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Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists [2016: Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Selly Oak, Birmingham, UK]: Past Conferences

Call for papers, program and registration information, and guidelines for presenters for the upcoming Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists.

2014 CQHA Program

Monday, June 16, 2014

Session I: 3:30 pm-5:30 pm - You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania
• Universal Free Grace Denied: George Keith, Benjamin Furly, and the Founding of Pennsylvania -- Geoffrey Plank, University of East Anglia
• Building upon Restraint: William Penn, Community, and Pennsylvania’s Security Culture -- Patrick Cecil, The University of Alabama
• The Authorship of “An Earnest Address” and Why It Matters -- David Crosby, Independent Researcher
• Friendly Fire: Free Quakers and the Politics of Citizenship and Belief in the Early American Republic -- Spencer Wells, The College of William and Mary
Moderator: Susan Garfinkel

Session II: 7:30 pm-9:00 pm - Innovative Approaches in Quaker Studies
• The Strange Career of Benjamin Lay: Disabled Quaker Abolitionist -- Nate Kogan, University of Texas at Arlington
• 7,459 Miles in the Name of the Lord: Traveling Ministers and the Possibilities of Digital Scholarship for Quaker Historians -- Kathryn Falvo, The Pennsylvania State University
• Threads of Useful Learning: Quaker Education through the Eye of a Needle -- Mary Brooks, Westtown School
Moderator: John Anderies

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Session III: 9:00 am-10:30 am (concurrent with Session IV) - Quaker Religious Movements on the Wane
• “Failure to Thrive”: The Decline of Hicksite Quakerism West of the Appalachians, 1827-1900 -- Tom Hamm, Earlham College
• The Decline of “Western Quakerism” in Eastern North America -- Greg Hinshaw, Independent Researcher
• Personalist Renewal in 20th-Century Liberal Quakerism and at Pendle Hill -- Doug Gwyn, Pendle Hill
Moderator: Betsy Cazden

Session IV: 9:00 am-10:30 am (concurrent with Session III) - Religion, Education, and Reform Through the Lense of Biography
• Five Generations of Wilburites … or Six?: Finley Perry and the continuity of “The Smaller Body” in New England -- Frederick Martin, Independent Researcher
• John Jackson and Rachel Jackson: On Education, Peace, and Religious Reform -- Ellen Ross, Swarthmore College
• Medicine, Religion, and Social Activism: The Life of Dr. Virginia M. Alexander, A Forgotten Black Quaker -- Vanessa Northington Gamble, The George Washington University
Moderator: Chris Densmore

Session V: 11:00 am-12:00 pm (concurrent with Session VI) - African Americans and Quaker Community in the 19th Century
• The Clocks of Peter Hill: Production and Patronage in a Quaker Community, 1780-1820 -- Lynne Calamia, The Pennsylvania State University
• The Life of Moses Small of Maryland (1790 – 1861): The Earliest Documented African-American Student at a Friends’ School -- Peter Curtis and Douglas P. McElrath, University of Maryland at College Park
Moderator: Mary Brooks

Session VI: 11:00 am-12:00 pm (concurrent with Session V) - Open Space for Unplanned Meetings and Collaboration

Session VII: 1:30 pm-2:30 pm (concurrent with Session VIII) - Quakerism and the Political Right
• “Learn to Listen Courteously to Each Other”: Quaker Decision-Making in the McCarthy Era -- Allison Hepler, University of Maine at Farmington
• The Quaker Republicans:  Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon and the Weighty Quakers in the Republican Party -- Isaac May, University of Virginia
Moderator: Tom Hamm

Session VIII: 1:30 pm-2:30 pm (concurrent with Session VII) - Finding Friends in the Archives
• Still, Small Voices: Uncovering Quaker Collections at Small Archives -- Celia Caust-Ellenbogen, Historical Society of Pennsylvania
• Walking the Walk: Preserving an Historical Association’s Materials -- Mary Crauderueff, Organize. Preserve. Simplify!
Moderator: Gwen Gosney Erickson

Session IX: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm (concurrent with Session X) - Borders and Crossings: 17th Century Quakers in Britain and Holland
• ‘Lamentation over England’: Morgan Watkins (-c.1675), Polemics and Restoration Quakerism on the English Borders -- Erica Canela, University of South Wales
• Going Dutch: The Travels of the First Quakers in the Netherlands in 1655 -- Stephen Wright, Independent Researcher
Moderator: Ann Upton

Session X: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm (concurrent with Session IX) - Issues of Land Use on the American Frontier
• Quaker Naturalists and the Roots of Agricultural Reform in the Greater Antebellum Trans-Appalachian West -- John Henris, Kent State University
• 'a difference of opinion...has arisen between us': The Society of Friends and the Civilization Fund of 1819 -- Lori Daggar, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Kevin Gallagher

Session XI: 4:30 pm-6:00 pm - Book and Project Lightning Talks
• Stephen Angell, Earlham School of Religion
• David Crosby, Independent Researcher
• Gordon Davies and Betsy Brinson, Independent Researchers
• Kaye Edwards, Haverford College
• Chuck Fager, Independent Researcher
• Joy Totah Hilden, Independent Researcher
• Geoffrey Plank, University of East Anglia
• Philip Valenti, Independent Researcher
Moderators: John Anderies and Susan Garfinkel

Session XII: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm - Examining "Quaker Values in Action"
• With Bread in Both Hands: American Quakers in Post-WWI Germany -- Guy Aiken, University of Virginia
• Quaker Relief and Rehabilitation during the Bengal Famine, 1942-1945 -- Steven Baumann, Brooklyn College
• Beulah Hurley Waring: A Friend to Those in Need -- Diana Peterson, Independent Researcher
• The American Friends Service Committee and the Black Power Movement: Reconciling Quaker Activism with Grassroots Empowerment -- Tracy K'Meyer, University of Louisville
Moderator: Robynne Rogers Healey

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Session XIII:  9:00 am-10:00 am - Update on Digitization of Quaker Records
• Roundtable discussion with Chris Densmore, Gwen Erickson, Tom Hamm, Pat O'Donnell, and Ann Upton.
Moderator: John Anderies

Closing Session: 10:00 am-11:15 am - CQHA Business Meeting (all invited and encouraged to attend)
Convenor: Robynne Rogers Healey

2012 (Pickering College, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada)

2012 CQHA Sessions



Session I: 7:30 – 9:00 pm

"Changing the Usual Harmful Patriotism": Quakers, the Civil War, and the Reinterpretation of American History – Aaron Jerviss, University of Tennessee

Reconciling Approaches to Non-Violence and Apartheid: Pacifist Conflict between Southern African Quakers and the AFSC in the 1970s and 1980s – Robynne Rogers Healey, Trinity Western University, British Columbia

"Academic Barnstorming": The AFSC’s Visiting Lectureship Program and New Approaches to Postwar Interracial Activism –  Allan W. Austin, Misericordia University




Session II: 9:00 – 10:30 am

The Brothers' Grim Reality: Confronting Slavery, Family, and Masculinity in Revolutionary America – Bill Leon Smith, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.

"The Punishment of a Few" for the "Preservation of Multitudes": Capital Punishment, Penal Reform, and Social Order in late Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia – Gabriele Gottlieb, Grand Valley State University, Mich.

The 1755 "Crisis of Conscience" Reconsidered: A View from Rhode Island – Betsy Cazden, Independent Researcher, Rhode Island


Session III: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm (concurrent sessions)

Mazo de la Roche (1879-1961) – Sandra McCann Fuller, Independent Researcher, Ontario

Who am I? Exploring Quaker Identity in Children's Literature – Mary Crauderueff, Independent Researcher, Pennsylvania


Session IV: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm (concurrent sessions)

Varieties of Interpretation of Francis Howgill's Works: Apocalypse, Light and Convincement in Tension – Frederick Martin, Andover-Newton Theological School, Massachusetts

Beyond Liberalism: Rufus Jones and Thomas Kelly – Guy Aiken, University of Virginia


Session V: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

The Progressionists of Battle Creek, Michigan: The Impact of Hicksite Quakers on a 19th-Century Midwestern Town – Brian C. Wilson, Western Michigan University

"Being Firmly Persuaded that Barclay Hath Erred"; or, Samuel Wetherill's Free Quaker Theology – Susan Garfinkel, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

A New Look at Progressive Friends, Founders and shapers of Liberal Quakerism – Chuck Fager, Quaker House, Fayetteville, North Carolina


Session VI:  3:30 – 5:00 pm

Quaker Collection at Ancestry – Lisa Arnold and Eric Horne,, Utah

The Canadian Quaker Register/Directory of Built Heritage – Ian Woods, Built Heritage of the Canadian Friends Historical Association, Ontario


Session VII: 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Sharon Temple


Future planning:

2016 is scheduled at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, England.