Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, June 22-24, 2018

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Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Amherst, Massachusetts
June 22-24, 2018

Registration is now open.

The Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists (CQHA) will hold its next biennial conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on June 22-24, 2018. The conference will be followed by an optional post-conference bus tour to Quaker sites in Massachusetts and Rhode Island on June 24-26.

Program: Presentations at CQHA, organized into thematic sessions, address aspects of Quaker history across all time periods and locations. Sessions with specific relevance to this year’s conference site in New England look at Seagoing Friends, and at Atlantic Slavery and its Aftermath. A group of sessions related to maintaining, using, and preserving Quaker archives begin the conference at mid-day Friday, while a set of lightning talks enlivens the program on Saturday evening. The full CQHA program is available at, and click on the “2018 Program” tab.

Tour: Following the Amherst-based conference, an optional two-day bus tour based in Providence, Rhode Island will visit early Quaker sites in and around Newport, Rhode Island, and New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Highlights will include the 1699 “Great Meeting House” in Newport and the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, along with additional Quaker meeting houses, historic houses, and landmarks of early religious significance to the area. Participants (limit 40) will benefit from a generous contribution by the Friends Historical Association, which has significantly lowered transportation costs. Tour information is available at, and click on the “Post-Conference Tour” tab.

Logistics: The conference will be held at the UMass Amherst campus center with lodgings (hotel or dormitory) and meal service available on campus within easy walking distance. Amherst is accessible by air or train in combination with bus or shuttle service, as well as by car. In addition to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, and Hampshire College (three of the Five Colleges Consortium members), the town of Amherst is home to the Emily Dickinson House, the Eric Carle Museum, and the Yiddish Book Center. For the optional post-conference bus tour, a block of rooms has been reserved in Providence, Rhode Island (and see the “Post-Conference Tour” tab on our website for additional information).

Registration: Conference information is available at and please click on the “Registration” tab. You will be redirected to a set of pages hosted by UMass Amherst where you can register for the conference as well as the post-conference tour, book UMass dormitory housing, follow links to the Hotel UMass, and learn about travel to Amherst. Back at the CQHA website, see our program, FAQs, and post-conference tour information. Please don’t hesitate to contact the conference organizers at with any questions.

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