There’s still time to register for the annual conference of the California Council for the Promotion of History at the early registration rate. The CCPH conference will take place in Visalia, October 27-29, 2005. Registration forms must be received or postmarked by September 30 to take advantage of the early registration rate, and registering by this date will also help ensure space is still available for our many exciting special activities. However, registrations are welcome any time, even onsite.
Drawing public history professionals, and those interested in California history, from throughout the state, the CCPH conference features a wealth of interesting and informative sessions and special activities. Whether your interests lie in the direction of the literature of the Central Valley or the writing of biography, the banning of Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" at the Kern County Free Library or Hollywood's depiction of the American West, the many speakers, papers and sessions planned for the conference will please the most discerning conference-goer. And whether your feet are itching to head up the Sierra to Kings Canyon National Park or deeper into the great valley to visit Allensworth State Historic Park (replete with ten newly reconstructed buildings), conference activities will surely get you out and about. To open the conference, well known authors Gerald Haslam and Aris Janigian will join UC Merced professor Jan Goggans to discuss the heritage and history of the Central Valley through an exploration of its literature. And CCPH is excited to be sponsoring the screening of the classic 1939 western Stagecoach in Visalia’s restored Fox Theater as a fitting close to the conference.
Thanks to our generous conference sponsors, early registrants will each receive a copy of Wallace W. Elliott’s History of Kern County, with Illustrations . . . first published in 1883 and reprinted in 2003 by Bear State Books. All registrants will also receive California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century a literary anthology that blends the fresh new voices of this state with established California writers (published by Heyday Books in collaboration with the California Council for the Humanities) and Kathleen Edwards Small’s History of Tulare County, California, vol. 1, which was first published in 1926 and reprinted in 2001 by Bear State Books.
To view the registration packet and download a registration form, visit our website at www.csus.edu/org/ccph. Or, to have a hard copy mailed to you, contact us at (916) 278-4296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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