Category Archives: Public Events

National History Center events, including sessions at the American Historical Association annual meetings and more.

9/14: Jeffrey Wasserstrom & Jiayang Fan on “Mapping China’s Cultural Genome”

The National History Center is pleased to co-sponsor a panel discussion on “Mapping China’s Cultural Genome” with the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States.  Jeffrey Wasserstrom (UC Irvine) and Jiayang Fan (The New Yorker) will speak.  Robert Daly, director of the Kissinger Institute, will moderate the discussion.

The discussion takes place on Wednesday, September 14, from 3 p.m. to 5 pm. on the 6th floor of the Wilson Center.  For more information and to RSVP, please follow think link.


7/13: Research Forum: “Microscopic Foes of Mankind”: Understanding Tuberculosis in American History

This undergraduate research project explores the social experience of tuberculosis by engaging the public as an audience for a comprehensive effort to document the lives of Americans who died of this disease. This project engages the public’s interest in telling the stories of individuals and their communities in historical contexts. Researchers are now collecting information from obituaries and death notices published in American newspapers from 1870 to 1920, entering information into an online form that has both structured elements (name, date of death, and names of family members) and opportunities to add more information as relevant. These materials will be processed by the project team and made available to the public and scholars in forms familiar to historians and genealogists, such as mortality tables, analysis of age and race distribution, and discussion of illness narratives. The flexibility and ubiquity of digital medium are essential to this project. At a time of unprecedented interest in the nation’s past by genealogists and family historians, this project is a unique attempt to engage the public in creating, interpreting, and understanding the history of a deadly illness through the lives of Americans.

The forum will be held at the Wilson Center, Washington, DC, on July 13, from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

For the location and other details about the forum, please follow this link.

The project is currently in development. Viewers interested in learning more about this project can see the results of work done by Virginia Tech students who completed a history project on tuberculosis in Virginia in the spring 2015 semester. The results of their work can be seen at the Telling Victims’ Stories (link), the poster exhibit on display (link), and postings on Circulating Now, from the U S National Library of Medicine (link). For more information about this project, and future plans, please contact the project director, Tom Ewing.



5/12: Aztec and Colonial MEXICO: A Celebration and Conversation

The Center is pleased to announce an event co-sponsored by the Kislak Family Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Early Americas Working Group, and the University of Maryland

Aztec and Colonial MEXICO: A Celebration and Conversation with Authors

James Maffie
response by Sara Castro-Klaren

Barbara Mundy
response by Marcy Norton

Nancy Farriss
response by Michael Swanton

Jaime Marroquín Arredondo
response by Alejandro Cañeque

welcome by John Hessler, moderated by Ralph Bauer

Location: The Mumford Room, Madison Bldg. (6th Floor) of the Library of Congress
Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 1-4 pm