Don’t Miss These Evening Events at the 2024 AASLH Annual Conference

Connect with others in the national history community at the evening events at this year’s AASLH Annual Conference in Mobile, Alabama! These events give you the opportunity to see and explore some of the unique history organizations in Mobile.

Registration for the AASLH Annual Conference will open later this month. Note that these events are not included in the conference registration fee and require preregistration.

Wednesday, September 11
USS Alabama
AASLH is kicking the 2024 Annual Conference off with a bang at the historic USS Alabama. Gather in the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion, home of the site’s extensive aircraft collection, historic vehicles, and war artifacts for hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Explore the USS Alabama who began her World War II adventures in the North Atlantic in 1943, then later that year, went to the South Pacific seas. She ended up in Mobile, Alabama as a National Historic Landmark and memorial to millions. Also climb in the USS Drum (SS-228), the National Historic Landmark WWII submarine, sitting in her cradle beside Mobile Bay. The Drum is the oldest American submarine on public display. You will enjoy exploring the historical treasure while you catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Thursday, September 12
Welcome to Mobile!
Celebrate the rich history of the home of Mardi Gras with visits to the History Museum of Mobile and the Mobile Carnival Museum. The evening will begin at the History Museum of Mobile, just a five-minute walk from the convention center and host hotel. Explore their galleries and museum story while snacking on hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Then, the party will move about a half-mile down Government Street to the museum that is all about the spirit of Mardi Gras. You can enjoy dessert and a coffee bar while learning about the history of Mardi Gras in Mobile. It is an easy walk between the two museums, but a shuttle will be available for anyone who chooses not to go on foot.

Friday, September 13
Historians Take Over the Renaissance
This year, AASLH is arranging an afterhours event at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, the host hotel for this year’s conference. This informal event will include card and role-playing games, snacks, conversation, and karaoke. There will also be a new activity where you have two minutes to tell a story about “Doing History” (it must be true). More details will be revealed closer to the event.