Resources and Guides

Be Prepared

Making Your Case

How do you present your case when applying for departmental funding or paid leave to come to the meeting? Here's some advice.

Speaker Resources

Giving a paper? These resources include crucial information about deadlines, time limits, and making presentations accessible.

Poster Presenter Resources

Presenting a poster? Highlights from these resources include reflections from past presenters and tips on effective poster design.

AHA Guide to Lightning Rounds

The annual meeting lightning round lineup now includes sessions on digital history projects, dissertations, and the research of early career scholars. This guide gives background on the format and tips for crafting an engaging lightning round presentation.

Annual Meeting Funding

To help graduate students and early career historians attend the annual meeting, the AHA offers several grants and fellowships to assist with childcare and travel costs.

First-time Attendee Guide

If it's your first time at the meeting, welcome! Navigating so many sessions and events can be daunting at first; here are a few tips for making the most of your experience.

Press at the AHA Annual Meeting

Guidelines for members of the press attending and reporting on the annual meeting.

Getting around DC

Hotels and Travel

Details about the meeting hotels are now available. Learn more and get ready to register and book your room on September 13!

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Detailed information about hotel and meeting room accommodations for attendees with disabilities.

Transportation in Washington DC

Essential details about air and ground transportation to DC, as well as tips for using public transit, key information on safety, and other practical tidbits.

Tours of DC

The Local Arrangements Committee has organized 12 tours highlighting the historical resources of Washington, DC. Participants will have a unique opportunity to take these tours with their fellow historians.

Plan Your Schedule

Resources for Undergraduates Attending the Annual Meeting

We are compiling a number of resources to help undergraduates in all aspects of attending the meeting, from getting to the meeting and travelling while here to specific sessions and programs that might be of interest. Check these pages in the coming months for more resources and guides to help undergraduates get the most out of the annual meeting.

Professional Development and Career Diversity at AHA18

The annual meeting is rich with opportunities to hone your job search skills, expand your professional network and learn more about the many career options available to historians. Whatever the stage of your career search, and whether you are interested in jobs within or beyond the academy (or both), there is a workshop, panel session, or networking event for you at AHA18.

Teaching and Learning at AHA18

The AHA is committed to making resources available to educators at all levels and at every stage of their careers. That’s why the annual meeting’s teaching and learning program offers dozens of workshops, networking opportunities, and sessions to keep historians engaged with new and innovative teaching tools and scholarship.

Digital History at the Annual Meeting

Annual meeting attendees will have access to a wide range of workshops, panels, and events focused on digital approaches to all aspects of historical scholarship. Whether you think of yourself as a "digital historian" or someone who just wants to find out more about what digital tools do, there is something for you among the offerings at the annual meeting.

Call for Abstracts! 2018 Lightning Rounds

This year, the AHA18 annual meeting will feature three lightning rounds: the Dissertation Lightning Round, the Early Career Lightning Round, and the Digital Projects Lightning Round. Now accepting submissions!


Watch for more resources and guides throughout the fall as the 2018 meeting approaches.