Dear SHEAR friends:

Following a lengthy discussion with the Advisory Council and the Executive Board, we have reluctantly decided to postpone this summer’s conference until July 15-18, 2021. As we would have this year, we will be meeting in Philadelphia, and the wonderful program devised for this July will be fully rescheduled in 2021. We hope that all of the panelists who would have presented this summer can do so then. This year’s book prizes will be announced later this summer but awarded in 2021.

After that, we will be heading south, and in the summer of 2022, we will convene at the New Orleans InterContinental on July 21-24.

To keep our spirits up, we plan to virtually conduct two special panels that are particularly timely this summer, as well as several other special events to be announced shortly. In the meantime, please stay safe and well, and I look forward to seeing you all in July 2021 in Philadelphia.

Best wishes,

Douglas R. Egerton, SHEAR President, 2019-20

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

42nd annual meeting will convene in Philadelphia 15-18 July 2021.

43rd Annual meeting will convene in New Orleans 21-24 July 2022

$40-for-40-Years Campaign

The $40-for-40-Years Campaign asks simply that each member donate $40 in honor of our fortieth anniversary meeting, which was held in summer 2018 in Cleveland.

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.