Receptions

Meal Functions

Thursday, April 4
6:00 pm-7:30 pm OAH Opening Night Reception
Dessert before Dinner
Friday, April 5
6:00 pm-7:30 pm Distinguished Members, Donors, and Award Winners Reception
By invitation only
NEW: OAH Committees' Reception
LGBTQ Committee Reception
SHGAPE Reception
College Board Reception for Graduate Students
Saturday, April 6
6:45 pm-8:00 pm President's Closing Reception
8:00 pm-10:00 pm Work of Freedom Soul Jam Afterparty at the African American Museum

Descriptions

OAH Opening Reception

Join your colleagues for the Opening Night Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Celebrate the first day of the conference and reconnect with friends and colleagues. Make new acquaintances, browse the exhibits and museum displays, and plan your book buying strategy.

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Dessert before Dinner

Sponsored by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS)

The Immigration and Ethnic History Society invites attendees to the annual reception for graduate students and early career scholars. The IEHS promotes the study of the history of immigration and the study of ethnic groups in the United States, including regional groups, Native Americans, and forced immigrants.

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Distinguished Members, Donors, and Award Winners Reception

Sponsored by the Organization of American Historians
By invitation only

The OAH is pleased to host an invitation-only reception for our longtime members, major donors, and award winners.

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NEW | OAH Committees' Reception

 

Have you ever planned your reception crawl only to find that you missed half of them? The new OAH Committees' Reception allows you to do your committee reception hopping all within the same room. Meander through the various committee lounges and connect with those of like interest. See a friend across the room? Join them!

Through volunteers, the OAH Committee’s provide quality services, programs, awards, and publications to members and the profession. The new OAH Committee Reception brings many OAH Committees together in one room. Attendees are invited to meander through the various committee lounges to learn about the committees or simply to network with others of like interest.

Includes:

  • Committee on Academic Freedom
    Everyone is invited to meet and chat with members of the OAH Committee on Academic Freedom. Learn about the OAH’s new Guidelines and Best Practices for Academic Freedom; share experiences and concerns; discuss ideas for supporting academic freedom.
  • Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories
    Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories
    We invite all scholars committed to advancing the histories of people of color in the United States to join us for a reception at the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting. Come socialize and learn more about the OAH ALANA Committee and the Huggins-Quarles Dissertation Award. Graduate students and junior faculty are especially encouraged to attend.
  • Committee on Disability and Disability History
    We invite all conference attendees interested in Disability history, in learning about disability as a critical category of historical analysis, or in discussing the particular ways that issues of disability intersect with historians’ professional endeavors to come to the reception and connect with members of the Committee on Disability and Disability History.
  • Graduate Students
    Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
    The OAH invites graduate students to the reception. Connect with friends and make new ones while enjoying a drink and a bite.
  • Independent Scholars
    Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
    The OAH invites independent scholars to the reception to network with other independent scholars.
  • International Committee
    Sponsored by the OAH International Committee
    The OAH International Committee welcomes all conference attendees interested in faculty and student exchanges and other efforts to promote global ties among historians of the United States. Conference attendees from countries other than the United States are especially encouraged to attend.
  • Membership Committee
    Sponsored by the OAH Membership Committee
    Why Are You Here? Because you're a member! Find out more about being an OAH member, and enjoy food, drink, and company, with the OAH Membership Committee!
  • A photo of OAH staff member Aidan Smith
    Aidan J. Smith,
    Public History Manager, OAH
    OAH Committee on National Park Service Collaboration and the Committee on Public History
    The Committee on National Park Service Collaboration and the Committee on Public History invites all conference attendees to attend the Committee Reception and to honor the memory of Aidan J. Smith. Aidan served as the OAH's Public History Manager from 2011 until his untimely death in April 2018. His colleagues request all to join in commemorating Aidan's life and career, recognizing his contributions to the 25-year OAH-NPS collaboration, and committing to the ideals of public engagement through our national parks as a legacy of his enduring passion and dedication.
  • Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Employment
    Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
    The Committee on Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Employment (CPACE) invites you to meet committee members and to chat about issues related to non-tenure track members of the history profession. Join us to talk about a possible caucus on non-tenure track faculty issues.
  • Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession
    Sponsored by the OAH Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession
    This is Bernadette Pruitt, chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession. On behalf of our group, let me welcome you to the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting and this joint reception. Our committee remains committed to the cause of equity, social justice, and inclusion within the academy and society. Regardless of our differences and beliefs, we as a community of academics celebrate women and humanity.
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LGBTQ Committee Reception

Sponsored by the OAH Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Historians and Histories

Please join the Committee of LGBTQ Historians and Histories for a reception at Globar (Corner of 13th and Walnut Street, part of Woody's) from 6-8 pm. The winner of the John D'Emilio Dissertation Prize will be celebrated at the reception.

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SHGAPE Reception

Sponsored by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE)

SHGAPE will host a reception for all SHGAPE members and meeting attendees interested in the study of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. SHGAPE was formed in 1989 to encourage innovative and wide-ranging research and teaching on this critical period of historical transformation. SHGAPE publishes the quarterly Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and awards book and article prizes for distinguished scholarship.

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College Board Reception for Graduate Students

Sponsored by the College Board

The College Board invites all graduate students to a reception with information about the Advanced Placement Program in U.S. History. Learn about our innovative history curriculum, summer employment and networking opportunities at our annual AP Reading, and more!


President's Closing Reception

A photo of OAH President Earl Lewis
OAH President Earl Lewis

Sponsored by University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; University of Michigan, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS); University of Michigan, History Department; University of Michigan, Office of the Provost; University of Michigan, Office of Research

You are cordially invited to the OAH President’s Closing Reception in honor of OAH President Earl Lewis. Please join us in thanking him for his service to the organization and the history profession following the OAH Presidential Address.

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Work of Freedom Soul Jam at the African American Museum in Philadelphia
Saturday, April 6
8:00 pm-10:00 pm

You are cordially invited to the OAH President's Reception afterparty at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. With a special performance at 8:30 pm by spoken word artist Trapeta B. Mayson, who sheds light on and honors the immigrant experience as well as amplifies the stories of everyday people; and musical guest the Alfie Pollit All-Star Trio.

Trapeta B. Mayson

A photo of Trapeta Mayson

Trapeta reads her poetry widely and works extensively facilitating poetry and creative writing workshops. Her work sheds light on and honors the immigrant experience as well as amplifies the stories of everyday people. She is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in Literature, Leeway Transformation Award, Leeway Art and Change Grant and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants. Her work was also nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. She is the author of She Was Once Herself and Mocha Melodies. Her other publications include submissions in The American Poetry Review, Epiphany Literary Journal, Aesthetica Magazine, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry among others. Trapeta is a native of Liberia. Currently residing in Philadelphia, she is a graduate of Temple University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Villanova University School of Business. Trapeta is a member of several local organizations where she uses the arts to mobilize, build community and create change.

Alfie Pollit All-Star TrioA photo of the Alfie Pollit All-Star Trio

This is a dynamic mini-orchestra, which is disguised as a three piece unit. Each member of this musical ensemble is a virtuoso in his own right, similar to the tradition that produced the great jazz trios of the past. Mr. Pollitt’s trio has performed primarily in concert during various culturally related events throughout the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware Tri-state area.

Alfred "Alfie" Pollit

Alfred (Alfie) Pollitt, composer, producer and songwriter, has been studying and playing music since receiving his first formal piano lessons at the tender age of three. A native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Alfie was surrounded and inspired by all types of music by his parents, both respected and influential members of the Philadelphia music communities. Since his first musical composition in 1958 entitled “15th Street”, Alfie has written well over one hundred songs and continues to do so.

A black-and-white photo of Alfie Pollit

Alfie’s major jazz influences include John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, and Jimmy Smith. These and other musical greats helped to shape and formulate Alfie’s diverse playing style. Throughout Alfie’s aspiring musical career, he has had the fortunate opportunity to perform with a broad spectrum of prominent jazz and R&B artists. Such artists include Barbara Mason, Donald Byrd, Archie Shepp, Art Blakey, Norman Connors, Sister Sledge, Billy Paul, Stephanie Mills, George Howard, and the Four Tops. Alfie has also led his own bands and ensembles.

Alfie toured extensively with the late legendary super star Teddy Pendergrass, which earned Alfie two platinum recording credits to his impressive list of achievements. Mr. Pollitt also represented Philadelphia at the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival in Jamaica (1995), and at the Fesgine Third International World Music Festival in Salvador Bahia, Brazil (1993). Additionally, Alfie has extensive experience of having composed and co-written musical works, including theme songs and jingles for events and organizations. A few examples of these are: Theme/jingles for the Matah Network, The Black Music Association, and the Africamericus Festival.

He has also collaborated as writer of “Our Family Reunion” (A piece that promotes family reunions) and “Malcolm X” (an epic work which depicts events in Malcolm’s life in song). Alfie is also one of the Camden, New Jersey based Unity Community Center’s music teachers and is considered a legendary music historian and scholar.

Alan Nelson

Saxophonists, trumpet players, pianists, and bass players have enthusiastically sought out Master Drummer, Alan Nelson, for the musical magic he provides on the bandstand. Alan's musical career spans well over five decades. He's been influenced by drumming greats such as Art Blakely, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, and Max Roach. His extensive career also includes touring for seventeen years with trumpeter and composer, Hannibal Marvin Peterson.

Alan's touring performance work also includes international travel across the globe to places such as Europe, Central America, and Southeast Asia. The demand for his services has brought this about. Mr. Nelson, a Philadelphia, PA and South Jersey native, has performed in many clubs and concert venues in New York City N.Y., such as Birdland, Boomer's, Tin Palace, Small's, The Village Vanguard, Sweet Basil, and The Shomberg Museum. Nelson has worked in Philadelphia, PA in night clubs, Pep's Musical Bar, The Sahara Supper Club, The Postal Card, and The Bijou Cafe.

Alan has also played with jazz greats James Moody, Sonny Stitt, Jymie Merritt, The Forerunners, and bassist, Cecil McBee.

Drummer Alan Nelson, with his skill set and mastery of poly and cross rhythms, in addition to his years of top quality musical playing experience, provides the Alfie Pollitt All-Star Trio with the glue that locks this unit together rhythmically, like a well-oiled musical machine, and takes the listener on a wonderful soul filled musical journey.

Richard Hill

Richard Hill, Philadelphia native, Composer, Double and Electric Bassist, has been actively involved in the Philadelphia music scene since high school. Winner of the 2014 Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Award for bass, Richard has performed and toured with Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Frank Foster, Jackie McClean, Robert Glasper, and the United States Army Band.

Richard has recorded with Javon Jackson, Jill Scott, and DJ Jazzy Jeff in Jeff’s Touch of Jazz Studios. Mr. Hill has also recorded in Korea for the Korean Broadcasting Network System. Richard Hill does a masterful job, holding down the bass position as an integral part of the Alfie Pollitt All-Star Trio.

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