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2020 Annual Meeting: Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Situation

Dear SHFG Members and Annual Meeting Panelists: 

After much consideration, the SHFG leadership has decided to cancel our meeting scheduled for this weekend, March 13-14, 2020, at the Byrd Center. In light of the Covid-19 situation, and with many federal offices on do-not-travel orders, we do not want to risk anyone contracting an illness. And at this stage, this would be a shell of a conference. 

We will be holding the 2021 annual meeting March 5-6, 2021, at the Byrd Center in Shepherdstown. If you had a panel accepted for 2020, we will plan on including you in the 2021 program. More details to follow.   


If you have a room at the Clarion, please call and cancel as soon as possible. They have a 24- hour cancellation policy, so no fees will be assessed. 

If you booked outside of the SHFG room block for the Bavarian Inn, please call and cancel. If you were within the SHFG room block, the rooms have been automatically cancelled. 

Conference Fees

If your office or agency paid your conference fees and you require a refund, please fill out this google form

If you self-paid the conference fees, we can provide a refund. Or we can roll the fees into next year’s conference. Please fill out this google form. Please email with any questions or refund concerns. 

Again, we are disappointed to have to cancel our 2020 annual meeting. Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation. 


SHFG Program Committee  

2020 SHFG-OHMAR JOINT Annual Meeting

Stories from the Heart of Government:
Politics and History

MARCH 13-14

The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) will hold a joint annual meeting with the Oral History in the MidAtlantic Region (OHMAR) on March 13-14, 2020, at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education at Shepherdstown, WV.

The 2020 Annual Meeting continues the Society’s 40th Anniversary commemoration.


SHFG Members: $85
Non-Members: $135
SHFG Student Members: $40
Non-Member Students: $45

Registration for tours and extra events will open soon! 

Accommodations in Shepherdstown

We have room blocks reserved at the Bavarian Inn  and the Clarion Hotel at special SHFG rates. Please call to reserve rooms at the group rate as soon as possible. 

Clarion Hotel telephone: 304-876-7000.
The Bavarian Inn rooms are available at the SHFG rate until February 13. The group number is 12315 & telephone 304-876-2551.

Conference Schedule

(Click here for full program)

Friday, March 13

8:30 a.m. OHMAR Registration opens 

9 to 10:30 a.m.  Session 1 

10 a.m.  Tour: National Conservation Training Center Collection

11 to 1 p.m.  OHMAR Awards Luncheon 

12:30 p.m.  SHFG Registration Opens 

1:15 to 2:45 p.m.  Session 2

3 to 4:30 p.m.  Session 3

5 to 6 p.m.  Walking Tour: Downtown Shepherdstown

6 to 7 p.m. Open House: Conrad Shindler House 

Saturday, March 14

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.  Registration & Light Breakfast 

9 to 10:30 a.m. Session 4

10:45 to 12:15 p.m. Session 5

12:15 to 2 p.m. Lunch Break 
SHFG Business Meeting 

2:15 to 3:45 p.m.  Session 6

4 to 5:30 p.m. SHFG Awards Ceremony & Trask Lecture 

6 to 8 p.m. Closing Reception, Bavarian Inn


Friday, March 13
10 a.m. to noon 
Tour the collection of the National Conservation Training Center, with an optional lunch on site. 

Limited to 20 people 

Walking Tour: Downtown Shepherdstown  
Friday, March 13
5 to 6 p.m.
Please RSVP as space is limited. 

Open House
Conrad Shindler House
Friday, March 13
6 to 7 p.m. 

Please RSVP as space is limited.

Closing Reception 
Bavarian Inn
Saturday, March 14, 6 to 8 p.m.

OHMAR Reception RSVPs


Society for History in the Federal Government
PO BOX 14139
Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044

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