2015 Annual Meeting

September 16-19, 2015

Louisville, KY

The Power of Possibility

Just as Louisville’s growth and success spring from the barriers faced by Ohio River travelers at the Falls of the Ohio, the power of possibility allows the public history field to see opportunities instead of obstacles. Momentum is building once again!

So, how do we demonstrate, encourage, and inspire the Power of Possibility within the realm of history organizations and far beyond?

We all know that history organizations continue to operate in a highly challenging environment. Those organizations that keep within the boundaries and simply repeat past procedures, programs, and operations continue to fall behind. Those who identify the spaces of possibility and adjust strategies make inroads to the future.

At our peril, we implement change by forcing the questions of either public programs or academic research, either contemplative or participatory experiences, content versus skills development, and either existing membership or new audiences. If we truly intend to survive and positively impact the future, we need to reject the exclusionary phrase “either/or” and move in the direction of “and.”

We can be both creative and disciplined, consistent and fresh, informative and fun. As they like to say in Louisville, “It’s possible here.” Join us as we find ways to blend what appear to be opposite extremes and we navigate boundaries and barriers, ultimately unlocking the Power of Possibility!


Thank You to Our 2015 Sponsors


 Ogle Foundation MasterSolid Light

History Channel




Clio - Final Logo -For Web

Basic CMYK

Filson Historical Society

Kentucky Historical Society

Unique Imaging

USA Image


Connected Nation
Cooperstown Graduate Program
Creative Learning Factory
DECO Works
IUPUI Public History Program
K. Norman Berry Architects
Louisville Water Company
Middle Tennessee State University Public History Program
MuseumTrek by Trek Solver, Inc.
Northern Kentucky University Public History Program
Rowman and Littlefield
University of Louisville History Department


American Printing House for the Blind
Friends of Culbertson Mansion
White House Historical Association