This short post will consist of a declaration of joy at having finally joined the American Historical Association under a student membership. Having selected not to receive print publications (moving addresses semi-frequently, backtracking from the U.S. to my British hometown, then to the University of York, then to the hometown again), I procured a one-year membership for $28. Not bad given the services offered by the main professional community of historians and historical enthusiasts from outside the discipline.
Among the many grants, fellowships and academic opportunities that the AHA makes available to its members, there is the invaluable benefit of having immediate access to the professional and social networks of the mainstream body of history in academia. Acquiring membership of the AHA is something I would highly recommend to students even at undergraduate level (why not pre-university level?) for these reasons foremost. And for $28, why not?