History Camp Boston 2018 Sessions

History Camp Boston brings together people from all walks of life who are passionate about history. They come from all regions of the country for one day every year, and it’s a day unlike any other.

This year History Camp Boston takes place on Saturday, July 7, and I expect that we’ll end up with around 50 sessions, which means you’ll have a choice of four to six sessions in each time slot. See below for titles and presenters. More details, including session descriptions and registration information, is at HistoryCamp.org/boston.

Lee Wright  |  Founder  |  The History List  |  History Camp


As of July 5:

The Founding Fathers and Covert Operations

— Stephen Knott (stephen.knott@usnwc.edu) Professor, National Security Affairs Department, United States Naval War College. @publius57 and Amazon Author Page

The April 19, 1775 Evacuation of Lexington and Concord

Alexander Cain, Author, We Stood Our Ground: Lexington in the First Year of the American Revolution and I See Nothing but the Horrors of a Civil Warmcalpin77@gmail.com
https://historicalnerdery01.blogspot.com/

The Salem Witchcraft Trials and Ergot, the “Moldy Bread” Hypothesis 

Margo Burns, Project Manager and Associate Editor, Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt (Cambridge, 2009) margoburns@gmail.com

Behind the Devil’s Shield: Counter-Magic in Early New England

Alyssa G. A. Conary (alyssagaconary@gmail.com), MA history candidate at Salem State University and President & co-founder of the Salem Historical Society

James Madison Reflects on Efforts and Circumstances Surrounding the Ratification of the US Constitution in its Anniversary “30th year” of 1818

Kyle Jenks (kyle@greatlittlemadison.com) is a professional interpreter of Pres. James Madison (greatlittlemadison.com and facebook.com/PresidentMadison) and a member of the League of Most Interesting Gentlemen.

Robert Smalls, From Slave to American Civil War Hero

Patrick Gabridge (pat@gabridge.com) is the playwright of Blood on the Snow (recently staged at the Old State House) and many other historical plays, as well as the novel Steering to Freedom, about Robert Smalls.

Henry Wilson: Natick Cobbler to Vice-President

Joe Weisse (tvconversations@yahoo.com), Natick Historical Society

Heroic Souls: Puritan Women as the First American Individuals

Lori Stokes, Ph.D. (lori.stokes@comcast.net)

Katharine Gibbs: Trailblazing Woman in Business

— Rose A. Doherty (www.roseadoherty.com) is the author of Katharine Gibbs: Beyond White Gloves, the first history of this world-renowned institution.

The Chautauqua Movement in New England and the Now Forgotten Framingham Chautauqua

— Anita Danker, Author and Lecturer, adanker@assumption.edu and danker54@rcn.com

The Founding Fathers and the Electoral College

Tara Ross, Author of The Indispensable Electoral College: How the Founders’ Plan Saves Our Country from Mob Rule; We Elect a President: The Story of our Electoral College; and, co-author of Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State.FacebookTwitterInstagramwebsite, and Amazon Author Page

At Home with Louis Comfort Tiffany: When Tiffany Came to Boston

Jeanne Pelletier, Preservation Advisor, The Campaign for the Ayer Mansion, Inc.

George Washington and the Separation of Church and State in the Early Days of the Republic

Tara Ross, Author of The Indispensable Electoral College: How the Founders’ Plan Saves Our Country from Mob Rule; We Elect a President: The Story of our Electoral College; and, co-author of Under God: George Washington and the Question of Church and State.FacebookTwitterInstagramwebsite, and Amazon Author Page

Great History Podcasts: How to Find Them and How to Create Your Own

— Edward T. O’Donnell, Assoc. Professor of History at Holy Cross College host of the popular American history podcast, In The Past Lane ( www.InThePastLane.com).  He is the author of “Visions of America: A History of the United States,” and other books. www.EdwardTODonnell.com

The History Podcaster Panel

— Edward T. O’Donnell, In The Past Lane ( www.InThePastLane.com), Jake Sconyers, HUB History (www.HUBhistory.com), Liz Covart, Ben Franklin’s World (www.BenFranklinsWorld.com), Mick Sullivan, The Past and the Curious (www.thepastandthecurious.com), and Tracy V. Wilson, Stuff You Missed in History Class  (www.missedinhistory.com).

How to Use Images to Teach History: An introduction to the SIGHT Method

— Edward T. O’Donnell, Assoc. Professor of History at Holy Cross College host of the popular American history podcast, In The Past Lane ( www.InThePastLane.com).  He is the author of “Visions of America: A History of the United States,” and other books. www.EdwardTODonnell.com

From Pride to Protest to Rebellion: Tea in the American Colonies, From the Seven Years War Through the Revolutionary War

— Abby Chandler (abigail_chandler@uml.edu), Associate Professor of Early American History, University of Massachusetts Lowell

The Real Story Behind the Hollywood Afghan War Epic, Twelve Strong: The True Declassified Story of the Horse Soldiers

— Brian Glyn Williams (bwilliams@umassd.edu and http://www.brianglynwilliams.com), Professor of History, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and author, The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum, the Afghan Warrior who Led US Special Forces to Topple the Taliban Regime

Meriwether Lewis’s Survey at Cumberland Gap: or What’s up with the 36-30 Line of North Latitude between Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee?

— Lorna Hainesworth (lornament@comcast.net), Ambassador and National Traveler,
Lifetime member of the Surveyors Historical Society and the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, founding member of the Lewis and Clark Trust, associate member of the Department of the Geographer and the District of Columbia Association of Land Surveyors.

Freeing Fayza: A Professor’s Journey to ISIS-Controlled Iraq to Help Free a “Pagan” Slave Girl

— Brian Glyn Williams (bwilliams@umassd.edu and http://www.brianglynwilliams.com), Professor of History, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and author, The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum, the Afghan Warrior who Led US Special Forces to Topple the Taliban Regime

Impact of the 1918 flu epidemic: A personal stories-based approach

— Lori Lyn Price (BridgingThePast@gmail.com and BridgingThePast.com), Independent Researcher.

The Corpse in the Cellar: or, the Posthumous Adventures of Sheriff George Corwin

— Marilynne K. Roach (MarilynneKRoach.com) the author of The Salem Witch Trials: a Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege, and the biographical Six Women of Salem. She has also contributed to the definitive collection of court documents, Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt.

The Lost Mill Towns of South County

— Mark Kenneth Gardner (gardner.mark.k@gmail.com) Public historian, public educator, and archivist for the Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society. @HistoryGardner and LinkedIn Page

The Redcoats Have Come: Getting to Know the British Soldiers Who Arrived in Boston in 1768

— J. L. Bell (boston1775@earthlink.net) is the author of The Road to Concord: How Four
Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War and Boston 1775 (boston1775.net)

New England’s Hidden Histories: The Race to Rescue Our Earliest Manuscript Church Records

— James F. Cooper, Jr. (jcooper@14beacon.org), Regents Distinguished Research Professor, Emeritus, Oklahoma State University, and Director, New England’s Hidden Histories, Congregational Library, Boston

Ghosts and Graffiti: Superstition and Belief in the Fairbanks House

— Daniel Neff (curatordaniel@fairbankshouse.org), Curator, The Fairbanks House

Photography and Finding the Ancient and Medieval in New England

— Kisha G. Tracy​ (ktracy3@fitchburgstate.edu), Associate Professor, English Studies, Fitchburg State University; Project Leader, Cultural Heritage through Image; @kosho22, Facebook group, and website

Mad For Glory: the 1813 Origins of American Nation-Building and Imperialism

— Robert Booth (bodjo71@gmail.com), author, Mad For Glory (Tilbury House, 2015)

The Marblehead Women’s Takeover of Their Town in the mid-19th Century

— Robert Booth (bodjo71@gmail.com), author, The Women of Marblehead, A Women’s History of Marblehead, Mass., in the 19th Century and of the Marblehead Female Humane Society (Marblehead, 2016)

The Forgotten Philanthropist

— Erik Bauer (Bauer@noblnet.org and @hipster818) archivist, Peabody Institute Library,

The New England Lighthouse Storm

John Horrigan (johnhorrigan@hotmail.com), five-time Boston/New England Emmy Award-winning folklorist and historian. www.usfolklore.com

Charles & Mary Wild: A 19th Century Brookline Family and the World in Which They Lived

— Ken Liss (kliss@brooklinehistoricalsociety.org), President, Brookline Historical Society and author of the blog Muddy River Musings.

War, Espionage, and Intrigue—Dr. Warren on the Eve of Revolution

— Dr. Sam Forman (@DrSamForman), is the author of Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty and 21 Heroes. http://www.drjosephwarren.com/

Revolutionary Reformers: Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement

Barbara F. Berenson (barbara.f.berenson@gmail.com) is the author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers and a Senior Attorney at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Really Wild West of 1789: An Epic Pioneer Adventure across Racial and Geographic Frontiers of the American Revolutionary Era

— Dr. Sam Forman (@DrSamForman), is the author of Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty and 21 Heroes. http://www.drjosephwarren.com/

Side by Side, Women in a Changing Fitchburg

— Susan Navarre, Executive Director, Fitchburg Historical Society

Woman, the Bicycle and the Vote

Colleen Janz (colleen@susanbanthonybirthplace.org), Executive Director of the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

Vikings in New York and Delaware

Tara ManciniCalicos, Camelots and Swords (17thcenturynewyork.blogspot.com)

Four Yellow Love Drawers: An (Early) Modern Married Couple’s Wardrobe

Tara ManciniCalicos, Camelots and Swords (17thcenturynewyork.blogspot.com)

Celebrating America’s 250th
— Jon Grabelle Herman, executive director of USA250, and Bob Allison, Chair of Revolution 250, the Massachusetts organizing committee.

The Filling of Boston’s Back Bay

Will Holton, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Northeastern University

Printing and Revolution: The Role of Printers in Revolutionary Boston

— Gary Gregory, founder and proprietor of Edes & Gill and Lessons on Liberty

Alexander Twilight: The Unfamiliar African American Who Hid His Race For Life

— Gabrielle Anzalone and Esme Kimber (alexandertwilightgirls@gmail.com )

“The British Boston Garrison, 1774-1776”
— Don N. Hagist (dhagist@mail.com), Editor, Journal of the American Revolution and author of British Soldiers, American War (Westholme, 2012)

Using the Hancock Door to Unlock Unheard Historical Voices

— Patrick Gabridge and Courtney O’Connor, playwright and director, Blood on the Snow (2016, 2017) and Cato & Dolly (2018). playsinplace@gmail.com and www.playsinplace.com

Why We Need Open Digital Heritage

— Amy Barlow, Assistant Professor and Librarian, Rhode Island College, and Taylor M. Polites, Community Practitioner in Residence, Swearer Center, Brown University. abarlow@ric.edu and taylor_polites@brown.edu

Board to Death: The Hidden Leadership Crisis in Public History and What We Do About It
— Taylor Stoermer (@TaylorStoermer) Lecturer in Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Adviser to the Walt Disney Companies

How Could Placemaking Apply to Local History?

— Gavin Kleespies, Director of Programs, Massachusetts Historical Society (gkleespies@masshist.org)  and Nancy Heywood, Digital Projects Coordinator, Massachusetts Historical Society (nheywood@masshist.org )

When Legal Law Contradicts Moral Law: The Oberlin Riot of 1858

— Robert Galante (historydr.com), award-winning teache


Browse the expanding list, with session descriptions, register, and learn how you can present at HistoryCamp.org/boston.