National Park Service Seeking Proposals for Presentations at the National Road Bicentennial Symposium

While this is not a maritime focused symposium, CAMM members may find the US transportation history thread of interest.

Logo: National Road Bicentennial SymposiumThe National Park Service at Friendship Hill National Historic Site and Fort Necessity National Battlefield, in partnership with Washington & Jefferson College and the National Road Heritage Corridor, seeks proposals for presentations at the  National Road Bicentennial Symposium, which is to be held Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. 2018 marks the bicentennial of the opening of the Eastern Legacy portion of the National (or Cumberland) Road from Cumberland, Maryland, to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia). To commemorate this important milestone and to recognize the National Road’s significance and legacy, this symposium will look beyond the National Road to examine the larger role of internal improvements and transportation in United States history.

The keynote presentation will be given by Dr. John Lauritz Larson, author of Internal Improvement: National Public Works and the Promise of Popular Government in the Early United States and The Market Revolution in America. The symposium will also feature a special presentation by Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin, President Thomas Jefferson, and President James Madison, portrayed by Ronald Duquette, Tom Pitz, and Kyle Jenks, respectively.

Academic and public historians, graduate and undergraduate students, and independent scholars are invited to submit proposals for presentations or papers focused on the National Road, internal improvements, and United States transportation history. Alternate session formats, including roundtable discussions, film viewings, and hands-on programs, will also be considered. The proposals should include a 250- to 500-word abstract for the presentation and a CV/résumé.

Authors of books on related topics may submit a request to hold a book signing during the symposium.

Please send all submissions to

Deadline for submission of proposals: July 31, 2018

For more information, visit or call 724-329-2501.

Courtesy of the National Park Service.


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