Created in 1981 by OAH president Gerda Lerner, the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program is a speakers bureau dedicated to American history. Its nearly 600 participating historians have made major contributions to this popular field.
OAH Distinguished Lecturers speak around the country every year, not only visiting college campuses and addressing undergraduate and graduate student conferences but also leading teacher seminars and engaging general audiences at public events sponsored by historical societies, museums, libraries, and humanities councils.
OAH Distinguished Lecturers are appointed by the OAH president-elect. Each agrees to present one lecture on behalf of the organization each academic year and to donate his or her lecture fee to the organization.
OAH Distinguished Lecturers Catherine Choy and Albert Camarillo with their audience, AP U.S. history students at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California, in spring 2018. Their talks were hosted by OAH member Bonnie Belshe. Photo courtesy Catherine Choy.