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Ohio Valley History Conference

Western Kentucky University, October 25-27, 2023


The 2023 Ohio Valley History Conference is fast approaching! We are looking forward to welcoming you all to campus and sharing in the tradition of the OVHC. The conference starts Wednesday October 25th with an opening reception at the Kentucky Museum, followed by Panel Sessions Thursday and Friday, and the Keynote address from Dr. Kendra Field on Thursday evening.

Click here for the complete conference schedule.

As you prepare for your visit to Bowling Green and to the Western Kentucky University campus, here are some links you might find helpful! Also, if you are presenting at or moderating one of the conference sessions, please read one of the notes below.

Note to presenters

Note to moderators

Helpful Links

Campus Maps: Campus Map | Western Kentucky University

Public Parking: 2023-2024 Public Parking Map

Visitor Parking: Visitors Parking | Western Kentucky University

The Kentucky Museum: Kentucky Museum

Public Transportation: Bowling Green, KY's Public Transportation Service



Registration closed October 2nd. Please contact Dr. Kathryn McClurkin (Kathryn.McClurkin@wku.edu) regarding registration concerns.


Location and Lodging

Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green, KY, just 70 minutes from Nashville International Airport. We have secured a block of rooms at the Hyatt Place near campus. Please follow the link to book the rooms at the discounted rate.

The block is held from October 25th-October 28th.

NOTE: The cut-off date for this rate was September 25th

The link below will take you to a PDF with further instructions and information.

OVHC Hotel Booking Information



The full conference schedule is available at the following link:

OVHC 2023 Schedule



The Western Kentucky University Department of History is pleased to welcome Dr. Kendra Feild to give the keynote address at the 2023 OVHC, titled "Stories and Silences: African American Family Histories after Emancipation." This event is free and open to the public. Join us in welcoming Dr. Feild to campus Thursday October 26th, from 7:30 pm-9:00 pm in the Gary Ransdell Hall auditorium.



Please address questions or concerns to Dr. Kathryn McClurkin at Kathryn.McClurkin@wku.edu.

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 Last Modified 10/18/23