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2013 Annual Meeting

2013 NCPH Annual Meeting Program CoverDelta Ottawa City Centre
Ottawa, Ontario
April 17 – 20, 201

Knowing your Public(s)—The Significance of Audiences in Public History

NCPH is absolutely the best history conference out there! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to feel immediately at home and intellectually challenged. I always go home even more excited about my work after this conference.

–Conference Participant

Annual Meeting Program
A PDF version of the Program is available here

Frequently Asked Questions for Graduate Students


Registration Rates Early Bird
(received by 3/11/13)
(after 3/11/13)
Onsite Only
(after 4/3/13)
NCPH Member $150 $170 $170
NCPH Student Member $85 $95 $95
Nonmember $175 $195 $195
Nonmember Student $95 $105 $105
One Day $90 $100 $100

The 2013 annual meeting will be held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre.  The NCPH room rate is $159 CDN.  To make reservations, please click here.
Please note: the student room block has been filled and after March 12 we cannot guarantee the reduced rate.

Delta Ottawa City Centre
101 Lyon St
Ottawa, ON  K1R 5T9
(613) 237-3600 (ask for the “National Council on Public History” block)

Hotel Update: There are rooms at the Minto Suite Hotel only two blocks away (185 Lyon Street North), at the same discounted price as the Delta, $159/night CDN. Rate will be available until March 22 or the rooms are filled.  To reserve a room call 800-267-3337 and use group reservation #582113 or reference the National Council on Public History meeting April 17-20, 2013

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.  Information about purchasing exhibit space and advertisements in the Program is available by clicking here.  Please consider sponsoring one of the following NCPH events at the annual meeting:

Event Sponsor Co-Sponsor
New Member/First-Time Attendee Breakfast Taken $500 $325
Public History Educators Breakfast Taken $700 $450
Awards Breakfast and Business Meeting Taken $600 $400
Opening Reception  Taken $2,000 $1,300
Consultants Reception $325
Poster Session Reception $450
Coffee Break — just a few left, act now! $700 $450
Endowment Fundraiser $1,500 $975
Printed Conference Program $2,000 $1,300
Printed Award Program $700 $450
Promotional Item- Your logo in one color
(Distributed to all attendees)
$2,500 n/a

Thank You 2013 Annual Meeting Sponsors and Exhibitors!

Event Sponsors:
Canada’s History
Carleton University
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of California Press Journals + Digital Publishing

Event Cosponsors:
Alder, LLC
University of Central Florida
Historical Research Associates
Littlefield Historical Research
Morgan, Angel + Associates, LLC
SHRA Stevens Historical Research Associates
The University of Texas at El Paso
William Willingham, Consulting Historian

Association for Canadian Studies
Canada’s History
Historica-Dominion Institute
Idéeclic, Inc.
McGill-Queens University Press
Ontario Heritage Trust
University of Central Florida
University of Massachusetts Press

The International Federation for Public History gratefully acknowledges the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. La Fédération internationale pour l’Histoire publique reconnaît avec gratitude le soutien des sciences sociales et humaines Conseil de recherches.

The NCPH conference is the best of all national conferences that I attend.  Egos are often checked at the door; everyone is approachable.
–Conference Participant

Call for Dine Around Topics and Facilitators
We’re looking for volunteers to suggest a topic for ‘Dine Arounds’ on Thursday, April 18, 5:45pm.  Volunteer facilitators pick a focus for the dinner conversation, select a nearby restaurant (see the list of recommendations on p. 6 of the Program) and make dinner reservations, and agree to lead their group to dinner.  Participants simply stop by the conference registration desk to sign up on the dine around list of their choice. (Space is limited, but it’s free; participants cover the cost of their own dinner.) Email NCPH at by Friday, March 15 to suggest a topic.

Topics this year will include:
• Interpreting Women’s History at Historic Sites – sponsored by the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites
• Re-Connect Material Culture to the Spiritual Realm
• Spoiling Context and Embracing Folklore: Have cable series like American Digger and America Unearthed complicated or facilitated the role of the Public Historian?
• The Role of Public Historians in the “History Wars”
• A movement to create a national brand for history.

As part of the conference experience, NCPH is dedicated to making everyone in attendance feel as comfortable and connected as possible.  This can be difficult for students and new professionals, who are often trying to find their specific interests and goals, locate the people who can help them along the way, and do so in a way that is respectful and courteous.  Many people in attendance this year are coming to the NCPH conference for the first time, and are unsure of how to approach potential contacts, how to choose the right sessions or workshops to attend, and how to maximize the conference experience.  If this sounds like you, or if you are the kind of person who is interested in leading and shaping the public historians of tomorrow, consider signing up for the Mentor/Mentee program by checking the appropriate box on your conference registration form, or by emailing Noah Goodling, Mentor Coordinator, at (put MENTORING OTTAWA in the subject line).

Mentors are expected to share lessons about their own career path and try to introduce mentees to other public history practitioners.  Mentees are expected to come with questions, to be friendly and open to advice, and to be respectful and polite.  This valuable service has provided excellent results in the past, with many students and professionals claiming that it added a welcome component to the conference.

Remember, we all share the responsibility to help the field of Public History grow and flourish.  Without the guidance, experience, and generosity of seasoned pros, our burgeoning professionals will face far more difficulty than is necessary.  Become part of the solution and sign up for the Mentor/Mentee program today!

Click here for more information about the expectations and guidelines of the Mentor/Mentee program, or feel free to contact the Mentor Coordinator, Noah Goodling, at with any questions or concerns, or to sign up!

“The conference mentor program was fantastic!  As a first-time conference-goer, it was great to be matched up with a young professional a little further along in her career. We had a lot of common interests and enjoyed attending sessions and the Thursday evening reception and plenary address together!”
–Conference Participant

NCPH is now seeking student volunteers to help with the Annual Meeting scheduled for April 17-20, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

We need 22 student volunteers to help with registration, the exhibit hall, and special events. Those who volunteer will receive FREE conference registration ($85 value). The deadline for volunteer registration is February 11th, 2013. Fill out the volunteer application form and fax it to (317)-278-5230 or email it to as soon as possible to receive the time slot that fits best with your schedule.

REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must be members of the NCPH. You are required to work at least one shift to get free registration. Anyone wishing to volunteer should be a current student, and at least 21 years old at the time of the conference.

INTERESTED? CLICK HERE to fill out a volunteer application form! Volunteers must also register for the conference (You will receive the comp code when accepted) and any additional events by filling out the fax form or completing an online registration form.

Thank you for your interest in our Annual Meeting! Please fax or email your completed form to Noah Goodling (, Volunteer Coordinator, with the subject line “2013 OTTAWA VOLUNTEER.”

Conference Flyer
Vittorio Marchis – Public Plenary Flyer

Call for Posters
Submit a poster proposal to participate in the Poster Session at the 2013 annual meeting.  Click here for details. The Call for Posters is now closed. The submission deadline was November 1, 2013 at 11:59 EDT. Proposers will be notified of their acceptance in late November. Please note that all accepted presenters must register for the annual meeting.

Call for Working Group Discussants 
Facilitators for six working groups are each looking for 10-12 discussants.  Click here for details.  The Call for Working Group Discussants is now closed. The submission deadline was October 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm EDT Discussants will be informed of their acceptance status in November. Please note that all accepted discussants must register for the annual meeting.

Call for Proposals
The Call for Proposals is available hereThe Call for Proposals is now closed.  The submission deadline was July 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm EDT.  Proposers were informed of their acceptance status in September.  Please note that all accepted presenters must register for the annual meeting.  (Appel de propositions en français)

It’s always a very graduate student-friendly conference, and provides a wonderful opportunity to meet other professionals and future colleagues.
–Conference Participant


Program Committee
Michelle Hamilton, University of Western Ontario (co-chair)
Jean-Pierre Morin, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (co-chair)
Anna Adamek, Canada Science and Technology Museum
Sharon Babaian, Canada Science and Technology Museum
Rebekah Dobrasko, South Carolina Department of Archives and History
Betty K. Koed, United States Senate
Paul Litt, Carleton University
Denise D. Meringolo, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Jill Paterson, The Historic-Dominion Institute
Joel Ralph, Canada’s History
Steven Schwinghamer, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Meg Stanley, Parks Canada
Sean Stoyles, Cobblestone Heritage Consultants
Mark Tebeau, Cleveland State University

Local Resource Committee
Anna Adamek, Canada Science and Technology Museum (co-chair)
Sharon Babaian, Canada Science and Technology Museum (co-chair)
Lorna Chisolm, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Krista Cooke, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Paul Litt, Carleton University
Jean-Pierre Morin, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
John Willis, Canadian Museum of Civilization

 Recent Testimonials
The interaction between academics and those outside of that profession was really terrific.  I’m excited to apply this experience to my work in the labor movement.

It was one of the best (if not the best) history conferences I’ve ever attended.

There were a lot of opportunities to meet new people, even outside of a formal networking context.  It is invigorating to be surrounded by like-minded professionals and discuss issues and topics with new and different perspectives.

This is my favorite annual conference; the NCPH rocks.