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Author: Mark S. Newmark
Title: History conference Web Sites
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August 2000
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Source: History conference Web Sites
Mark S. Newmark


vol. 3, no. 2, August 2000
Article Type: Computing in the K-12 Levels
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3310410.0003.211
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History conference Web Sites

Mark Newmark

School life is almost by necessity an insular one for teachers. Conferences offer the opportunity to escape that insularity — to see the world, as it were. But where does one find out about conferences of interest to the history teacher? Colleagues can often be good sources of information about conferences, as can school administrators and school district officials. But even the best informed of teachers is probably familiar with only a smattering of the conferences out there. To add to the knowledge of those in the know, and to aid those who, like myself, more usually find themselves out of the loop, I have compiled a list of websites announcing conferences that may be of interest to history teachers of school-aged students. To facilitate the use of the list, I have accompanied each site with a brief description of the conference(s) featured there.

The list is by no means comprehensive and I would warmly invite those of you who know of other conferences announced on the Internet to e-mail me with the relevant URLs.

The (International) Association for History and Computing (IAHC) sponsors an international conference each year. The AHC conference is designed to promote and develop interest in the use of computers in all types of historical study at every level, in both teaching and research. <http://odur.let.rug.nl/ahc/>

The American Association for History and Computing (AAHC) sponsors a national conference each year. The AAHC conference is designed to promote and develop interest in the use of computers in all types of historical study at every level, in both teaching and research. <http://www.theaahc.org/annual.htm> The 2001 conference, to be held in Bloomington, Indiana, will be held in conjunction with a number of K-12 organizations and will feature workshops intended for K-12 teachers.

MUSÉE Expo is a new annual conference for museum educators and K-12 educators in any discipline who use technology in the learning process. While history teachers will be in the minority there, MUSÉE Expo's focus should make at an interesting one for history teachers at the K-12 level. <http://www.museeexpo.com/>

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) sponsors a national conference drawing nearly 5,000 educators each year. The NCSS conference is specifically geared for history and social studies teachers at the K-12 level. <http://www.socialstudies.org/conference/> Many local and regional social studies council affiliates of The National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) hold their own annual conferences. To obtain a list of those local & regional social studies meetings, see the following web sites:

The American Historical Association (AHA) sponsors a national conference each year. As the largest historical society in the United States, the AHA conference attracts several thousand attendees. Most of the program is geared for university level instructors, but the AHA is making a concerted effort to attract K-12 teachers and the AHA offers several sessions targeted specifically for secondary school teachers. One of those sessions is offered by The Organization of History Teachers, a group dedicated to providing K-12 history teachers with information on professional opportunities and national developments in the teaching of history.

The World History Association (WHA) hosts an annual international conference on the study and teaching of world history. While much of the WHA conference is geared for those teaching at the post-secondary level, there is also a great deal of interest for K-12 teachers of world history. <http://www.whc.neu.edu/wha/> Many local and regional social studies council affiliates of The World History Association (WHA) hold their own annual conferences. To obtain a list of those local & regional social studies conferences, check the hyperlinks under "Affiliates" on <http://www.whc.neu.edu/wha/>

The College Board offers a number of summer workshops around the country for teachers of Advanced Placement history courses.

The National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) offers a number of summer workshops each year geared for K-12 level teachers of history. A list of those workshops may be found at the hyperlink for NEH Summer Seminars & Institutes.

The National Council for History Education (NCHE) offers a new conference dedicated to promoting the importance of history in schools and in society.

In addition to these conferences, there are a large number of more specialized historical association that host their own conferences. These organizations are almost always designed for the post-secondary level, but that is not to say that they are without interest for teachers at the primary and secondary level. A comprehensive list of these specialized historical associations - with hyperlinks to those organization's websites —may be found at

Mark Newmark <mark_newmark@caryacademy.pvt.k12.nc.us>