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History in Community Conference

Conference | May 12-13, 2022 -- The Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University
Online Workshops | May 11 and 14, 2022

Schedule At-A-Glance |
Detailed Conference Program

Hosted by the Stanford Historical Society and the Stanford University Archives (Stanford Libraries), History in Community is a two-day conference with the goal of engaging Bay Area communities on the subjects of community history and historical preservation. It will provide opportunities for community members and organizations to broaden their knowledge of community history projects, reflect on the unique challenges of documenting local histories, and learn from each other during presentations and informal exchanges.

Featuring practitioners from Stanford and Bay Area partner organizations, the conference will include a plenary session, concurrent panels, and historical preservation tours and demonstrations.

Separately, several pre- and post-conference online workshops on archiving and oral history are also available for registration.

The conference and the additional online workshops are made possible in part by a grant from the County of Santa Clara’s Historic Grant Program.

NOTE: If you need a disability-related accommodation or have related questions, please contact the Stanford Historical Society by email: historicalsociety@stanford.edu. Requests need to be made by April 30, 2022.


We recognize that Stanford sits on the ancestral land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. Consistent with our values of community and inclusion, we have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples. (Acknowledgement and Resources)

May 12 (In-person) | Community History Roundtable: Gathering, Preserving, and Telling the Untold Stories of Santa Clara County and Beyond

May 13 (In-person) | Architectural Conservation Workshops: Artisanship in Masonry, Glass, Concrete and Terracotta

(Online) Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops on Archiving and Oral History