SHA's New Public Square 

This year in Baltimore, meet us at the Public Square, the SHA's hub for all things Public History. The Square will serve as a place for historians in all lines of work—museums, teaching, archives, and more—to gather, learn, and connect. Located in the exhibit hall, the Square will host panels, a Happy Hour, and representatives from local history institutions, as well as feature Public History programs from colleges and universities across the nation.

Be sure to visit and sign up for the book raffle. Books can be donated here:

#2022SHA Events 

Friday, November 11th, 2022
9am-11am: National Museum of the US Navy
11am-1pm: Kentucky Historical Society, Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition
1pm-3pm: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
3pm-4:30pm: Southern Objects Workshop (details below) 
4:30pm: Public Square Happy Hour & Book Raffle
Saturday, November 12th, 2022
9:30am-11:30am: "Careers in Public History" Panel, Co-sponsored by the SAWH Professional Development Committee and the SHA Membership Committee (details below)
12pm-1pm: East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
1pm-3pm: Beer Tasting with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (NMAH)
3pm-4pm: NMAH & the Center for Restorative History

Southern Objects Workshop

Three material culture practitioners--Elijah Gaddis, Katherine Lennard, and Whitney Stewart--are convening a Southern Objects Workshop on Friday, November 11th from 3-4:30pm. During this workshop, we will argue for the necessity of material culture to southern history, debate what makes an object "southern," and discuss how we can better incorporate material archives into our teaching and research. Whether you are new to object-based research or a longtime advocate of these methods, we welcome you ​to join us as we chart new approaches to southern material culture. And make sure to stick around after the workshop for the Public Square happy hour!

Careers in Public History

Are you curious about some of the ways that historians have put their skills, interests, and degrees to work outside of the academy? This panel will introduce attendees to just a few of the many careers available in the field of public history. Each panelist will provide a brief introduction of their educational background and career path. Then they will circulate to tables around the Public Square for more in-depth conversations with attendees about the range of careers available for public historians.

Panel Chair: Kelly Kennington ([email protected]), Auburn University


  • Alex Colvin ([email protected]), Public Programs Coordinator, Alabama Department of Archives and History
  • Lisa A. Francavilla ([email protected]), Senior Managing Editor, Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series and research historian at Monticello
  • Patrick A. Lewis ([email protected]), Director of Collections and Research, The Filson Historical Society
  • Edward Valentin ([email protected]), Curator, National Museum of the United States Navy