Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where can I find a list of participating OAH Distinguished Lecturers?
A. For a comprehensive listing of participating lecturers, please visit our lecturers page.

Q. I want to host an OAH Distinguished Lecturer. What costs are involved?
A. Lecture hosts are expected to pay a lecture fee to the OAH and to reimburse the speaker directly for transportation, lodging, food, and all other travel expenses. Lecture fees start at $1,000.

Q. When are lecture fee and reimbursement payments due?
A. If not charged directly by the host, travel costs should be reimbursed at the time of the lecture or as quickly as possible thereafter to minimize credit card interest charges for the speaker. Lecture fees are due within 30 days after the lecture.

Q. How are OAH lecture fees used?
A. OAH lecture fees are designated by the speakers entirely as donations to the OAH. Part of the operating budget, they help the OAH fulfill its mission of promoting excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history.

Q. How can I find out the fee for a particular speaker?
A. Contact the lectureship program coordinator.

Q. I have a topic or theme in mind—how do I find someone to speak on it?
A. Contact the lectureship program coordinator for suggestions, or use the subject area and keyword search feature on thewebsite.

Q. How can I identify speakers near me, to minimize travel costs?
A. Use the state search feature on thewebsite.

Q. How far in advance should I request a speaker?
A. It varies from speaker to speaker. Some are able to accept invitations with only a month’s notice, while others need to schedule up to 2 years ahead. For best results, contact the lectureship program coordinator with your invitation between 6 months to one year in advance.

Q. How are OAH Distinguished Lecturers chosen?
A. OAH Distinguished Lecturers are appointed annually by the president-elect, based on recommendations of a subcommittee of the OAH Nominating Board. Volunteers and nominations are welcome and should be sent to the lectureship program coordinator.

Q. What kinds of organizations host OAH Distinguished Lecturers?
A. OAH Distinguished Lecturers often give public lectures at college and universities. But almost half of OAH Distinguished Lectures each year occur in other settings. State and local historical societies, museums, libraries, high schools, workshops, and conferences have all hosted OAH Distinguished Lecturers. Read hosts’ comments here.

Q. When was the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program founded?
A. The lectureship program was founded in 1981 by OAH president, Gerda Lerner.

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