About This Conference

The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia PA


The Program in Early American Economy and Society is fifteen years old, which is a fitting time to reflect on the Program’s achievements and future directions in the field of economic history. Over the years, PEAES has sponsored rich and ever-changing research, publication, and public programs that are at the center of shaping how we understand the economic lives of early modern peoples. Its fellows, conference presenters, and published historians are among the most important scholars who have refined and reworked the ways we understand the multifaceted economies of people in all walks of life, in every corner of the Atlantic world down to the 1850s. Fifteen years ago, PEAES charted a course that welcomed fellowship proposals on a great range of both traditional and experimental themes, and year after year, the Program has showcased fresh perspectives at its conferences, and its journal and book publications feature some of the most innovative studies in economic history, broadly conceived. This conference looks back over those fifteen years to reflect on a few of the central themes preoccupying economic historians during recent decades, how approaches and findings have changed, what achievements have been made, and how we can think about our future research in these vital subfields.

This conference is free and open to everyone interested in the topic. Please let us know if you will be attending by registering electronically.

PEAES Director: Dr. Cathy D. Matson, cmatson@UDEL.edu

PEAES Program Coordinator: Alison McMenamin, amcmenamin@librarycompany.org