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2011 OAH Annual Meeting

More than 2,100 historians attended the 2010 OAH Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 7 to 10. The meeting theme, “American Culture, American Democracy,” was created by Program Committee Chair Tim Borstelmann, University of Nebraska, and OAH President Elaine Tyler May, University of Minnesota.

The first day of the meeting opened with the Teaching American History Grant Symposium, a joint project of the OAH and H-NET and sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This year was the fifth TAH Symposium hosted by OAH preceding the annual meeting. Thirty precollegiate teachers, university professors, and grant administrators came together to discuss current TAH grants and the future of the program. The popular Opening Night Reception, sponsored by the History Channel, wrapped up the first day of the meeting.

Day Two of the convention began with the opening of the 2010 OAH Book Exhibit. More than sixty sessions were scheduled, all capped off by a plenary session titled, “Environmental History: Retrospect and Prospect”, chaired by Donald Worster, University of Kansas.

Day Three of the meeting included the Community College Historians breakfast, sponsored by Bedford/St. Martin’s, which brought together more than fifty professors for community colleges around the country. Luncheons were hosted by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the OAH Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession, which included a keynote by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. The day wrapped up with the plenary "The United States in the World" chaired by Thomas Bender from New York University.

The meeting’s final day included an exhibit hall breakfast sponsored by Routledge and the 2010 Community College Worskhop, sponsored by Pearson. The meeting concluded with the OAH Awards Ceremony and Presidential Address by outgoing OAH President Elaine Tyler May of the University of Minnesota, followed by the Presidential and Distinguished Members Reception, sponsored by Pearson and Basic Books.