Holy Cross History Association, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
I've written about the great resources of the Association previously (here).
The conference was great on many levels: I met some really nice people, heard some really interesting lectures, got to give one of my own, and got to experience New Orleans for the first time.
I've provided a synopsis of the lectures below.
As I have explained before, one of the great resources of the Association is that the papers given at the conferences are available for a nominal cost ($1.00). I encourage you to browse through the list here (through 2011). You may find something that intersects with you own historical interests!
This years papers included:
"Effects of Katrina on Marianites' Property and Ministries" - Sr. Clarita Bourque, MSC
"Edmundus" - Br. John Doran, CSC
Holy Cross in Acadia: What You Can Do With Eight Dollars" - Fr. Paul LeBlanc, CSC
"Holy Cross and Catholicism in the North" - Sr. Cecile Charette, CSC
"They Did Their Duty Well: Notre Dame Student-Soldiers in the Civil War" - James M. Schmidt (me!)
"Brother Theodolus: Reluctant Martyr of New Orleans" - Br. George Klawitter, CSC (all the lectures were terrific, but I have to say this was my favorite...it had an exceptional connection to our city of New Orleans and to the yellow fever epidemics of the 19th century, which is a special interest of mine)
"St. Agnes School: The Jewel of Jefferson, Louisiana" - Sr. Rosemary Wessel, MSC (A story about a former speakeasy/dance hall/gambling hall turned into a church and school?!?! What's not to like?!?!)
"Holy Cross in Central Texas and Northern Mexico" - Fr. Peter Logsdon, CSC
"Holy Cross Religious Survive Katrina" - Br Walter Gluhm, CSC
Next year's conference is in Notre Dame, Indiana - keep an eye here on the blog for details!