Kentucky Historical Society
Historians to convene in Louisville Sept. 16 for AASLH Annual Meeting
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
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.
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
“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.
information on the conference visit: http://about.aaslh.org/conference/.
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.
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 http://www.aaslh.org.