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Breakfasts | 7:00 am-8:00 am
Friday, April 5 Welcome Breakfast for New Members and First-Time Attendees
Saturday, April 6 Community College Historians Breakfast  
Meet & Eat Lunchtime Events | 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Explore Philadelphia’s culture and history through food while connecting with fellow attendees at a Meet & Eat event. We encourage everyone, especially those who may have no lunch plans to sign up for these daily events. Each meal ticket includes a multiple course lunch served with a non-alcoholic beverage. Taxes and gratuity are included. No cancelation refunds can be issued after March 21, 2019.
Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6 City Tavern
Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6 Campo's Philadelphia
Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6 Knock
Friday, April 5 Dim Sum Garden
Luncheons | 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Friday, April 5 OAH Women's Committee Luncheon
Friday, April 5 SHGAPE Luncheon
Saturday, April 6 LAWCHA Luncheon


Welcome Breakfast for New Members and First-Time Attendees

Sponsored by Forrest T. Jones
First-come, first-served

Begin your day with complimentary coffee and a light continental breakfast while networking with OAH staff, leadership, and membership committee. If you missed the “Making the Most of the OAH” session, this is a good opportunity to get any questions about the OAH, conference, or history in general answered!

Membership Committee members in attendance:

  • Michael Green, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Chair
  • Emma Amador, Goucher College
  • Simon Balto, Ball State University
  • DeAnna Beachley, College of Southern Nevada
  • Daniel Bender, University of Toronto, Scarborough
  • Aykut Kilinc, Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Olga Koulisis, University of Connecticut
  • Nathaniel Sheidley, The Bostonian Society
  • Chris Stacey, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Craig Steven Wilder, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Martha S. Jones, Johns Hopkins University, Executive Board Co-Liaison
  • T. J. Stiles, Independent Scholar, Executive Board Co-Liaison
  • Elisabeth Marsh, Organization of American Historians, Director of Membership and Program Development
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Community College Historians Breakfast

Sponsored by the OAH Committee on Community Colleges
First-come, first-served | Limited to 40 people

Join your fellow colleagues at the eleventh annual Community College Historians Breakfast! College historians are invited to gather to network and meet with members of the OAH Committee on Community Colleges to discuss new developments in history departments at America’s community colleges.

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City Tavern

Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6
11:30 am–1:00 pm
Limited to 20 people | $33
(Includes transportation to the restaurant)

The City Tavern brings American culinary heritage to life by cooking the foods the founding fathers ate by using the same ingredients the locals did hundreds of years ago, many times cooking over a hearth fire, a fire pit, or in clay pots.

1975, after painstaking research, the National Park Service rebuilt City Tavern so that you may enjoy a “taste” of the past and share the atmosphere of gentility and food once enjoyed by our nation’s founders. Today, the Tavern appears essentially as it did two hundred years ago, even down to the front awning which shielded the Tavern from the summer sun. Both the National Park Service and Concepts by Staib, Ltd, the Tavern’s operator, have made every effort to faithfully recreate the Tavern as it operated during the American Revolution. It is their hope that, should John Adams return, he would still think of the Tavern as “the most genteel tavern in America.”

Accompany this event with the Founding Fathers Walking Tour, which will end at the City Tavern on Friday, April 5 immediately preceding the Meet & Eat. 

City Tavern Reenactors

Tavern Country Salad with Raspberry Shrub Vinaigrette
Martha Washington’s Turkey Pot Pot Pie*
Pastry Chef’s Selection
*Tofu Linguine Pasta option available on request

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Campo's Philadelphia

Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6
11:30 am–1:00 pm
Limited to 20 people | $26
(Includes transportation to the restaurant)


In 1905 Venerando, Francesco, and Ferdinando Campo immigrated to Philadelphia from Cesaro, a town in the hills of Sicily. Growing up the brothers slaughtered livestock and sold meat from a cart. Upon arriving to America each brother opened their own butcher shop, one of which is still in operation as Campo’s Philadelphia. The brothers’ business model was very simple selling goats, pigs, and chickens to other Italian Immigrants. As Philadelphia’s immigrant population became more Americanized and the city evolved into an increasingly blue-collar town, the needs of the people changed. Workers, dock hands, and construction workers needed quick, easy, and cheap lunches on the go. So in 1978, Campo's transformed into a hoagie shop and deli. In 2001 Campo’s moved from their original store to the Old City. They have gone back to their butcher shop roots dusting off the old meat hooks and non-digital scales and put them back to use. Although Philadelphia continues to evolve we invite you to come to Campo's and find the whole family, doing what they have always have done!

Campo's Butcher Shop ca. 1910

Family style menu includes:

CheeseSteaks (with vegan/veggie options)
Assorted Chicken Sandwiches
Garden Salad
Homemade Mac and Cheese
Tastykake dessert
Non-alcoholic drink

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Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6
11:30 am–1:00 pm
Limited to 20 people | $30

Center City’s gay neighborhood gained its name in 1995 at Outfest, a commemoration of National Coming Out Day, when David Warner playfully paraphrased the Mister Rogers children’s song and declared, “It’s a beautiful day in the Gayborhood!” The name stuck, and what had been a “gay ghetto” gradually became commonly known as the Gayborhood. In 2007, the city of Philadelphia installed thirty-six rainbow street signs in the area bounded by Eleventh and Broad Streets and Pine and Walnut Streets to honor the history and diversity of the area. Knock is owned by brothers Bill and Steve Wood the latter who owned the popular Woody’s bar.

Accompany this event with “From the Ghetto to the Gayborhood” walking tour, which will end at Knock Restaurant on Saturday, April 6 immediately preceding the Meet & Eat. 

Knock Restaurant

Those in attendance will be able to select one from each course.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Choice of:

  • House Salad:Mixed greens, red onions, cucumber slices, grape tomatoes ,champagne dressing.
  • Caesar Salad: Chopped romaine lettuce, caesar dressing, shredded parmesan, crutons, white anchovies.
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Flatbread Margarita: Flatbread with marinara and fresh sliced mozzarella
  • Knock'n Chicken Bites: Hot, mild or BBQ

Choice of:

  • Turkey Club Sandwich: Wheat toast, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, fresh sliced turkey breast
  • Knock Burger: Herb horseradish aoili, brioche bun, lettuce, tomatoe, dill pickle
  • Knock Chicken Salad: Mixed greens, balsamic dressing, feta cheese, toasted almonds, sundries cherries, and grilled chicken

Choice of:

  • Chocolate Torte
  • Cheesecake
  • Carrot Cake
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Dim Sum Garden

Friday, April 5
11:30 am–1:00 pm
Limited to 20 people | $25

Of the eight culinary regions in China, Shanghai Cuisine is one of the most popular. Xiao Long Bao (or soup dumpling) exemplifies Shanghai’s indigenous culinary offerings. The soup dumpling is the most popular style of dim sum in Shanghai and southern China. The original recipe for Xiao Long Bao was passed down through five generations of the Da family to Shizhou Da, founder and Head Chef of Dim Sum Garden. In 2003, Shizhou Da moved to the United States to work as a head Dim Sum chef for several Shanghai-style restaurants in New York and New Jersey. In 2008 with the help of her daughter, Shizhou opened Dim Sum Garden in Philadelphia where they continue to operate today.

Accompany this event with “The Destruction and Preservation of Chinatown” walking tour, which will end at Dim Sum Garden on Friday, April 5 immediately preceding the Meet & Eat. 

Dim Sum Garden


  • Pork soup dumpling
  • Scallion pancake
  • Chicken on a stick
  • Chicken dumpling
  • Pork with sauce
  • Seasonal Vegetable
  • Chicken w. Broccoli
  • House fried rice

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OAH Women's Committee Luncheon: “We are the first. . .to walk this path” Reflections on an Academic Journey

Solicited by the OAH Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession
Limit 100 people | $65

Presenter: Vicki L. Ruiz, University of California, Irvine

This presentation underscores the gift of mentorship from faculty/student relationships, to campus/community partnerships, and to long-term institutional commitments. More than a trip down memory lane, she will forefront the leadership of Latina faculty at UC Irvine in developing initiatives connecting first generation faculty and undergraduates as well as in creating a faculty/department handbook outlining polices and best practices for supporting students facing immigration crises. Leveraging campus resources in the service of access, equity, and inclusion is a shared responsibility as we “re-gift” the mentorship so pivotal to our own academic journeys

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Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Luncheon: Mind the GAPE: Globality and the Rural Midwest

Solicited by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE)
Limit 80 people | $65

Presenter: Kristin Hoganson, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign

Recent tariff increases have drawn attention to the importance of export markets for farmers in flyover country. Surprising though agrarian concern for market access may be to those who associate the Heartland with wall-building impulses, historians have long recognized agriculturalists’ globalist aspirations. Yet the classic text in the field, William Appleman Williams’ The Roots of the Modern American Empire, and later scholarship have told only part of the story. Historians’ focus on exports has hidden the full extent of rural Midwestern globality. By exploring hidden histories of global connections, this talk challenges myths about place that have lasted to our own time. SHGAPE is able to offer a limited number of luncheon tickets to graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis.

SHGAPE is able to offer a limited number of luncheon tickets to graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. After you have registered for the OAH, please alwood@ilstu.edu before March 10 if you would like a ticket to the SHGAPE luncheon.

LAWCHA Luncheon and Annual Meeting: Chinese Diasporic Labor and the Global Politics of Race

Solicited by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA)
Limit 80 people | $65

Presenter: Mai M. Ngai, Columbia University

The gold rushes of the nineteenth century in the US, Australia, and South Africa drew miners, workers, and entrepreneurs from around the world. They were the sites where large numbers of Euro-Americans and Chinese encountered each other for the first time and gave rise to new iterations of racial politics. These politics were in the first instance local, but they also adapted and borrowed from each other, such that by the turn of the twentieth century a common global discourse, “the Chinese question”—that Chinese were a racial threat to white labor and hegemony—emerged.

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