Oral History Association Annual Meeting
Oct 19 – Oct 24 all-day

Make plans to digitally attend the 2020 OHA Annual Meeting. The annual meeting attracts a broad range of people and features the best work in the field. The meeting enables students and both emerging and established scholars to network and learn valuable skills. The theme for 2020 is The Quest for Democracy: One Hundred Years of Struggle.

Registration information is available here: https://www.oralhistory.org/annual-meeting-registration/

For the safety and well-being of presenters and attendees, we’ve decided to forego our traditional in-person conference this fall and are shifting to a virtual format. Registration will be delayed a bit, but please know we’re working diligently to open it. Sessions will be held primarily on Zoom; the program schedule is still being developed, and the Program Committee will provide presenters and attendees information and instructions on how to participate in virtual sessions. We still plan to hold our Keynote Address, plenaries, pre-conference workshops, Business Meeting, and networking events, as well as provide access to virtual tours. As information on these events and how to participate virtually becomes available, we will let the membership know. Finally, in accordance with Maryland social-distancing orders, we also plan to offer regionally-oriented in-person programming in Baltimore in October. Expect more information on these events soon.

Blocking the Vote: Voter Suppression, Then and Now @ Maryland Center for History and Culture
Oct 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In the year 2020, 55 years after the Voting Rights Act, voter suppression efforts range from the seemingly unobstructive, like voter ID laws and cuts to early voting, to mass purges of voter rolls and systemic disenfranchisement. But how did we get here? This virtual program will explore the enduring barriers to voting in America, from the 15th and 19th Amendments to today.

Panelists include Elaine Weiss, award-winning journalist and writer, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, Dennis Patrick Halpin, PhD, professor of history at Virginia Tech, author of A Brotherhood of Liberty: Black Reconstruction and Its Legacies in Baltimore, 18651920, and Nicole Hanson-Mundell, Executive Director of Out for Justice, Inc. Moderated by Allison Tolman, MCHC’s Vice President of Collections & Interpretation.

Presented as part of Doors Open Baltimore 2020 in collaboration with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation.

Commemorating 156 Years of Emancipation in Maryland @ Monocacy National Battlefield
Nov 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the National Park Service and community partners in reading the names of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the six historic properties of Monocacy National Battlefield, as well as the U.S. Colored Troops who enlisted at Monocacy Junction.

Slavery was legal in Maryland until November 1864, when voters passed a new Maryland Constitution. During the Battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864, both the Thomas and the Worthington families took refuge in their cellars with some of their enslaved workforce. Researchers have documented the presence of enslaved laborers at all five of the historic farms of the battlefield. The average slaveowner in Frederick held 5-7 people. In 1863 a U.S. Colored Troops recruiting station was opened at Monocacy Junction.

Author Talk Series: You Can’t Stop the Revolution: Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America with Andrea S. Boyles @ Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum
Nov 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for a discussion with Andrea S. Boyles, sociologist and author of “You Can’t Stop the Revolution: Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America.” In conversation with Derek Hyra, associate professor and Founding Director of the Metropolitan Policy Center at American University.  Boyles will discuss her book which offers a view from inside the Ferguson protests as the Black Lives Matter movement catapulted onto the global stage and serves as a reminder that community empowerment is still possible in neighborhoods experiencing police brutality and interpersonal violence

This event is part of an ongoing “A Right to the City” Author Talk series with American University’s Metropolitan Policy Center and the DC Public Library. The event will stream live on Facebook (via DCPL page).

Nov 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This terrific film is about a secret written language, Nu Shu, developed by women over many centuries in South China. Though as a rule and by custom women were unable to become officially educated, in one region they developed a written language which was passed down from mother to daughter, for female-centric communication.

Speakers: Filmmaker Jing Liu will be joining from China

Sponsors: Alice Paul Center, Penn East Asian Studies, Phila Asian American Film and Filmmakers, Penn Cinema Studies, The Wolf Humanities Center

Deciphering the Past: Transcription Hour @ Science History Institute
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the American Philosophical Society (APS) and the Science History Institute for this three-part series on deciphering historical documents throughout time. Puzzle through mysterious writing and try your hand at decrypting colloquialisms and unfamiliar spellings with APS fellow Julie Fisher. In each session we’ll be working with a specially selected manuscript straight from our vaults. Learn tips you can use when transcribing historical documents, practice new skills, and discover your inner detective.

Please check back to see which manuscript we will transcribe during our November session!

About the Speaker

Julie Fisher holds a PhD in history from the University of Delaware, with a focus on early American and Native American history. She is currently at the American Philosophical Society as the Members Bibliography and Biography Postdoctoral Fellow. Before coming to the APS she was a consulting editor with the Native Northeast Portal, a digital humanities project based at Yale University from 2017 to 2019, and the primary investigator for a National Park Service grant at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island, from 2016 to 2018. She began transcribing and learning paleography skills for her first book, Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country. She has been transcribing ever since.

Preserving Philadelphia Fall Speaker Series: Pride, Prejudice, and Precast
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Presented by Theodore Prudon, FAIA President of Docomomo US and a board member of Docomomo International, adjunct professor at Columbia University GSAPP and a partner of Prudon & Partners based in New York City. Prudon was born in The Netherlands, is a practicing architect in New York City. He is licensed to practice in several states and holds an NCARB certificate. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and the Association for Preservation Technology (FAPT).

Prudon recieved a M. Sc. Arch from the Technical University in Delft, a M. Sc. Arch and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. His award-winning book Preservation of Modern Architecture (2008) was also translated and published in Japanese and Chinese editions.

Preservation is an ever-evolving discipline and sees a constant re-evaluation of the past. It repeats itself from generation to generation, from style to style, from place to place and now also from material to material. A building prided in one generation is often scorned the next and maybe cherished in the phase thereafter. What does this mean for our generation and modern architecture – both today and into tomorrow?

If you have been affected by the pandemic and would like to attend this virtual lecture but cannot afford to do so, please email Jennifer Robinson jennifer@preservationalliance.com for complimentary access.

Virtual Archives Tour @ Poster House
Nov 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Poster House’s Collections Manager, Melissa Walker, for a look behind the scenes at the museum’s archives!

This freewheeling glimpse into the museum’s permanent collection will cover everything from our Living Archive project to vintage posters; contemporary advertising campaigns to recent acquisitions. Come learn about the museum’s collecting mission and ask Melissa about all things collections-related!

Every Archives Tour will be different, focusing on new or unexplored parts of our permanent collection.

This event is free to Members and $3 for the general public.

“For the People’s Health”: Advocating for Accessible Healthcare in NYC @ Museum of the City of New York
Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Learn how Puerto Rican activists mobilized for free, accessible healthcare for communities of color in East Harlem and the South Bronx in the 1970s and explore the impact of their work on today’s movements for equitable healthcare.

Analyze sources from the online exhibition Activist New York; learn how students, teachers, and parents mobilized for change; and leave with stories, resources, and ideas for your digital classroom.

This workshop is geared towards educators but is open to all with interest in the topic.

This is the third and final event in our three-part fall workshop series Examining Equity in NYC. Click here to see the full series.

Eligible participants will receive a CTLE certificate for 1.5 hours of professional development after completion of the workshop.

This lecture will be broadcast via Zoom; participants will need an internet-accessible device with audio capability to attend. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.

2020 New Jersey History Conference Battles for the Ballot: New Jersey Voting Rights, Then and Now @ New Jersey Historical Commission
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) will host the 2020 New Jersey History Conference, Battles for the Ballot, virtually on Friday, November 13, 2020. The history of voting rights and suffrage in New Jersey is one of competing visions of who deserves a voice in American society. For centuries, activists, policymakers, and everyday people have fought to define that vision, especially on the basis of race and gender. As New Jersey marks the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment—against the backdrop of a presidential election year and a global pandemic—Battles for the Ballot will explore how the right to vote has changed over time and the meaning of participation and representation in a democracy.

Click here to view this year’s program. The 2020 keynote speakers are:

  • Ari Berman is a Senior Reporter for Mother Jones, Reporting Fellow at Type Media Center, winner of an Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media, and author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in AmericaHerding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, and the forthcoming Minority Rule.
  • Ryan P. Haygood is the President & CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. A nationally respected civil rights lawyer who has litigated some of the most important civil and voting rights cases of our time, Mr. Haygood leverages his expertise to advance the Institute’s work to empower New Jersey’s communities of color through criminal justice reform and expanding democracy and economic justice in the Garden State.
  • Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how Black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy. Professor Jones is the author of Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America and Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Fought for Rights for All.

A virtual book signing will follow the keynote panel. To preorder signed books, click here. In some cases, customers will receive signed bookplates separately, to be inserted into the books.

For more information and updates, please visit history.nj.gov and follow the NJHC on Twitter @OfficialNJHC and Facebook @NewJerseyHistoricalCommission.

The 2020 event is co-sponsored by the Alice Paul InstituteNJ Women Vote: The 19th Amendment at 100, the New Jersey State Archives, and New Jersey Digital Highway.