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Archives of Revolution: A Conference About How We Make the Past | 20-22 June 2024

As we approach a series of 250th anniversaries, the histories of the American Founding have never been more hotly contested.  In the United States, historians regard 2026 with some trepidation and a lot of determination to educate a wary public about the importance of evidence to the interpretation of the past. 

Upcoming Events



Roots of Building Culture in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1790s – 1850s

Brown Bag Session
Charlette Caldwell, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Feb 21, 2024 at - | Location: McNeil Center, Room 105/Zoom

Papers are circulated in advance. For copies, please contact the McNeil Center office. -- Charlette Caldwell is a doctoral candidate and provost diversity fellow studying the history and theory of architecture at…



The Holy Cause: Disestablishment and State-Building in Revolutionary New York

Friday Seminar
Sarah Barringer Gordon, Penn Carey Law
Feb 23, 2024 at - | Location: McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk /Zoom

Sarah Barringer Gordon is Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History, Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. She is well known for her work on religion in American…



Losing "the Mind" in Translation: Cognitive Science in Haudenosaunee Origin Stories

Friday Seminar
Ittai Orr, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Mar 1, 2024 at - | Location: McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk /Zoom

Ittai Orr is an assistant professor of English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature with an emphasis on early Native American…

About the McNeil Center

Established as the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies in 1978, and renamed in honor of its benefactor Robert L. McNeil, Jr., in 1998, the McNeil Center facilitates scholarly inquiry into the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850, with a particular but by no means exclusive emphasis on the mid-Atlantic region.