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2011 Annual Meeting

Crossing Borders/Building Communities – Real and Imagined2011 Annual Meeting Program Cover
Historic Pensacola Village and Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel

April 6 – 9, 2011


Watch Tony Horwitz’ plenary presentation online
Part 1 Part 2

Pre-registration is now closed. Please register onsite.


Entire Program:  2011 Program
Program Part 1: Cover image pdf
Program Part 2: Schedule at a glance
Program Part 3: Welcome/hotel, registration info, field trips, special events, workshops & sessions
Program Part 4: Index of Presenters, advertisements.
Program Part 5: Maps

Frequently Asked Questions for Graduate Students

CANCELED:  The “Breaking Down Borders, Building Community in Cultural Heritage Tourism Trails” workshop has been canceled.
CANCELED: The Bienville to Battleships: Mobile Historic Tour field trip has been canceled.
CANCELED: The Black Water and Yellow Pine : Northwest Florida’s Antebellum Industrial Complex field trip has been canceled.
FULL:  The Public History Community Service Project at Historic Fort Pickens is FULL.
FULL:  The Speed Networking Event is full.
Historic Pensacola Waterfront Walking Tour:  Pensacola’s waterfront is one of the most significant areas related to the city’s development. This tour, organized by graduate students from the University of West Florida Public History Program , will explore the changes in Pensacola’s maritime landscape and the people and businesses that aided in the growth of the port and city. During a scenic walk along the bay, participants will learn about the geography and history that has shaped the development of modern Pensacola. Topics will include the physical changes in the maritime landscape, the major industries historically supported by the port, and the unique cosmopolitan culture that grew up among the busy wharves and fish houses. Duration: 2.5 hours. Departs from the Museum of Commerce (Village). (Limit 40 participants.)

Conference Blog
Visit the 2011 conference blog for more information about the conference and Pensacola.  Looking for a roommate for the meeting?  We’ll post your request on the blog.  Just send an email to


Conference Hosts
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Conference Supporters

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Hotel Information

The Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel is the conference hotel.  The NCPH room rate is $125/night.  Click here or call (850) 433-3336 and ask for “Room Reservations” to reserve a room from the “CPH” block.  Reservations must be made by March 4, 2011.  Space is limited, so reserve your room as soon as possible.  For directions, click here.

A block of rooms has been added at the Courtyard Pensacola Downtown.  The room rate is $159/night.  Call (850) 439-3330 to reserve a room.  Tell them you are with NCPH.  Reservations must be made by March 11.

Another block of rooms has been reserved for grad students at the Solé Inn (  The grad student rate is $79/night.  Call (888) 470-9298 for reservations.  Reservations must be made by March 5.

A shuttle will run between the Crowne Plaza Pensacola, the Solé Inn, the Courtyard Pensacola Downtown, and Historic Pensacola Village beginning late in the morning on April 6.  Please see the program for shuttle hours.

As of March 1, the Crowne Plaza only has smoking rooms remaining in the NCPH block and the Solé Inn has no more rooms available.  It is possible that a room may open up at one of these hotels due to a cancellation.  So, if you want to stay at one of these hotels, feel free to call and ask if they have anything available.

Thank you, Exhibitors and Event Sponsors

American Historical Association; Arcadia Publishing; Arizona State University; Florida African-American Heritage Preservation Network; Middle Tennessee State University; Oxford University Press; University of Central Florida; University of West Florida/West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc.; West Virginia University/NPS Civil War 150th Anniversary Website

Event Sponsors
Civil War Plenary Panel – Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area (Sponsor) and the Florida Humanities Council (Sponsor)

Consultants Reception – Gray & Pape, Inc. (Cosponsor); Historical Research Associates, Inc. (Cosponsor); Littlefield Historical Research (Copsonsor); Maricopa County (AZ) Public Works (Cosponsor); William Willingham (Cosponsor)

Opening Reception – History™ (Sponsor)

Public History Educators Breakfast – John Nicholas Brown Center, Brown University (Sponsor)

Shrimp Boil Fundraiser – Dr. Breeze (Sponsor); Pensacola Bay Brewery (Sponsor)

Tony Horwitz Plenary Panel – Florida Humanities Council (Sponsor) and Pensacola Little Theatre (Sponsor)

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., April 6, Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel in Pensacola, Florida.   Join us for an exciting one-day THATCamp, offered as a workshop during the National Council on Public History 2011 Annual Meeting, and explore 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     Registration is $21 and closes on March 15. 

Are you new to NCPH or attending the NCPH annual meeting for the first time?  Or are you a veteran of NCPH or annual meetings who is willing to assist a new attendee?  For the Pensacola annual meeting, NCPH will match students and new professionals with experienced public historians.  We are seeking both mentors and mentees.

Expectations: During the conference, mentors will share lessons about their own career path and try to introduce their mentee to other public history practitioners.  The purpose is to build networks and share information to maximize the conference experience.  Mentors also can give advice about selecting sessions and tours to attend and making the rounds in a reception, the exhibit hall, or the Poster Session.  For more information, please click here.

Interested? Check the appropriate box under Conference Mentor Network on the registration form or email with the subject: MENTORING PENSACOLA by March 7 to receive a short survey regarding your interests.  We will inform mentors and mentees of their match in mid-March.

NCPH needs student volunteers to help with registration, the  exhibit hall, and special events.  Students who volunteer will receive a complimentary conference registration.  Time slots are assigned in the order applications are received on a first-come, first-served basis.

REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must be a member of the NCPH, an undergraduate or graduate student, and at least 21 years old.  They also need to work at least one shift in order to receive free registration.

INTERESTED? Complete the Volunteer Application Form and fax it to the  NCPH office (317-278-5230) or email it to (subject:  PENSACOLA VOLUNTEER)  by February 15, 2011.Volunteers must register for the conference and pay for any special events.    If accepted, those already registered will receive a refund and those not yet registered will receive a code for complimentary registration.


Working Groups
NCPH working groups are seminar-like conversations of 10-15 people during the annual conference that explore, in-depth, a subject of shared concern.  The three 2011 working groups are The Choices We Make: Public Historians’ Role in the Commemorations of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, Public History and Gentrification: A Contentious Relationship, and Using “Centers” to Teach Public History and Engage Community Partners.  For more information and to read participants’ case statements, visit

Exhibiting, Advertising, and Sponsoring Opportunities
Join the growing list of Annual Meeting partners and advertise, exhibit, or sponsor an event at the 2011 conference.  Your audience will include six hundred public history practitioners from across the United State and other countries, as well as thousands of other history professionals, educators, and students who visit the NCPH website or who receive links to view the Program.  For more information, see the 2011 Advertising, Exhibiting, and Sponsorship Opportunities Guide. Update:  Despite the deadlines listed in the Guide, it is not too late to exhibit, advertise, or sponsor an event at the annual meeting.  If you are interested in one of these opportunities, contact Carrie Dowdy at or at (317) 274-2716.

Call for Proposals
The deadline has passed for the Call for Proposals.  Those who submitted proposal were notified of the Program Committee’s decision in September.

Call for Posters
The call for posters closed on December 1.   Click here to see the poster guidelines.