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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 Today!

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

Thirty-eighth Annual Meeting 21-24 JULY 2016, New Haven, CT. The 38th annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic is scheduled to be held July 21-24, 2016 in New Haven. The meeting will be held at the Omni New Haven.

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.