On Saturday November 8, the Pennsylvania Historical Association held their Annual Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Center City Philadelphia. As a part of the Annual Meeting, undergraduate and graduate students from across the Mid-Atlantic presented research relating to the history of Pennsylvania. Spanning the spectrum from an analysis of German calligraphy to understanding the one room school house, the poster session had an eclectic yet stimulating mix of scholarship. By trading in sweatshirts for their finest threads, the student presenters proved that when history students are placed in the right circumstances they can look quite dapper.
On a more serious note, students elicited comments and questions from an informed audience. Scholars from across the state attended the poster session and took a genuine interest in the student’s work. The poster session gave students the opportunity to present themselves and their work to potential employers and advisers. However, perhaps the most valuable aspect of the poster session was the discussions that took place between the student presenters. Whether lamenting the difficulty of creating a poster for history (science has all those cool graphs) or discussing the intricacies of Ancestry, students were able to make connections with their peers.
Finally, yours truly was a presenter at the poster session and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I would like to thank the PHA and, specifically, Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward of Shippensburg University for running the session, making the atmosphere so collegial, and giving out free water bottles.