Publication Date

September 4, 2018

Perspectives Section

AHA Annual Meeting

The 133rd annual meeting of the American Historical Association will be held January 3–6, 2019, in Chicago. The online program will be posted on the AHA website in mid-September, and members can look forward to receiving the printed program in mid-November. A meeting app will also be available for smartphones and tablets. Annual meeting sessions and events are scheduled at the Hilton Chicago and the Palmer House Hilton. Free bus transportation will connect the meeting hotels.

Preregistration begins in mid-September. The lower preregistration rates will be in effect through December 14; after that, the higher on-site rates apply. Registration will be available online from September 12 until the end of the meeting, and in person beginning at 11:00 a.m. January 3 at the Hilton Chicago’s Stevens B.

Admission to the Exhibit Hall and Job Center requires a 2019 meeting registration badge.

Hotel reservations: Attendees will make hotel reservations for both standard rooms and suites though the AHA’s housing service, Experient. See the AHA’s website for detailed information. Reservations can be made online or by calling a toll-free number. AHA rates are available three days before and after the meeting dates, depending on the number of rooms available.

The last day to make or change reservations through the housing service is December 11, 2018. After that date, rooms will be available at the AHA’s convention rates on a space-available basis, and all reservations, changes, and cancellations must be made directly with the hotels. Hotel no-show policies will apply for reservations not canceled at least 72 hours before the first night’s stay.

Hotel and Rate Information

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave. (headquarters)

Single: $129
Double: $129
Triple: $154
Quadruple: $179

Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St. (co-headquarters)

Single: $129
Double: $129
Triple: $154
Quadruple: $179

Rates are subject to hotel occupancy tax and will be honored three days before and three days after the official meeting dates of January 3—6 based on availability. Free bus transportation will connect the meeting hotels. Information on booking a room at the discounted rate is available at

Transportation information will be available online at and in the annual meeting program.

Group meetings and reunions: Societies and groups that have not already made arrangements to hold receptions or other meetings should send requests for room space as soon as possible to

Resolutions for the business meeting must be submitted to the executive director by November 1, 2018, to allow time for publication. They must be in proper parliamentary form; must be signed by at least 100 members of the Association in good standing; must not be more than 300 words in length, including any introductory material; and must deal with a matter of concern to the Association, to the discipline of history, or to the academic profession. Resolutions submitted by the deadline, and meeting the criteria for consideration, will be published in the December 2018 issue of Perspectives on History. For complete information about business resolutions, please consult the AHA Bylaws at

Refund policy: Advance registrants who are unable to attend the meeting may request a refund of their registration fee. Refund requests must be emailed to by December 14, 2018, and will incur a $20 fee. Refunds will not be processed after that date.

ASL Intepretation at the 2019 Annual Meeting

The AHA offers complimentary sign-interpreting service upon request to our attendees. Please notify the AHA of the sessions you plan to attend and register for the meeting by Dec. 1, 2018. This service is also available upon request for the Presidential Address and Business Meeting. Requests should be submitted to ( by Dec. 1, 2018.

Dates and Deadlines

September 12 Preregistration opens.

September 12 Housing opens.

September 30 Deadline to submit membership dues and address changes in order to receive the program in the mail.

October 15 Interviewing institutions can download Job Center reservation forms.

November 1 Program mailed to members.

December 11 Last day to make hotel reservations through the housing service. Subsequent reservations taken on a space-available basis at the convention rate.

December 14 Last day for preregistration pricing.

December 14 Deadline to submit registration and Job Center refund requests.

January 3, 2019 Annual meeting opens at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton.

Meeting Registration

Take advantage of reduced rates by preregistering for the conference. Make sure your membership is up to date so you can enjoy member pricing at each level. Register online at


Preregistration (Member): $179
After Dec. 14 (Member): $215
Preregistration (Non-Member): $291
After Dec. 14 (Non-Member): $349


Preregistration (Member): $179
After Dec. 14 (Member): $215
Preregistration (Non-Member): $179
After Dec. 14 (Non-Member): $215


Preregistration (Member): $82
After Dec. 14 (Member): $99
Preregistration (Non-Member): $125
After Dec. 14 (Non-Member): $151

Unemployed/Underemployed/Job Candidate

Preregistration (Member): $50
After Dec. 14 (Member): $60
Preregistration (Non-Member): $137
After Dec. 14 (Non-Member): $164


Preregistration (Member): $85
After Dec. 14 (Member): $103
Preregistration (Non-Member): $145
After Dec. 14 (Non-Member): $176

K-12 Teacher

Preregistration (Member): $50
After Dec. 14 (Member): $60
Preregistration (Non-Member): $114
After Dec. 14 (Non-Member): $120

Bring your Graduate/Undergraduate/K-12 student discount

For members only. Member rate plus $10 per student ($20 onsite). Bring as many high school, undergraduate, and pre-candidacy graduate students as you want for only $10 each!

Advance registration must be completed by midnight EST on December 14, 2018. Thereafter, onsite rates will apply. Everyone attending the meeting is expected to register. Admission to the Exhibit Hall and Job Center requires a registration badge. Special note for speakers: All US-based historians presenting on AHA sessions must be AHA members, and all participants must register.

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