By Blanca Drapeau
There we were. A small group of Californian undergrads, winter layers piled over our business casual attire, perusing the AHA 2017 annual meeting program over coffee and pastries. We discussed panels that piqued our interests, excitedly pointing out historians we’d read for our courses and asking each other about unfamiliar terms. Last year was my senior year at Humboldt State University and the second year I attended the AHA annual meeting with our History Club. I was president of our club and the only student attending who had gone to another annual meeting.
The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 prizes, to be awarded at the 132nd annual meeting in Washington, DC, January 4–7, 2018. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 4, in the Omni Shoreham Hotel’s Palladian Ballroom at 7:00 pm, immediately following the meeting’s welcome reception.
DC is a lot more than swamp and politics. It’s also home to the AHA and much of the staff responsible for its day-to-day operations. So this year, in honor of the annual meeting being held in our backyard, AHA staff is excited to bring to you our selection of favorite local DC haunts, as well as sessions during the annual meeting that we would like to attend, but probably can’t. (Hey, someone has to chase that pigeon out of the Job Center!)
Check out our recommendations, and tweet us your own at #AHA18!
Registration for the 2018 AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC, is now open! Those planning to attend can also make hotel reservations at discounted rates. AHA members can bring students to the annual meeting for an additional fee of only $10 for each K–12, undergraduate, and precandidacy graduate student. The 2018 meeting features a number of events specifically designed to engage undergraduate students in the life of the meeting.
Set a course for adventure, historians! The AHA will be holding its 2018 annual meeting on a luxury liner, plying the blue waters of the Caribbean with all-historic ports of call, instead of in Washington, DC.
By Antoinette Burton
As the final sessions of the 2017 AHA in Denver drew to a close on Sunday, January 8, the sun shone and the temperatures headed toward 50 degrees—a welcome contrast to the blizzard with which the conference had opened a few days before. Much to my surprise, I found myself already looking forward to the 2018 AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC.