Piloted in 2014, NCPH Mini-Conferences are designed to help our members maintain the energy, conviviality, and productivity of the annual meeting year-round. We recognize that not everyone can make it to our national annual meeting every year, and mini-cons are an opportunity to strengthen your public history community on a smaller scale. Locally organized by an NCPH member or member institution, with support from the NCPH office, mini-cons (hosting one or attending one!) are a great way to meet fellow public historians in your region and see what the local public history community is up to.

I have an idea for a mini-con. Now what?

Submit your idea at http://ncph.org/mini-con-proposals/. Do you envision a Mini-Con Collaboration or a Mini-Con Partnership? Both are driven by local organizers, but have different expectations and come with different levels of NCPH support.

Mini-Con Collaboration

  • Eligible for up to $200 in seed money
  • NCPH will assist with digital promotion; offer logistical advice; and promote regionally.
  • Mini-Con Collaborators agree to list NCPH as a partner in marketing materials; share products of the mini-con with us and our members; and provide a report for our newsletter.

Mini-Con Partnership

  • Eligible for up to $350 in seed money
  • NCPH will assist with everything at the Collaboration level, plus: design promotional flyers and social media posts; help locate speakers and brainstorm content; and, if needed, manage registrations through our database.
  • Partners agree to meet all expectations of the Collaboration level, plus: write a [email protected] blog post; brand the event “An NCPH Mini-Con;” offer a discounted registration rate to NCPH members (if you use tiered rates); and loop NCPH into all major content decisions.

Learn more about past mini-cons here.

Coming soon: NCPH After Work

If you like the idea of a less formal regional NCPH event, we’ll be rolling out a new social gathering option in the near future. If you’re interested in hosting something like this in your city, email [email protected]


The National Council on Public History expects everyone who participates in NCPH events, conferences, mini-cons, or online programming to adhere to the NCPH Events Code of Conduct.  If you have questions about this code of conduct, please email [email protected].