June 8, 2020
These past few months have been a great challenge. The continuing pandemic has caused closures and cancellations. In March, the Louisiana Historical Association decided to postpone its annual convention only days before Governor John Bell Edwards issued a stay-at-home order. The re-scheduled convention was to happen in September.
The Executive Committee of the board met this past week and following serious deliberation decided to cancel an in-person convention for 2020. In its place, on-line panels will be launched this fall and continue into the spring leading up to an expanded in-person program for the March 2021 annual meeting. We believe that this difficult decision is the right thing to do.
The health and safety of our members is the highest priority. As the Association began preparations for the September gathering, we realized that decisions would have to be made now without clear insight into what conditions might be in three months.
The Association has not and will not lose any of its funds by this cancellation. Our hotel partner and others have proven very understanding and most helpful. Going forward would have meant commitments that might prove very costly if attendance was down or a second last-minute cancellation became necessary.
We are inviting you to watch our website lahistory.org for additional information on our coming on-line presentations. These panels will feature outstanding scholars that you have come to expect from the Association. We hope these panels will reach the widest audience and expand our membership. The March 2021 meeting in Alexandria, Louisiana will be in-person and feature two presidential addresses and an expanded program. We hope you will join us for the on-line panels in the fall and spring leading up to a bigger meeting program in March.
With kindest regards for the best health and safety for you and your loved ones,
Elaine Thompson, President 2019-2020
Henry O. Robertson, President 2020-2021