The AASLH 2023 Annual Conference is taking place on September 6-9 in Boise, Idaho. This year’s conference features one workshop and three sessions that will help you and your organization prepare for the United States’ 250th anniversary in 2026.
Workshop: Strategic Planning for the U.S. 250th Anniversary
Wednesday, September 6, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $60, Preregistration Required
The U.S. 250th is an opportunity to strengthen the field by attracting increased interest and investment. Seize this moment by learning best practices in strategic planning, which can help organizations deepen capacity and engage new and existing audiences. Attendees will gain vital skills to help make the most of 2026. Registration fee includes morning coffee or tea, a boxed lunch, and an afternoon snack.
Approaches to the 250th: Early Lessons from Across the Country
Friday, September 8, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
The 250th anniversary, coming up in 2026, is a rare opportunity to make progress towards justice through inclusive history and to uplift the work of history institutions across the country. With three years to go, planning for the anniversary is underway nationwide. Attend this session to draw inspiration from commemorative activities from varied states that will help make the most of the transformative potential of 2026.
Legacies of the Bicentennial at Parks: Reframing Narratives
Friday, September 8, 10:45 a.m. – noon
Many park agencies operate historic sites that were originally preserved as part of the initial wave of patriotic preservationism in the wake of the Bicentennial of 1976—preserving sites honoring white men. This session explores attempts to reframe narratives and preservation efforts at parks to reflect a more diverse history.
The U.S. Semiquincentennial and the Power of Imagery
Saturday, September 9, 9 – 10:15 a.m.
The approaching U.S. 250th anniversary requires thoughtful consideration of ways to use common Revolutionary era images and symbols, which often come with complex histories and inspire different associations for different people. How can history practitioners use these images in interpreting the Revolution and 250th for diverse audiences? This panel will explore how, whether, when, and why to use these symbols while underscoring broader questions about inclusive interpretation and the power of imagery.
Early bird registration discounts for the conference are available through July 28. Members receive the best discounts!