Annual Conference


Echo & Resonance: 1968

The Annual Conference began as a collaborative effort by The George Washington University, the DC Public Library, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Its mission has remained constant: to provide a friendly and rigorous forum for discussing and promoting original research in the history of local Washington, D.C., and its metropolitan area. The 2017 conference looks toward the 50th anniversary of the civil unrest of 1968.  Particularly welcome are complete sessions or papers addressing 1968 and its unrest as a pivotal moment in the history of D.C., the history of activism in the D.C. area, or the intersection of race, politics, governance, and history in the D.C. area. How does 1968 resonate today? Cultural historians, as well as academics in other fields, as well as community members, are encouraged to participate. The conference seeks to foster the participation of graduate students as well students at all education levels. (Submissions need not reflect the conference theme.)

Learn more about submitting a presentation

Submission Deadline: June 9, 2017, 11:59 p.m.
Call for Submissions can be accessed or downloaded in PDF format
Registration for the 44th Annual D.C. History Conference opens September 1, 2017.
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View the 43rd Annual Conference Program 

 About the Conference
The Annual Conference on D.C. History is hosted by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. with support from Events DC. It is co-sponsored by the George Washington University Libraries; the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.; and Special Collections, DC Public Library.

Conference Committee
The Annual Conference is overseen by a volunteer committee representing diverse institutions and professions: Mark Benbow, John DeFerrari, Mark Greek, Karen Harris, Ida E. Jones, Rebecca Katz, Jennifer King, Izetta Autumn Mobley, Nancy Murray, John O’Brien, Sandra Schmidt, John Suau, Mary Ternes, Ruth Trocolli, Kerrie Williams, Ranald Woodaman.


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