Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting @ Lackawanna Historical Society
Oct 12 – Oct 14 all-day

The Lackawanna Historical Society will host the 2017 PHA Annual Meeting from October 12 – 14, 2017. Conference sites will include the Catlin House, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Heritage Room of the University of Scranton Library, and Steamtown National Historic Site. While proposals on all aspects of Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic history are encouraged, the program committee invites submissions on the theme, “Public Histories of the Mid- Atlantic,” which explores the many ways in which the public engages with the past.  Local Arrangements Chair Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus and Program Committee Chair Silad Chamberlin look forward to welcoming you to the conference.


Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Meeting 2017 @ Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Oct 19 – Oct 21 all-day

Focused on the continuing MAAM theme to push the envelope, “Making Museums Matter: From Advocacy to Action” will address the centrality of audience and communities to the success of our institutions during changing times.  Pittsburgh’s renaissance from a rust-belt city to an urban center of thriving ethnic neighborhoods, progressive philanthropy, “good eats,” and great museums and cultural institutions, is the perfect setting to enter into conversation and debate about the challenges and opportunities of the coming months.  Watch the MAAM website early this spring for a call for session proposals for the conference in Pittsburgh.  MAAM turns 70 in Pittsburgh, so there will be plenty to celebrate and reflect upon during this landmark conference. 

The Course of Empires: American-Italian Cultural Relations, 1770–1980 @ Smithsonian American Art Museum
Oct 19 – Oct 20 all-day
Monument, Myth and Meaning @ Foundation Building @Cooper Union
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

In light of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other cities across the nation, a panel discussion on Civil War Monuments has been planned in Cooper Union’s renowned Great Hall, on the subject of their meaning, the complex histories that surround their realization, and the current socio-political conditions that are causing their very existence to be reconsidered. Should these monuments be saved? Should they be torn down? Is it possible—or even appropriate—to make thoughtful, informed interventions into these works of public art that can preserve their history, diffuse the myth and polarization that surround them and serve as teaching moments for future generations? These and other questions will be posed during the program.

City and Capital: Building Washington, DC @ The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning
Oct 28 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The 12th Biennial Symposium organized by the Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians, in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning, explores the relationship between Federal and local interests as they relate to the built environment of greater Washington, DC. 

New Jersey and The Great War Conference @ Rowan University at Burlington County
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day
New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial Conference @ Cultural Education Center
Nov 4 all-day
McNeil Center for Early American Studies New Sweden History Conference @ Lazaretto Ballroom
Nov 4 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

The 2017 theme will explore the migration of Swedish colonists from the original landing point of Wilmington Delaware to the greater Delaware Valley and east coast region. Speakers include Brian Crane, Sean Moir, Laurie Fitzpatrick, Catherine Dann Roeber, and Becky Griswold. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, located at the Lazaretto Ballroom 99 Wanamaker Ave, Essington, PA 19029. $60 per person ($35 for students and teachers). Early bird $50 registration by October 13. Registration deadline is Friday, October 30.

Country House Conference @ Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Nov 4 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

A premiere all day conference event. Explore the rich and diverse history of the country houses of New York. The Country House Conference will take participants on a 300 year journey from the humble origins of colonial farms and manors to the grand estates of turn-of-the century robber barons.

The day includes Four Lectures, Panel Discussion, Exclusive House Tour and Lunch.

Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies Annual Conference @ National Museum of American Jewish History
Nov 5 – Nov 7 all-day