About the Conference

41st Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies
Washington, D.C., November 20-23, 2014

Making New Washingtons: Historical Consciousness in a Transforming City
Hosted by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.,
Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square
Submission Deadline: May 18, 2014

Click here for:Call for Papers/Submissions

Submit online: https://cdchs.submittable.com/submit

Proposals are now being reviewed for individual papers, organized panels, new films, walking tours, author talks on new books, and practical workshops on research or material preservation. All topics related to the history of metropolitan Washington, D.C., including nearby Maryland and Virginia, as well as the federal government, are welcome.

The theme for the 41st Annual Conference is “Making New Washingtons: Historical Consciousness in a Transforming City.” At this time of great change and new development, historians are invited to consider the present in the context of earlier periods of ferment and dramatic change, including, but not limited to, regrouping after the burning of Washington 200 years ago, the “New Washington” era of Reconstruction following the Civil War, the Great Migration following World War I, and the waves of immigration in the second half of the 20th century. Presentations that compare D.C. to other urban centers are especially relevant and encouraged.

The conference theme is not meant to be exclusive. Submissions based on all new research on D.C. history topics are welcome. Read more in the call for participation.

The 41st Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies is co-sponsored by the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of D.C., the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Friends of Washingtoniana Division, George Washington University, H-DC http://www.h-net.org/~dclist/, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the Washingtoniana Division of the D.C. Public Library.

The mission of the Annual Conference on Washington D.C. Historical Studies is to bring together the community interested and engaged in documenting the many varied aspects of the history of the Washington D.C. area and its inhabitants – as a local hometown and as the nation’s capital — to share and to encourage further scholarship. All aspects of historical study are welcome—social, ethnographic, political, the arts and literature, science, and architecture.

The Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies began in 1974, sponsored by George Washington University and the Columbia Historical Society (now the Historical Society of Washington DC).


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