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Studies in Midwestern History

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Abstract

The history conference, the profession’s agora, is an overlooked phenomenon in the sociology of knowledge and epistemology. Following the Royal Historical Society, New England antiquarian societies, and the American Historical Association, hundreds of state and county historical societies sprouted up across the nation throughout the nineteenth century. By the end of the twentieth century, annual history conferences were both regional (including the Southern, Northern Great Plains, and Western) and thematic (including conferences on religion, colonial America, and railroads). This phenomena includes the Missouri Valley History Conference (MVHC). This article examines the MVHC, which is still ongoing, from its launch in 1958 to 2009. During this period of time the conference, which has always been based in Omaha, has included about 4,600 scholarly papers and 125 luncheon and banquet addresses delivered by experienced and aspiring scholars. Thousands of CVs mention participating as a MVHC paper presenter, moderator, discussant, or attendee, and the first footnote of many published papers – including six journal articles or book chapters from your author – acknowledge the MVHC.

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