Annual Meeting


HES 2020 Survey Results

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Survey Results

Survey results reveal two-thirds (62%) of polled members would like to proceed with a conference, with more than half indicating interest in a virtual conference.

HES is Going Virtual for its Annual Conference and Meeting

The theme for this year’s conference—“Give More Power to the People”—is so fitting for this uncertain moment and the empowerment and innovations arising from everyday people due to the COVID-19 virus.  The energy and determination at last week’s town hall meeting reinforces this consideration.  Our community spoke and asked for an opportunity to continue our rich and historic tradition of scholarship, mentorship, and critical reflective thought and action at this year’s annual meeting, even if it meant conducting our business in a completely new venue and environment.  We welcome the challenge and envision a virtual conference that will allow participants an opportunity to present their research in ways similar to our traditional in-place environment, host forums and workshops, and engage one another in interactive sessions.  Over the next few weeks, my team—Francena Turner, Nathan Tanner, and myself—hope to hear from you about this year’s conference.  We will also be reaching out to membership requesting assistance, from helping us brainstorm engaging ideas tied to this year’s theme, to serving as proposal reviewers, program planners, chairs/discussants, and session creators/hosts.

To ensure a robust conference, the proposal submission deadline has been extended until June 1, 2020.  To submit a proposal, please click here.  We are in the process of updating all communications to reflect this new deadline, but if you happen to find one we missed, please don’t hesitate to contact us so we can adjust. 

We are still in conversation with the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) and are hoping that their membership will still engage with us to the fullest extent in the conference.  I will keep you abreast of any developments on this front.

As vice-president for HES and program chair for this year’s annual conference, the 60th anniversary of the Society, I am beyond excited about developing this new venture for our Society.  I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes from the late great Nelson Mandela, who said, “It all seems impossible, until it is done.”  Let’s turn an impossible situation into one that is beyond memorable and productive.

I look forward to working with you to ensure this conference is not only a success but a testament to willpower and collective intelligence of our organization and community. 

Stay healthy, stay safe, stay positive.


Registration and Conference Hotel Information

If you have any questions about conference registration please contact If you have questions about the program, please contact Dr. Christopher Span at

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Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups (akin to special interest groups) were organized at the 2017 annual meeting in Little Rock. A list of the groups, names of the group chairs and contact information for each may be found HERE.

2020 Conference Program

Coming Soon!