Western Society for French History


46the Annual Conference: French History from the Edge

Portland, ME

1-3 November 2018



47th Annual Conference:
Bozeman, MT (Oct. 3-5, 2019)


The current draft of the program is now available here.

The forty-seventh annual meeting of the Western Society for French History will be held from October 3-5 in the scenic mountain town of Bozeman, Montana.  Inspired by its stunning natural environment, the theme for this year’s conference is “Environments in French History.”  Caroline Ford (Professor of History, the University of California at Los Angeles) will deliver a keynote address on environmental approaches to Francophone history on Friday, October 4.  Fabien Locher (Professor of History, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris) will deliver a keynote address on the emerging field of climate history on Saturday, October 5. 

Conference VenueS 

All conference events will be held in buildings located just minutes from each other in Bozeman’s historic downtown.  Please see the map below for venue locations:


All conference panels will be held at the historic Masonic Lodge, located at 14 South Tracy Avenue.

The keynote talk will be held at the Baxter Ballroom on the second floor of the Baxter Hotel, located at 105 West Main St.

The council dinner, business lunch, and Saturday plenary talk will be held on the second floor of the Rialto Theater, located at 10 West Main St.


The Element Hotel by Westin,located within a five-minute walk of the conference venue in downtown Bozeman, is offering conference rates ranging from $205/night to $225/night. Book your group rate for Western Society for French History Oct. 2019. Please note that group rates at The Element expire on September 13th.

The Lewis and Clark Hotel, located within a ten-minute walk of the conference venue in downtown Bozeman, is offering conference rates ranging from $139/night for single occupancy rooms to $199/night for quad rooms from September 31-October 8, 2019.  Online booking is available at www.lewisandclarkmotels.com using the Promo/Access Code of WSFH19 or call direct at 406-586-3341 and alert the staff to the block identity of Western Society for French History for discount rates.

Treasure State Hostel:  Bozeman has an affordable and thriving hostel for travelers located right on Main St.: https://www.treasurestatehostel.com/index.html.


Airport:  Bozeman/Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) offers daily nonstop flights to many cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Newark, and New York City.  

Transportation from the Airport to Downtown Bozeman:  Bozeman Airport is located 20 minutes from downtown Bozeman.  If you are a guest at The Element Hotel, you may order a complimentary airport shuttle service from 5am-midnight (call or email the hotel to reserve your shuttle space in advance).  Otherwise, you may use taxi services, Uber, or Lyft for transportation downtown.  Please see the following link for more information: https://bozemanairport.com/ground-transportation.

Local Attractions

Dining and Touring around Downtown Bozeman:  Reservations for downtown restaurants are recommended on Friday and Saturday nights.  A list of downtown restaurants is available here:  https://downtownbozeman.org/

Museum of the Rockies:  A Smithsonian Museum, the MOR contains one of the richest collections of dinosaur fossils in the United States:  https://museumoftherockies.org/exhibit/siebel-dinosaur-complex.

Located 1.8 miles from Downtown Bozeman, the museum is accessible from downtown using Streamline Bus Service’s Orange Line:  https://streamlinebus.com/routes-schedules/weekday-service/orangeline-university/.

In-Town Hiking:  For excellent views of the surrounding mountain ranges, check out the Peet’s Hill hiking trail (part of the Main St. to the Mountains trail system), located less than a mile from downtown Bozeman:  https://gvlt.org/featured-trails/peets-hill-burke-park/.

Farther Afield Hiking:  If you rent a car at Bozeman Airport, you can reach some excellent hikes within a half hour drive of town.  Hyalite Canyon offers several trails:  https://www.visitmt.com/listings/general/recreation-area/hyalite-canyon-recreation-area.html.

Recommended hikes include Palisade Falls (1 mile out and back) https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/montana/palisade-falls and Grotto Falls (2.5 miles out and back): https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/montana/grotto-falls-trail.  Closer to Bozeman is the “M” Trail:  https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/montana/bozeman-m and the Drinking Horse Trail:  http://www.outsidebozeman.com/activities/hiking-backpacking/drinking-horse-mountain-trail.

http://www.outsidebozeman.com/activities/hiking-backpacking/drinking-horse-mountain-trail as well as the Sourdough Creek Trail: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/montana/bozeman-sourdough-creek-nature-trail and the South Cottonwood Trail: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/montana/south-cottonwood-creek-trail

Yellowstone National Park:  The oldest national park in the world, Yellowstone is located 1.5 hours from Bozeman.  The Gardiner Entrance, famous for its historic archway, is slightly closer to Bozeman and offers quick access to Mammoth Hot Springs and the Boiling River (a popular spot for soaking).  The West Yellowstone Entrance offers the quickest access to Old Faithful Geyser, the Fountain Paint Pots, and Grand Prismatic Spring.  For more information, see:  https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm.

Norris Hot Springs:  Located 45 minutes from Bozeman, Norris Hot Springs offers a relaxing hot spring pool (once used by local miners) and a locally-sourced food and beer menu: https://norrishotsprings.com/.

The Local Arrangements Committee is chaired by Catherine Dunlop (Montana State University).

Future Conference Locations

  • 2020 Victoria, BC

  • 2021 Memphis, TN

Previous Conference Programs

Click on the links to find recent conference programs. Any scholars who can provide electronic copies of programs from earlier conferences should contact the WSFH secretary.