In this article, Kent Whitworth and Scott Alvey of the Kentucky Historical Society and 2015 Annual Meeting Host Committee discuss the history of Louisville and its relevance to the conference theme, “The Power of Possibility.” They also describe new and exciting possibilities for the history field as a whole as we confront the ever present challenges of funding, shared authority, and public relevance.


We have an opportunity to transform the profession if, collectively, we examine the impact that we could and should have on society. How we react or don’t react to this opportunity can tell us a lot.