What is it?
The Massachusetts History Conference is held in early June each year. Its purpose is to support public local history. The conference features panel discussions and workshops on topics of interest to small museums and other historical organizations and people who work with them. Over the past decade the conference has featured a wide array of relevant themes and speakers.
Anyone is welcome to participate. Most participants are volunteers and staff members of public history organizations, small museums, and other historical organizations; consultants and interns; and local history scholars. Although the programming is geared toward supporting historical organizations in Massachusetts, members of the general public may also attend. We do not require organizational affiliation.
What does this program do?
There is no central historical society in Massachusetts, and participants see the Mass History Conference as the best annual opportunity for the Massachusetts history community to network, share expertise and think together. Many regard it as a crucial part of the fabric of the Massachusetts history community, a moment for disparate organizations to learn and think about their work in preserving and interpreting Massachusetts history. Learn about the Mass History Alliance, an organization forming to take over the Mass History Conference.
How do I participate?
Online registration opens sometime mid April. To keep abreast of conference information, subscribe to the Mass History news mailing list. We usually call for suggestions for presentations in December.
Who funds it?
The conference does not have independent funding, and it is dependent on its institutional sponsors and your donations. To support the Mass History Alliance’s contribution to the conference, visit their contribution page.