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Conference Highlights



Are you interested in publishing your work? The Hub offers you the opportunity to connect with a select group of publishers in a private, focused setting to chat about the future of your manuscript.
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The Library Bar

New in 2016, the Library Bar is open on Friday and Saturday and offers lounging areas, concessions, an afternoon pick-me-up in the form of coffee, recharge stations....and of course, a bar!


Since its conception in 2014, the mentorship program  has connected many recent and current grads with seasoned scholars to nurture their professional networks.
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NEW - 

The OAH's Unconference!
Located in the Library Bar on Saturday - this new interactive setting invites you to drive a discussion or debate about pre-determined topics in a relaxed and unstructured environment.
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Sessions by special interest

Public History Digital Humanties  Teaching / Education Professional Development Intellectual History
Political Women ALANA
Environment Business & Economy Military Urban Labor

Museum Displays

Located in the Exhibit Hall, the museum displays showcase local history and the work of local historians. The 2015 displays are hosted by the Rhode Island Historical Society and include: 

  • Rhode Island in the Time of Lincoln
  • Elisha Hunt Rhodes: Prepared to do my Whole Duty
  • Forgotten History: Rhode Island and the Slave Trade
  • Rhode Island: Faith and Freedom

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National History Day: The Next Generation of Scholars

Help welcome National History Day in Rhode Island students to the Organization of American Historians! NHD in Rhode Island is a unique opportunity for students in grades six through twelve to explore the past in a creative, hands-on way.

While producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website, they become experts on topics that they choose. More than 2,000 NHD students in Rhode Island cultivate real-world skills each year by learning how to collaborate with team members, talk to specialists, manage their time, and set and meet goals.
The select group presenting at the meeting is excited by the opportunity to now share their work with you. Visit the National History Day in Rhode Island student showcase during the conference to see Rhode Island's top NHD exhibits and documentaries. You will have the chance to meet some of these innovative students, hear about their experiences, and share your advice about navigating college and a career as they prepare to step into your classrooms, libraries, and cultural sites.



A combination of educational and fun, the tours are a great way to enhance your stay in Providence!

Choose from:

  • Explore Newport Tour
  • Working Rhode Island: Slater Mill Museum and Museum of Work and Culture
  • John Hay Library: LGBTQ Archives
  • Dining with History
  • Behind the Scenes at the Rhode Island Historical Society
  • The American Antiquarian Society
  • Sunrise on the Riverwalk

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Free afternoon pick-me-up

Head down to the Exhibit Hall to browse the exhibits and grab a free cup of coffee to help you through the second half of the conference day!


All attendees can keep up to date with emails, the OAH Meeting App, Twitter, and Facebook with the OAH's complimentary Internet in the Exhibit Hall...dont forget to ask about your free internet in the hotels too!

The Location!

This picturesque port city is conveniently located along the Northeast Corridor, a quick train ride for approximately 40% of OAH Membership!
Learn more about Providence here!