Pacific Northwest History Conference


Announcing the 66th Pacific Northwest History Conference: “Hidden Histories, Diverse Publics.”

The conference will be held October 12-14, 2017 at Hotel RL by Red Lion Spokane at the Park

The Washington State Historical Society, permanent sponsor of the Pacific Northwest History Conference, invites proposals for sessions, panels, posters, and workshops on the theme of “Hidden Histories, Diverse Publics.” 

The Pacific Northwest History Conference is a forum for exchange among historians, scholars from other disciplines, museum professionals, educators, archivists, historic preservationists, graduate students, history enthusiasts, and community activists. Proposals from all quarters are strongly encouraged. The conference is an opportunity to share your work and passion with a community of people with similar interests. We encourage presentations in alternative formats including digital presentations. Proposals are encouraged for all eras and topics related to public history and diversity studies. 


Topics may include:

Innovative approaches to presenting history
Native American history
Human interaction with the environment
Media and Digital studies
Historic Preservation
Interpreting historic sites
Changing regional historical identities
New and unconventional sources and media of presentation
Reaching audiences outside academic walls
Discovering hidden history
LGBT History
Place-based history
Presenting sensitive topics/controversial histories
Stepping outside the timeline
Non-traditional historical inquiry
Ethnic History
Communities in relationship to their natural settings
Writing for popular media; recreating a real past as a dramatized story
Shaping the next regional history textbook
The hidden history of minorities
Reflections on women’s history in 2017 and on the eve of the national suffrage centennial
Practicing and teaching Public History; new approaches 

Electronic submissions are required: Attach proposals as Word or PDF files.


The committee encourages session submissions and will also consider individual presentations. All proposals must include:

  • Title
  • Description (no more than 250 words)
  • A/V requirements (laptop, projector, screen, etc.)
  • Names of presenter/presenters
    • Professional affiliation
    • Address
    • Email
    • Phone number
    • Brief resume 

Session proposals must include the above plus:

  • Session title
  • Session description (200 words maximum)
  • Contact information for the panel organizer, including email address and phone number

We assume that everyone listed in a session proposal has agreed to participate. All presenters must register for the conference.

Proposals must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by mid-July 2017.


Submit electronic file proposals to: 

Susan Rohrer, Program Committee, 2017 Pacific Northwest History Conference

            Washington State Historical Society
            1911 Pacific Avenue
            Tacoma, WA 99402


For more information, please contact program committee coordinator Susan Rohrer at