J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Sunday, April 04, 2021

History Camp America 2021 and Other Conferences to Enjoy

I’ve been presenting at and enjoying History Camp Boston since 2014 (as shown here). Last year the pandemic stopped this conference from happening. This year, the prospect of traveling and gathering is still uncertain, though the situation is looking better and better rather than worse and worse.

History Camp is therefore going online live and national on 10 July, with presentations from 8:45 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Eastern time.

The organization has just issued an invitation to people interested in presenting live talks about historical topics to propose sessions. There’s no limitation by theme, geography, period, or methodology. Talks in the past have covered historical people and events, research methods, challenges in managing historic sites, and more.

The organizing schedule is:
  • Presenter applications due by Tuesday, 1 June
  • All presenters informed of status by Thursday, 10 June
  • All presenters must register for the conference by Tuesday, 15 June
  • Speakers supply final titles, descriptions, bios, and headshots by Thursday, 17 June
  • Training and testing of people’s connections and graphics begin Thursday, 1 July
  • History Camp America 2021 on Saturday, 10 July!
As at the Boston and other regional History Camps, anyone with knowledge about a historical topic is welcome to propose a presentation. Because of the limited number of slots, however, I expect the choice of sessions will be strict and narrow. The organization offers detailed guidance about presenting for people not used to the format.

Meanwhile, History Camp is still producing its weekly online discussions with historical authors and experts every Thursday at 8:00 P.M. Eastern. All those videos are available for viewing.

In other news about non-academic history conferences, the Fort Plain Museum has announced new, later dates for two of its events in central New York:
  • Annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference, 6-8 August
  • First Annual Sir William Johnson and the Wars for Empire Conference, 15-17 October
Regrettably but understandably, the American Revolution Conference organized by America’s History, L.L.C., at Colonial Williamsburg in recent years has been cancelled for 2021. All of us who enjoyed that gathering hope to see it return in some way in a healthy new year.

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