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Call for Proposals: NCPH CampingCon 2024

May 7, 2024

October 10-12, 2024
Mimbres, New Mexico

Public historians are invited to gather in southwestern New Mexico to discuss the concept of “wilderness” and the place of the great outdoors in public history work. The Gila Wilderness, brainchild of Aldo Leopold, celebrates its centennial year in 2024—so plan to participate this October. The conference will be held at the rustic Camp Thunderbird in Mimbres, New Mexico, adjacent to the Gila National Forest.

Featuring a mixture of presentations, site visits, and outdoor excursions, this conference in the woods will examine public outdoor spaces and the development of the “wilderness” idea. Participants are encouraged to engage with issues related to public history—both historic and contemporary—that occur in “outdoor settings” however defined. The event hopes to build on the work of previous CampingCons held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016 and in the San Juan Island National Historical Park in 2019. Registration information opens June 1st.

This NCPH mini-con will examine public outdoor spaces as educational arenas and the evolving concept of wilderness in history and public consciousness. Considering the unique setting and the 100th anniversary of the Gila Wilderness, presentations should be low-tech and make creative use of the location.

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Submit a proposal by sending the following information to [email protected] by 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2024:

  • Presenter name, email, phone, and institutional affiliation (if any)
  • Title of presentation
  • A 200-word description

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