount on Oxford University Press online subscriptions. Choose from 6 online research tools at $30 each (up to $465 off the regular rate). Subscriptions run concurrent with the OAH membership year of November 1 – October 31. To receive this discounted pricing, log in to the OAH member portal, then click on the "Members-only Discounts" link.

American Heritage Free Subscription

American Heritage has relaunched in digital format. The iconic magazine returns to again bring critical perspective to today’s readers with articles and essays that explore timeless themes in U.S. history that have profoundly influenced the national character. Look for new authors and stories that bring history alive in exciting ways along with rich content from the vast American Heritage archives.

Visit to sign up for your complimentary one-year subscription.

10% Discount on HistoryPlunge Game

A game by LearningPlunge

HistoryPlunge was developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and is modeled after the highly successful GeoPlunge. HistoryPlunge consists of a variety of fast-paced games that fall within the core of the social studies curriculum and focuses on U.S. history from 1492 - present. It includes many games that can be played at different levels, so it is appropriate for students in elementary school through high school. HistoryPlunge motivates students to gain strong study and preparation skills that can then be applied to their other classes, while also giving them the confidence to succeed in learning and bolstering their self-esteem.

LearningPlunge is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to ignite a passion for learning through educational games in which critical thinking, knowledge, and fun are rolled into one.

Visit The Learning Plunge to learn more.

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