Crossing Borders/Building Communities is a conference that will bring together hundreds of historians, preservationists, students, consultants, and anyone else interested in public history. It is the 2011 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History, a membership association dedicated to making the past useful in the present and to encouraging collaboration between historians and their publics. The meeting takes place at Historic Pensacola Village and the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel.
More than 60 sessions and 20 tours, workshops, and special events, are scheduled, including…
On Saturday, April 9th, at 11:00 a.m., Pulitzer-prize winning writer Tony Horwitz is speaking at Pensacola Little Theatre. He is the author of several bestselling books including Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (1998) and A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America (2008). Mr. Horwitz’s current book project, on John Brown and his 1859 raid, falls at the intersection of efforts to mark the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The event is FREE and open to the public.
“The Role of Interpretation in Institutional Sustainability,” a special workshop of particular regional interest. This workshop will provide strategies for museums, historical societies, and other entities to balance interpretation and accessibility in today's complex cultural and economic markets. Tickets to this half-day event on Wednesday, April 6th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., are $10, and participants are not required to register for the conference.
Thursday, April 7th, at 6:00 p.m., the NCPH opening Public Plenary is “The Coming of the Civil War Sesquicentennial and Public History.” Moderated by Carroll Van West of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, roundtable panelists include Connie Lester, editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly, Dwight Pitcaithley, retired chief historian for the National Park Service and, veteran NPS ranger and Civil War scholar Timothy Smith. Held at the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel Ballroom, the event is FREE and open to the public.
Public History THATCamp, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., April 6, is an exciting one-day exploration of the intersection of digital technology and public humanities. THATCamps (The Technology and Humanities Camp) are participatory events where people learn from each other and work on actual projects directly applicable in their own institutions, companies, and programs. With a program that will emerge directly from the interests and skills of participants, the event reflects the kind of collegial spirit that public historians bring to their own work. More details about the event can be found online at http://ncph2011.thatcamp.org Registration is $21 and closes on March 15; to register for THATCamp and/or the full conference, visit the NCPH conference registration page at http://ncph.org/cms/conferences/2011-annual-meeting/
Inaugural Meeting of the International Federation for Public History
On behalf of the interim steering committee of the new International Federation for Public History, we write to invite you to an inaugural meeting of the group to be held in Pensacola, Florida, 8:30-10:00 a.m., April 8, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Federation was established August 26, 2010, as an Internal Commission by the General Assembly of the International Committee of Historical Sciences/ Comite International des Sciences Historiques (ICHS/CISH). Whether you are able to attend the Pensacola meeting in person or not, we are particularly interested in your nominations for steering committee or program committee members and/or your own interest in volunteering for a leadership position in the new Federation. We look forward to hearing from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other highlights of the Pensacola conference include…
- workshops on entrepreneurship, artifacts, and museum interpretation
- tours on colonial archaeology, slavery and civil rights, antebellum industrialism, and Pensacola's waterfront and naval yard
- Speed Networking to build your career
- Consultants Reception, poster presentations, a shrimp boil, and many other opportunities to exchange ideas and make professional contacts.
The Program and registration information for this year’s meeting in Pensacola, FL, are available http://ncph.org/cms/conferences/2011-annual-meeting/
Early Registration ends Monday, February 28. Regular registration continues until March 23. Onsite registration continues at the conference. Details at http://ncph.org/cms/conferences/2011-annual-meeting/
Make your Hotel Reservation at the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel today. Discounted room rates for the conference may be secured before March 4. http://ncph.org/cms/conferences/2011-annual-meeting/
Join us for four days of the best in public history, a field which is open, interdisciplinary, and endlessly engaging!
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