PHA Annual Meeting Schedule, October 14-15, 2021

Links to the zoom sessions will be sent by email the day prior to the conference.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

4:30-5:30 p.m.:  PHA Council Meeting

6:00-7:30 p.m., PLENARY:  A Shared HeritageA Collaborative Community Approach to Celebrating Erie County’s African American History

  • Benjamin Scharff (moderator), faculty, Mercyhurst University
  • Chris Magoc, faculty, Mercyhurst University
  • Melinda Meyer, President, Preservation Erie
  • Jonny Johnson, Community Historian and Educator
  • Hannah Spring Pfeifer, Museum Educator, Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle

Friday, October 15, 2021

8:00-8:45 a.m.:  PHA Members Meeting

9:00-9:45 a.m., SESSION 1:  Panel: Reframing Struggles for Rights and Justice: Research and Resources in Pennsylvania Disability History  

  • Nathan Stenberg (moderator), University of Minnesota
  • Dennis B. Downey, Millersville University | From Segregation to Disability Rights: Pennsylvania Disability History in Historical Context
  • Tyler Stump, Pennsylvania State Archives | Disability History Mother Lode: Records of Institutionalization at the Pennsylvania State Archives
  • Sierra Green, Heinz History Center | Collaborating to Identify, Preserve and Share Western Pennsylvania Disability History

10:00-10:45 a.m., SESSION 2:  Roundtable:  Collecting and Connecting from Home: Historical Societies Respond to the Covid-19 Shutdowns

  • Laurie Rofini (moderator), Chester County Archives
  • Adam Bentz, York County History Center
  • Sarah Piccini, Lackawanna Historical Society
  • Matthew Strauss, Heinz History Center

11:00-11:45 a.m., SESSION 3: Panel: Industrialism, Preservation and Reimagined Communities

  • Drew Simpson (moderator), Duquesne University
    Charles Williams, Columbia Southern University | “Obnoxious, repulsive and injurious”: Industrial History, Pollution, and the Decline and Recovery of Pennsylvania’s Clarion River
  • Tristin Milazzo, Cumberland County Historical Society | Preservation and Perseverance in the Patches: A Woman’s Role in Coal County 
  • Ed Slavishak, Susquehanna University | Strip Pit Dreams, 1968

12:00-12:30 p.m., Pennsylvania History Series Book Launch:  Conversation between Allen Dieterich-Ward, co-editor of Pennsylvania History Series and Bev Tomek, University of Houston at Victoria, author of new Penn History Series book, Slavery and Abolition in Pennsylvania (Temple University Press, 2021).

12:30-1:00 p.m.:  Lunch Break

1:00-1:45 p.m., SESSION 4:  Panel: Race, Monuments, Commemoration 

  • Jennifer Janofsky (moderator), Rowan University 
  • Alexander O’Gorman, Temple University | Teedyuscung, a Man, a Statue: Folklore Stories, and Native American Statue Commemorations
  • Laura Keim, Stenton | Inequality in Bronze: The Dinah Memorial Project at Stenton 
  • Jordan Smith, Widener University | Pennsylvania’s Plymouth Rock: Claiming and Forgetting Space at William Penn’s Landing(s)
  • VanJessica Gladney, University of Pennsylvania | Penn & Slavery Project: Augmenting a Campus to Publicize History 

2:00-2:45 p.m., SESSION 5:  Roundtable:  Racial and Sexist Bias in Historical Collections

  • Linda Ries (moderator), editor, Pennsylvania History
  • Lindsay Houpt-Varner, Rokeby Museum 
  • Cara Curtis, Cumberland County Historical Society 
  • Tesa Lark Burns, Hershey Community Archives

3:00-3:45 p.m., SESSION 6: Roundtable: The Past, The Present, and the Future of Public History Education in the Pennsylvania State System

  • Organized by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Public History Cooperative
  • Mark Sanko ( moderator), Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Steven Burg, Shippensburg University
  • Erin Conlin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Janneken Smucker, West Chester University
  • Michael Gray, East Stroudsburg University

4:00-4:45 p.m., SESSION 7: Panel: Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • Chanelle Rose (moderator), Rowan University
  • Jessica Neu, Duquesne University | Resolute Unity: An Examination of the Philosophical Implications of Dialogic Civility on Institutional Communication in the Area of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Melissa Ford, Slippery Rock University | “We Will Mobilize:” Black Radicalism in Depression-Era Pittsburgh
  • Justin Burkett, Independent Scholar | Scrapbook Histories: A View of Civil Rights in the Rural North

4:45 p.m.:  Closing Remarks: David Witwer, PHA President

5:00 p.m.:  Members Happy Hour