Condition Report: The State of Public History in the South

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette | Lafayette, LA | October 4-5, 2024

Public history practice in the southern United States faces multidirectional threats. Climate change–with attendant warming temperatures, rising waters, and extreme weather events–threatens historic sites, archives, and cultural resources. State laws that attempt to limit historical knowledge may restrict the opportunity to safely and ethically practice history. Local government and public pressure threaten public support for institutions that engage with histories of race, gender, and sexuality. As public historians in the South, our work is as vital and challenging as ever. At this NCPH Mini-Con, we seek new and to continue existing conversations about how to meet and continue our work despite these conditions.

Registration information will be coming soon! Registration includes conference fees, access to the host facilities, and some meals and refreshments. Registration will open in June and remain open through mid-September.

For information about submitting a proposal, check out the Call for Proposals! The deadline to submit a proposal is July 15, 2024.

Coordinated By

Ian Beamish and Liz Skilton, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Julia Brock, The University of Alabama

Contact Us

For general inquiries, further information, or to lend a hand, please contact

Ian Beamish
[email protected]

Rough Schedule

To be updated once proposals are selected

Thursday, October 3

Evening – Optional Mixer

Friday, October 4

Morning Concurrent Sessions
Afternoon Concurrent Working Groups
Plenary – Kathe Hambrick, Executive Director, Amistad Research Center

Saturday, October 5

Morning Concurrent Sessions
Optional Afternoon Tours