Just over a month to go before this year’s National Council on Public History conference!  We’ll be meeting March 10-14 in Portland in conjunction with the American Society for Environmental History.  If you’ve never been before, NCPH is a great conference for meeting public historians and learning about amazing projects.  One of the NCPH conference’s greatest strengths is giving us public historians, who are often caught up in the minutiae of our programs, exhibits and other projects, a time to reflect on important theoretical and ethical issues in the profession.

On that note, I’ll be speaking at a panel about the future of public history on Thursday at 1:30:

Panel 3-C: Historians Look to the Future: Embarking on a
New Chapter in NCPH’s History
Cosponsored by the NCPH 30th Anniversary Committee
Chair: Allison Marsh, University of South Carolina
Suzanne Fischer, The Henry Ford Museum
Peter Kraemer, U.S. Department of State

Also on Thursday, Allison Marsh and I are planning to host a dine-around (an informal dinner) to talk about the material culture of technology coordinating group we’re been working on.

Please join us in Portland!

Currents of Change, March 10-14

Hilton Portland Hotel

The conference Program is digital this year, available as a PDF at http://ncph.org/cms/?page_id=117 Printed programs will be available only onsite in Portland.

This is a joint meeting of National Council on Public History and American Society for Environmental History, with 150 sessions and workshops, 15 working groups, 10 fieldtrips, Speed Networking, book exhibits, Consultants Reception, and much more. Come and experience the best in public and environmental history.  (Discounted registration is open to members and non-members before February 12.  Regular pre-registration is open through February 24.  Onsite registration continues at the conference.)

Keynote speaker, Adam Hochschild, is an award winning author and journalist who uses history to reveal the lingering inequities of the past. His most recent book, Bury the Chains, was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award.  His address, “Adventures in Public History,” will be free and open to the public as well as conference registrants.

Make your Hotel Reservation at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower today.  Discounted room rates for the conference may be secured before February 9.  http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/PDXPHHH-NCP-20100307/index.jhtml

Want to see how engaging history, especially environmental history, has become in Portland and its environs? Sign up for the tours. This year there is a floating seminar boat excursion on the Willamette River.  Want specialized professional development? There are top-notch workshops and how-to sessions on digital history.

Tours & Fieldtrips: http://in-lart-web99.indysla.iupui.edu/ncph/cms/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2010-Field-Trips.pdf

Workshops: http://in-lart-web99.indysla.iupui.edu/ncph/cms/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2010-Workshops.pdf

Read more about the conference in the current issue of Public History News at http://ncph.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2009-Dec-Newsletter.pdf