2018 Annual Meeting

Voting Now Open for 2018 Name that Cocktail!

Thanks to everyone who contributed a suggestion to the 2018 Name that Cocktail! contest. We’ve aggregated our favorites and composed a Google Form to help facilitate voting. Vote for your three favorites. The top three will be available to order and enjoy at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham Hotel, and the Washington Hilton. 

December 15, 2017

Historians Tackle the Present in Six Late-Breaking Sessions at AHA18

In the past year, historians have frequently been called upon to make meaning of news. From Confederate monuments and statues around the country to President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive orders, historians have answered the call to provide historical perspective and analysis. As AHA executive director Jim Grossman wrote recently in Perspectives, the assumption that “historians should have a voice in public culture and in public policy” is a guiding principle for the AHA’s agenda. 

Name that Cocktail 2018!

For the sixth year in a row, AHA annual meeting hotels will be offering signature cocktails at their bars. The libations will be available during AHA18 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham Hotel, and the Washington Hilton. Now it’s up to you to help us give these cocktails historically relevant names!

December 8, 2017

Teaching Effective Engagement: Some Strategies and Techniques

By Alexandria Ruble, Scott Harrison, Jane Freeland, Adam Blackler, and Julie Ault

“Here’s a scenario,” I said to students in my course on the Holocaust. “Imagine that right now, the North Carolina state government issues an order that you must leave the state if you or your parents are not from here. How many of you are from North Carolina?” Most students in the class raised their hands. Then, I asked, “How many of you have parents from North Carolina?” Fewer students raised their hands.

November 20, 2017

Professional Pathways: What’s New at AHA18

Through its work, the AHA has learned that popular wisdom severely underestimates the value and versatility of a history degree. As the seat of the federal government, home to a battery of museums and archives, nonprofits, colleges and universities, and K–12 schools, the District of Columbia showcases many of the career paths open to historians. At the 2018 AHA annual meeting, we are taking full advantage of the diverse local community of historians to offer a slate of professional development activities that is bigger and more varied than ever.

America’s Front Yard: The National Mall through the Years

By Ethan Ehrenhaft

Even before its use as a hashtag during the most recent presidential campaign, the phrase “drain the swamp” had a much more literal meaning to the residents of the District of Columbia. DC’s origins date back to 1791 when Congress approved purchase of land for a federally controlled capital. The district initially encompassed 100 square miles—most of which was covered by thick forests and insect-infested bogs. Upon arriving in 1800, Abigail Adams described DC as “a city only in name” in a letter to her sister.