History Camp "unconference" returns for the second year in Boston

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History Camp, which uses an "unconference" format, was something of an experiment when it was created last March and presented in Cambridge: Would people sign up to present?  Would people attend?  Would it all go smoothly despite no committee setting a theme and no one screening the presentations--not to mention the fact that it was all organized by volunteers in less than 90 days.

The feedback at the event was positive, which was confirmed and quantified by the results to an anonymous survey distributed after the event.  (The 81-page report is here: http://www.slideshare.net/TheHistoryList/history-camp-survey-results.)

This year History Camp is taking place in Boston on Saturday, March 28, and the response from those interested in presenting as well as those interested in attending has been strong.  At this point, 25 sessions covering all aspects of history and are scheduled.  They will be presented by individuals ranging from professors and executive directors to those who are passionate about historical study and research, but who did not make it there profession.

The current list of sessions appears below--others may be submitted, including on the day of the event--with descriptions and other details on the registration page: historycamp2015.eventbrite.com.

•  "Roman Legionary" from Andy Volpe: Art & History

•  "Pushing the Envelope: A brief history of the U.S. Postal system by viewing postage stamps" from Henry Lukas, Education Director at the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History at Regis College.

•  "In Defense of Material Culture" from Erik R. Bauer, Archivist, Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, MA (@hipster818 & @PeaLibArchives).  

•  "Were the Early Suffragists Racist? A Look Into The Early Movement prior to The Emancipation Proclamation" from Colleen Janz, Executive Director, Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum 

•  "This Side of Paradise: The tragedy and triumph of a small town in MetroWest" from Peter Golden.  

•  "Don't let History Get STEAMrolled: Practical approaches to getting kids engaged with history" - panel

•   Sharing Your Passion for History: Blogs, Podcasts, Books, and More" - panel

•  "Soldiers in Our Homes: The French and Indian War & Quartering in Albany, New York, 1756-1763" from Elizabeth M. Covart, Ph.D., Independent Scholar, (@lizcovart).  

•   “The Salem Witch Trials: The Accused, Their Accusers, and the American Experience" from authors Marilynne Roach and Emerson “Tad” Baker.  Roach is the author of Six Women of Salem: the Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials. Baker, a history professor at Salem State University, is the author of A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience

•  "A History of the Boston Post Road—America’s First Information Highway” from Henry Lukas, Education Director at the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History at Regis College.

•  "Researching the Old Homesteads of Marlborough" from Chandra Lothian, Marlborough Historical Society Trustee.

•  "Our Forebears & Massachusetts in the Civil War" from author Bob Schecter.  

•  "Ideas for Programming, Outreach, and Operations of Smaller History Organizations: What worked what didn't, and what we learned from it"  - panel

•  "Living History:  Historic House Museums and the Classroom Teacher: The Age of Medicine and Midwifery" from Patricia Violette, Executive Director of the Shirley-Eustis House.  

•  "Risky Business: Living History Events in Traditional Museums" from Elizabeth Sulock, Manager of Public Outreach and Living History at the Newport Historical Society, and Kirsten Hammerstrom, Director of Collections at the Rhode Island Historical Society.  

•  "Making History Comics" from Jason Rodriguez, editor of the Colonial Comics series, with assistant editor J. L. Bell. 

•  "Prince Demah, Portrait Painter" from Paula Bagger, a director of the Hingham Historical Society.  

•  “How Would-Be Assassin Samuel Dyer Nearly Triggered the Revolutionary War" from J. L. Bell, proprietor of the Boston 1775 blog

•  "Digital Humanities/Tools for Teachers of American History: Using Primary Sources (U.S. History to 1865, part one)" from Sara Hamlen.  

•  "Saving the Reality: A Local Museum's Mission in Preserving One of the World's Most Significant WWII Collections" from Travis Roland, Assistant Curator of the Museum of World War Two in Natick.  

•  "John Trumbull's Portraiture in an Iconic Historical Painting of the Revolutionary Era" from Sam Forman, modern biographer of Dr. Joseph Warren and author of the upcoming young adult historical romance "Twenty-One Heroes." 

•  “The 1775 Dysentery Epidemic, Looking at the Little Picture” from Judy Cataldo.  

•  “Decoding and Applying Common Core for Public Historians: Close Reading 19th Century Sources” from Mark Gardner, Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society archivist and American History teacher.

•   “Refugees from Reality: Trans-Atlantic History and the Post-War Fascist International,” from Sam Clark, PhD. student and Crown Fellow at Brandeis University

•  "Maybe we should stop calling it 'History:' A roundtable discussion on making history relevant for today" – panel with Neil Licht and others. 

The complete list, along with registration, is at historycamp2015.eventbrite.com.  Space is limited.  Follow the event on Twitter using #HistoryCamp.

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