Coronavirus Message from SHEAR President Doug Egerton

Centre Square Philadelphia, published by S. C. Atkinson for the Casket.

Dear SHEAR friends:

As the coronavirus continues to cause health concerns around the globe and to dramatically reorder our lives, I am writing to keep you informed of the status of our July conference.

As of today, we are very much hoping that our mid-summer conference will proceed as scheduled.  Yet given the possibility that our situation may grow worse, or at least not lessen considerably by July, please know that our organization’s leadership is discussing contingency plans and paying close attention as events continue to rapidly unfold. Despite these challenges, however, this year’s program committee has finalized an outstanding program with a wide variety of panels that should appeal to our entire membership, and to historians and educators from all levels.

To that end, we have moved the pre-registration opening date to June 1. If significant changes in current conditions cause the presidents and Council to cancel the conference, SHEAR will refund all registration fees.

We will post further announcements as news continues to develop. In the meantime, let us hope for the best and that we will be able to see one another in Philadelphia for our forty-second meeting this July!

Stay safe and well, 

Douglas R. Egerton

President, SHEAR