As Cathy said on a previous blog, NCPH's upcoming meeting in Providence will be the largest gathering of public historians ever. Anywhere. Anytime. Period. 525 public history professionals and students will be heading to Providence for what promises to be another awesome NCPH meeting. I'm very excited to see the names of so many first-time attendees, and hope they will all enjoy the conference as much as I do every year, participate in the sessions and activities, and maybe add their voice to our conference blog as well. I'll get to meet some of the new folks at the Speed Networking session set up by our program committee, arranging fast-moving face to face dialogue between veteran - I've learned never to say "old" - public historians and those new to the field. I hope these mini informational interviews will give participants an inkling of the great variety of roles filled by public historians. The conference will have great sessions, fabulous tours in and around Providence, fascinating plenary speakers, and probably more than a little fun, including the NCPH endowment fundraiser, always the best party in town. My favorite part of this year's conference is that there will be no presidential address in 2009, which is a really good thing because I won't have to give it! Better get working on that for next year - meanwhile, see you in Providence!
Marianne Babal, NCPH President