Welcome to a website dedicated to teaching
American history at colleges and universities.

Welcome Message

"The student who reads history will unconsciously develop what is the highest value of history: judgment in worldly affairs. This is a permanent good, not because "history repeats" - we can never exactly match past and present situations - but because the "tendency of things" shows an amazing uniformity within any given civilization. As the great historian Burckhardt said of historical knowledge, it is not 'to make us more clever the next time, but wiser for all time.'"
-Jacques Barzu

Up coming conferences

The Organization of American Historians and the National Council on Public History (NCPH) invite you to the 2012 annual meeting in the beautiful lakefront city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Frontiers of Capitalism and Democracy” is this year’s theme. The collaboration between the OAH and the NCPH, the variety of scholarly sessions, and the great location are sure to make the 2012 gathering the most dynamic annual meeting to date.

Frontier Airlines Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Wednesday, April 18 to Sunday, April 22, 2012


6th annual community college workshop
The Organization of American Historians is pleased to announce its sixth annual community college workshop to be held June 14–16, 2012, at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois. The conference offers community college historians an excellent opportunity for professional development, networking, and an enjoyable break in the bustling capital of Illinois. Attendees will also have a chance to immerse themselves in the city where Abraham Lincoln began his professional career as an attorney and politician.

127th Annual Meeting

New Orleans
January 3–6, 2013
Theme: "Lives, Places, Stories"