Kentucky Historical Society
Historians to convene in Louisville Sept. 16 for AASLH Annual Meeting

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 10, 2015  
Contact Information:  Laurel Harper
502-564-1792, ext. 4489

How history professionals should document and interpret current events is just one of the topics to be discussed at the 2015 American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Annual Meeting when it convenes in Louisville Sept. 16-19.  The conference is expected to draw 1,000 history professionals to the region to discuss “The Power of Possibility” and how to navigate boundaries and barriers in today’s highly challenging environment.

Among the issues conference attendees will tackle are the relevance of history in today’s world; the role of cultural institutions in documenting and interpreting events such as Ferguson and the Emanuel AME Church killings; and how to handle high-profile artifacts and related statuary.

Helping historians address these issues are nationally known speakers including author/environmentalist Wendell Berry, state historian James Klotter and KET host/journalist Renee Shaw, who will examine the importance of studying the past in preparing for the future; Stanford University professor Sam Wineburg, author of “Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts,” a book that challenges the status quo in history education; and Carol Kammen, teacher, author and History News columnist who consistently appeals to those engaged in local history to think about what they are doing and how they do it.

Louisville, with its tagline “It’s Possible Here,” presents a perfect backdrop for the conference theme, according to Scott Alvey, deputy director of the Kentucky Historical Society and chair of the AASLH host committee.

 “Where are the areas of possibility and opportunity that exist within what we’re trying to accomplish through the study and interpretation of history today? Rather than continuing to do what we’ve always done, we should focus on figuring out what our public’s needs truly are and work to plant the flag there,” he said.

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Host Committee Members:
Kentucky Historical Society (chair); Filson Society; Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau; Locust Grove; Belle of Louisville; Kentucky Derby Museum; Frazier History Museum; Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site; Sons of the American Revolution; Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing; the University of Louisville; Oldham County Historical Society; American Printing House for the Blind; Northern Kentucky University; Solid Light Inc.

About AASLH:
Since 1940, AASLH has provided leadership and support for those who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. The organization serves individuals and institutions from rural communities, urban sites, small historical societies, and large history centers across the United States. For more information, visit