Shippensburg – The 85th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Historical Association will be held Oct. 6-8 on the Shippensburg University campus and at the SU Conference Center. This year’s conference theme is “Business, Technology, and the Environment” and the event will feature more than seventy-five speakers covering topics ranging from the colonial era to the present day. “This is the first time Shippensburg has hosted the PHA conference,” said Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward, associate professor of history at Shippensburg University and vice president of the Pennsylvania Historical Association. “We are so excited to welcome more than a hundred academics, public historians, and students from all over the state, nation, and abroad to Central Pennsylvania.”

The conference opens with a free, public-oriented reception and event at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 in the Tuscarora Room of Reisner Dining Hall on the Shippensburg University campus. The session will feature the documentary film Mira Lloyd Dock: A Beautiful Crusade about a prominent Harrisburg conservationist who became the first women in Pennsylvania to hold a state office when she was appointed in 1901 to the State Forest Reservation Commission.  A discussion with Dock biographer Dr. Susan Rimby, Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and WITF Public Media producer Heather Woolridge will follow the film.

On Friday and Saturday, the conference will feature a wide variety of sessions held at the SU Conference Center, 500 Newburg Rd. in Shippensburg, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour and dinner speaker at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle.  The full conference program is available at http://pa-history.org/meetings/conference_info.html. Registration is required for events on Friday and Saturday

The Pennsylvania Historical Association advocates and advances knowledge about the history and culture of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region, because understanding how the past informs the present helps us shape a better future.

Media Contact: Allen Dieterich-Ward, 717-477-1192; ajdietrichward@ship.edu