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Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies

Annual Meeting

The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG)

“Across the Great Divide: Historical Research in a Digital World”

April 24–25, 2015

Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies
Shepherdstown, West Virginia


The Society for History in Federal Government invites proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting.  The program committee encourages participants to broadly interpret the theme of Historical Research in the Digital Age. Topics might include the historiography of oral history practice and theory; the impact of technology on the practice and sharing of public history; the challenges of managing and distributing data in the digital age; the evolving relationship between public history and the web; oral history programs in federal history offices; and research in the history of the federal government. This expansive conference theme is intended to encourage a lively conversation among oral historians, archivists, and public historians.

SHFG encourages panels composed of practitioners with a variety of backgrounds and experiences including federal historians, public historians, academic historians, park rangers, archivists, preservationists, records managers, and those who work in declassification of federal records.  The Program Committee particularly welcomes participation from graduate students contemplating careers in history.  Entire panels, roundtables, as well as individual papers will be considered.

Proposals should not exceed 600 words and include a brief summary of the topic and a statement of historical interest.  Proposals for a complete session should include a one- or two-sentence description of the session as well as the proposals for each individual presentation.

Please submit individual paper topics and session proposals by December 30, 2014.

•  Proposals can be emailed to:

•  Mail hard copy proposals to:

SHFG 2015 Conference
Box 14139, Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20004



Panel submissions should include: a panel title and session abstract of no more than 400 words; contact information, affiliation, and brief biographical statement for each participant; and a prospectus of no more than 250 words for each presentation.

Individual submissions should include a title, a 250-word abstract and brief biographical statement. All submissions should note whether or not they will require multimedia services. Presenters must register for the conference.

Proposals are welcome immediately; the submission deadline is December 31, 2014. Successful candidates will be notified in early February 2015.

Please email proposals and all inquiries to:

Presenters are invited to submit drafts of their papers for possible publication in FEDERAL HISTORY, SHFG’s journal (in print and online:

Program committee chairs:
Carl Ashley, SHFG,
Terrance Rucker, SHFG,


Hotel Information

The SHFG Annual Meeting will be held in the Robert C. Byrd Center on the campus of Shepherd University.  SHFG has reserved blocks of rooms at two nearby hotels.

Bavarian Inn ( The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the conference center.  Please mention the SHFG meeting when calling to make a reservation.

Clarion Hotel ( The hotel is approximately 1 mile from the conference center.  Please call 304-876-7000 and ask for the “Meeting of the Society for History of the Federal Government Block” to make reservations.


The 2016 Annual Membership Education Meeting will be held in Baltimore in conjunction with the National Council for Public History (March 16–19). Submissions for that meeting will be due mid-summer 2015.