The University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs hosted the Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference, Renewing Ideals and Engaging the Public, June 21 – 24, 2010.

Conference participants included presidential sites and libraries directors, government officials, presidential scholars, members of the media, and representatives of institutions engaged in the preservation, restoration, education, and presentation of the lives and works of U.S. presidents.

Speakers included Michael Beschloss, leading presidential historian; Joseph Ellis, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian; Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek and Pulitzer Prize-winning author; and Annette Gordon-Reed, author of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. Additionally, scholars from the Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History and Presidential Recordings programs presented their work.

Select content from the conference is available for download.

The conference was sponsored by the American Association for State and Local History; James Madison’s Montpelier; Miller Center of Public Affairs; Monticello; the National Park Service; the National Archives and Records Administration; President Lincoln’s Cottage, a National Trust Historic Site; and the White House Historical Association.