Hundreds of historians from around the world will be in Omaha for the 2017 Missouri Valley History Conference sponsored and coordinated by the University of Nebraska – Omaha Department of History. Dr. Martina Saltamaccia is an assistant professor of history and the conference coordinator and says this the focus is on how the past is remembered.
Dr. Saltamaccia says the theme of this year’s conference is “Remembering and Being Remembered: Monuments, Memorials and Legacies”. That topic was chosen to encompass the multiple ways individual and societies remember their pasts and strive to be remembered. That includes centuries old monuments like Stonehenge to seconds old social media posts on Snapchat and Twitter. The speakers participating in the conference are regional but some are coming from Canada, Europe and Asia.
Several of the topics included in this conference include how memory is impacting the relationship between Muslim and Jewish citizens in Morocco to how inhabitants of Britain in the Roman and medieval period honored and mourned the loss of younger citizens.
The University of Nebraska – Omaha held their first Missouri Valley History Conference in 1958 so they are celebrating 60 years of sharing information that ranges from agriculture to World War I.
This conference is open to the public and will be held March 2nd through March 4th at the Magnolia Hotel in Omaha. There are also several lectures that are open to the public at no cost. The public is also invited to attend the entire conference for a fee and can find information by logging on to the MVHC website or at the Magnolia Hotel during the event.