About Us!

Established in 1977, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) is an association of scholars dedicated to exploring the events and the meaning of United States history between 1776 and 1861.

Membership: Join or Renew!

SHEAR membership is open to all; most members are professional historians employed in colleges, universities, museums, and historical parks and agencies, as well as independent scholars and graduate students. 

Annual Meeting

The 39th annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic will return to its institutional home in Philadelphia from 20 to 23 July, 2017.

Pre-registration will open 1 May 2017.

Our Mission

SHEAR’s mission is to foster the study of the early republican period among professional historians, students, and the general public. It upholds the highest intellectual standards of the historical profession and encourages the broad diffusion of historical insights through all appropriate channels, including schools, museums, libraries, electronic media, public programming, archives, and publications.