Patrons and Partners
With the Generous Support of

2012 Annual Meeting

Frontiers of Capitalism and Democracy
Joint Meeting with the Organization of American Historians

Frontier Airlines Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Wednesday, April 18 to Sunday, April 22, 2012
(See map.)                                                                                                Conference Blog

Pre-registration closed on April 1, but you may still register onsite, starting 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee.  OAH is overseeing all Annual Meeting registrations.  Visit for more information register.  Some tours, workshops, and meal event tickets will be available for purchase in Milwaukee.

(on or before Apr 1, 2012
(after Apr 1, 2012
NCPH and/or OAH Member $152 $170
NCPH and/or OAH Student Member $85 $100
Nonmember $190 $210
Nonmember Student $105 $120
Guest $80 $95
One Day (available onsite only) n/a $95

Annual Meeting Program
A PDF version of the Program is available here.  Members of NCPH and/or OAH will receive copies in the mail in January.

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Sponsor an Event, Exhibit, or Advertise
NCPH Annual Meeting event sponsorship provides an excellent platform to promote your organization, institution, press, program, or company and demonstrates to conference attendees your commitment to the field of public history.  Please consider sponsoring one of the following NCPH events at the annual meeting:

NCPH Event
Public History Commons
New Member/First-Time Attendee Breakfast
$650 $390
Public History Educators Breakfast PURCHASED – $650 PURCHASED -$390
Public History Reception $250
Awards Breakfast and Presidential Address $1000 $625
Printed Awards Program $500 $300
Consultants Reception $390
Speed Networking $1000 $625

NCPH event sponsors and cosponsors will be recognized in the printed program if the NCPH SPONSOR REGISTRATION FORM is received by November 1, 2011.  Submit by February 15, 2012 to be recognized in the Onsite Guide.  All event sponsors and cosponsors will be recognized with signage at the Annual Meeting.

To exhibit at the Annual Meeting or to sponsor a joint OAH/NCPH event, such as the Opening Reception, or other items such as hotel key cards or tote bag inserts, please see the OAH/NCPH MEDIA GUIDE.

Reserve a Hotel Room
The Frontier Airlines Center is situated between the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.  Both will serve as conference hotels.

Click here for information about reserving a hotel room, parking, and finding a roommate.

Click here for information about how to get to Milwaukee, ground transportation, and weather.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., April 18, Milwaukee Hilton City Center.   Join us for an exciting one-day THATCamp, offered as a workshop during the National Council on Public History/Organization of American Historians 2012 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 $30 and closes on April 1.

To register for both the NCPH/OAH annual meeting and THATCamp NCPH, complete the OAH/NCPH annual meeting registration form.  If you plan to attend only THATCamp, it is not necessary to pay the OAH/NCPH conference registration fee. Those wishing to register for THATCamp only can complete this special version of the registration form.  You may also call (812) 855-7311 and register for THATCamp only over the phone.

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 Milwaukee 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.  More information can be found here.

Interested?  Email with the subject: MENTORING MILWAUKEE by March 15 to receive a short survey regarding your interests. We will inform mentors and mentees of their match by the last week in March.

Click here for FAQ for graduate students.


OAH/NCPH need 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 OAH or 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:  MILWAUKEE VOLUNTEER)  by February 5, 2011.Volunteers must register for the conference and pay for any special events.    If accepted, those already registered will receive a refund after the conference.

Call for Posters
Submit a poster proposal to participate in the Poster Session at the 2012 annual meeting.  Click here for details.  Deadline is November 1The Call for Posters is now closed.

Call for Working Groups
The Call for Working Group Discussants is now open.  Apply to participate in one of eleven groups, covering topics such as historic preservation, public history careers, and creating a New Deal art inventory.  For more information, visit the Working Groups webpageDeadline to apply is October 6. The Call for Working Group Discussants is now closed.

Call for Proposals
NCPH and OAH are now accepting proposals for the 2012 meeting.  Click here for the Call for Proposals.  Deadline February 1, 2011The Call for Proposals is now closed.

2012 Program Committee

Kathleen Franz, American University (NCPH Committee Cochair)
Nancy MacLean, Duke University (OAH Committee Cochair)

From the OAH:
Brian DeLay, University of California, Berkeley
Gary Gerstle, Vanderbilt University
Paul Harvey, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Jennifer L. Morgan,New York University
Samuel K. Roberts, Columbia University
Naoko Shibusawa, Brown University
Zaragosa Vargas, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Shane White, University of Sydney

From the NCPH:
Catherine Gudis, University of California, Riverside
Carlene E. Stephens, National Museum of American History
Marsha Weisiger, New Mexico State University
Emily Weisner Thompson, National Park Service

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, ppmsc 05741.