National Council on Public History Annual Meeting



Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 8:00 to Saturday, March 21, 2020, 18:00


Atlanta, Georgia

National Council on Public History 2020 Annual Meeting

2020 Theme: “Threads of Change”

The National Council on Public History is in the midst of celebrating its 40th anniversary, and we are planning on capping the party off with our 2020 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia! Interested in joining in on the fun? Consider submitting a proposal for the conference which will run from March 18-21, 2020. 

The raw materials of public history rest in communities, among people and their stories. Public historians encourage people to remember aloud, giving presence to intangibles of cultural memory not always captured or contextualized in formal spaces. From threads, fragments, and disparate materials, public historians create multi-layered quilts of historical meaning that reflect, frame, deconstruct, reassemble, and repurpose narratives. No matter the participants or where they learn their craft, the constant in this work is change.
The celebration of NCPH’s 40th year in 2020 offers an ideal moment to recognize the totality of practitioners across the field. Public history work lives in museums, archives, publications, and historic places—but it’s also history as activism, history as storytelling, and history as healing. Our challenge is to reconnect to our local, activist roots, to forge new and stronger partnerships, and to incorporate new fabric into our collective endeavor, one thread at a time.

Call for proposals closes July 15, 2019 

See for details on submitting proposals.
Gather suggestions on a topic and look for collaborators/co-panelists by filling out a “topic-only” form online by June 1, 2019. Topics will be distributed to NCPH members via email and posted to Respondents will contact the original submitter directly, helping to complete a proposal for the July deadline.
Submit your fully formed session, working group, individual paper, or workshop proposal online by July 15, 2019. The Call for Posters and Call for Working Group Discussants will be forthcoming in the summer of 2019.