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Live radio “BackStory” and sessions open to the public 4/18-22

MILWAUKEE – April 10, 2012 – More than 2,000 delegates from around the globe will convene at the Frontier Airlines Center from April 18-22 for the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the National Council on Public History (NCPH).

Milwaukee’s rich culture and history, and the state of Wisconsin’s recent political controversies, help set the stage for the theme of this year’s meeting, “Frontiers of Capitalism and Democracy.”

“The recent legislation passed by the Wisconsin Legislature limiting collective bargaining for its public employees will serve as a backdrop to talk about labor history in a city which is truly affected by it,” said Katherine Finley, Executive Director of the OAH.

The four-day meeting will include more than 150 sessions on historical topics, workshops, networking events and excursions into the city of Milwaukee. Sessions will present the latest work in public and environmental history, new media, military history, labor history, diplomatic history, teaching skills and more. A team of scholars from China will attend the meeting along with approximately 100 scholars of American history who live and work outside the United States.

The keynote on Saturday, April 21st takes a public turn in a live broadcast of “BackStory with the American History Guys,” a weekly public radio program and podcast that applies historical perspective to current events. The public is invited to watch and participate as historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, and Peter Onuf explore the history of alcohol and its role in capitalism, democracy, immigration and labor. Over the course of the show, the “Guys” are joined by fellow historians, people in the news and call-ins as they drill down to colonial times, revealing the connections between past and present. See:

Central to the mission of the OAH is engaging with the public in a wide discussion of history’s connection to current events. The public is invited to attend many of the meeting’s open sessions on topics such as current labor struggles and the history of labor in America, and the roles played by religion, corporate capitalism and democracy in the Twentieth Century.

For more information on the annual meeting, see:
And for the wide range of sessions that are free and open to the public, see:

VISIT Milwaukee estimates that the economic impact of the convention is $1,716,000.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has more than 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Tourism generated $2.5 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2010 and supported more than 61,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Frontier Airlines, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs. For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit

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