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State of the Field Sessions Public History  Teaching Professional Development Community College
LGBTQ Gilded Age & Progressive Era Women ALANA Foreign Relations
Digital Humanities Western History Native American Urban History Labor 


Join us as we explore what historians miss when we avoid topics that have come to be regarded as taboo. How are familiar histories complicated, enriched, or transformed when we address issues that have been silenced or avoided in the past?

Program Committee

Lincoln Bramwell (Cochair), USDA Forest Service
Andrea Geiger (Cochair), Simon Fraser University
William Bauer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Cheryll Ann Cody, Houston Community College-West Loop Campus
Lilia Fernández, The Ohio State University
Beverly Gage, Yale University
Peter C. Mancall, University of Southern California
Debra Michlewitz, Townsend Harris High School at Queens College and Master Teacher/Coordinator, Gilder Lehrman Institute
Donna Murch, Rutgers University

Local Resource Committee

Kevin Fernlund (Cochair), University of Missouri-St. Louis
Peter Kastor (Cochair), Washington University in St. Louis
Deborah Cohen, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Lorri Glover, Department of History, Saint Louis University
Karen M. Goering, Missouri History Museum
Mark Smith, John Burroughs School
Clair Willcox, University of Missouri Press



NEW:       "Pub" Hub

The Organization of American Historians is committed to building community and providing opportunities that nurture and expand the U.S. history profession. In Atlanta, we introduced the "Hey, I Know Your Work!" Mentorship Program, which matched current students and recent graduates with established scholars for networking and mentorship at the conference and beyond.

For the 2016 Annual Meeting we invite registered members who have a manuscript, dissertation, or proposal to sign up to meet with a publisher in a private and comfortable setting on Saturday morning.

Read more here


Thursday, April 16, 1:45-3:15pm
Sponsored by Oxford University Press

Moderator:Christian Purdy, Director of Publicity for Oxford University Press USA
Panelists: Tony Messenger, Editor-St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial page; Sarah Russo, Social Media Consultant-Sarah Russo Public Relations; St. Louis area radio/TV producer TBD

Are you looking to improve your media profile? Do your articles and op-eds get ignored or rejected by editors? Do you panic and mumble into the microphone when doing radio interviews or fumble and flail when in front of a camera? Do you need to have a social media platform to get noticed by major media today?

This session offers helpful tips on crafting articles and op-eds that don't get rejected, presents approaches for participating in radio and TV interviews, and offers suggestions on navigating social media platforms to best highlight your research and establish you as producers' go-to historian. Join this session to learn important insights on how to get editors to say "yes" to your pitch and what radio/TV producers are looking for in subject experts to get you in their address books and onto their radio/TV shows.


"Take us out to the ballgame!": OAH Baseball Outing - SOLD OUT

Friday, April 17 - 7:15 pm - Busch Stadium
$100.00 - 
Limited seating


Join your peers for a night at the ballgame. Come see the St. Louis Cardinals play the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. We have reserved a group area for OAH attendees to mingle, eat, drink, and take in the game at the Scoreboard Patio. Tickets include:

Tickets cannot be guaranteed after January 30, 2015, price and availability subject to change.

If you are already registered please call 812 855 7311 to add this to your registration or register for the conference and game today!

Tickets are non-refundable


The Organization of American Historians is committed to welcoming a new generation of young teachers and scholars into its ranks.  However, early convention experiences are often lonely ones as newcomers seek to meet other scholars and establish professional networks. We invite mentees to meet with volunteer mentors  for forty-five minutes to an hour to discuss their research, professional aspirations, or simply to become acquainted. Click here for more details!

Museum Displays

Located in the Exhibit Hall the museum displays demonstrate some of the collections from local organizations and institutions. This years displays include:
- St. Louis: Capital City of the Fur West
- Thrill Seekers: The Rise of Men's Magazines
- National History Day: The Next Generation of Scholars
- Gateway to History: Selections from the St. Louis LGBT History Project
- Selections from the Washington University Special Collections
Click here for further information 

State of the Field Sessions

State of the field sessions at the OAH Annual Meeting are intended to bring participants up-to-speed on subfields or specific areas in the discipline of American history. These content-rich sessions will present the new literature in a given area, and explore new developments and approaches that have emerged in recent years.

Poster Presentations

Located on the Exhibit Floor

Posters will be on display and their creators will be available to discuss their projects. The poster session format is for history presentations that use visual evidence. It offers an alternative for presenters eager to share their work through one-on-one discussion. Soak in the exhibits and chat with history practitioners who have put their work on display. Read more...

Meet with a Career Adviser

Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18
Sign up at the OAH Booth!
Whether you're contemplating a career in or out of academia, you can meet with Dr. Kate Duttro, a career coach who works specifically with grad students and postdocs. Whatever your dream career, you'll have a chance to consider the pros and cons, go a little deeper in your explorations, or begin planning your next action steps. Find out more about your strengths and learn how your energy and career success are dependent on focusing on those strengths.

Opening Night Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Thursday, April 16, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Don't miss this popular event, which celebrates the opening day of the Exhibit Hall on the first night of the meeting. Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to meet with friends while browsing the exhibits. Take this opportunity to visit and talk with exhibitor representatives, plan your book-shopping strategy, or meet colleagues before dinner.

The Civil War at 150

During the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War (2011--2015), the Organization of American Historians is committed to bringing the best current thinking on this complex era to a wide audience through a Web project and in a myriad of other ways. Our resources in this area include current and archival articles from our print publications, sessions at our annual conferences, OAH Distinguished Lecturers, and podcast conversations with leading public and academic historians