The Association’s 119th annual meeting was held in Seattle from January 6–9, 2005, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, the Sheraton Seattle, and the Westin Seattle. Many of the profession’s most distinguished members were present to deliver papers and over 800 scholars, including 71 foreign scholars, participated in the three-and-one-half day meeting. In addition, more than four dozen specialized societies met in conjunction with the AHA. Each society held its own sessions, luncheons, and/or meetings, as well as joint sessions with the Association. Jonathan Spence of Yale University delivered the presidential address on the evening of January 7, and recipients of the 2004 book awards, honorary foreign membership, the Awards for Scholarly Distinction, the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award, the Beveridge Family Teaching Prize, the John O’Connor Film Award, and the Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award were announced.