2023 RAHS Conference – The Way Ahead: Local and Community Histories for our Future

Bookings have now opened for the 2023 RAHS Conference in Wagga Wagga, with early-bird prices available until 15 September. The conference will be held on 21–22 October at Wagga RSL Club.

The City of Wagga Wagga is the perfect location to explore the conference theme – The Way Ahead: Local and Community Histories for our Future. Today the people who call Wagga Wagga home reflect its rich and diverse history. The commitment to remembering and honouring this history, both now and for future generations, can be seen with the launch of the redeveloped Museum of the Riverina. The museum is dedicated to telling stories about the people and events that helped shape the City of Wagga Wagga and the Riverina Region.

‘Participants in a conference themed The Way Ahead come with hopes of pondering the ways ahead for their work and that of their historical societies’, writes Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Pennay OAM, who will present the Lesley Muir keynote address. Professor Pennay will use his address to showcase how Albury-Wodonga historical societies are meeting the challenge of delivering local and community histories for the future.

The Conference program features sessions on using oral histories in your research and the digitisation of community archives. There will also be sessions showcasing local stories from the Riverina and a panel discussion of museum curators and experts.

As always, the Conference will feature opportunities to network with RAHS members and friends, including during the Welcome Reception hosted by the Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society on Friday, 20 October, at the Historic Council Chambers. Delegates will also be able to experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the redeveloped Museum of the Riverina on Saturday afternoon.

Check out the 2023 RAHS Conference website to explore the program and all that Wagga Wagga has to offer, including its museums, galleries and gardens.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference!

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