Frequently Asked Questions

What is Urban History Month?
Urban History Month is a month-long series of events organized and hosted by urban historians interested in exploring topics of relevance to urban history, broadly defined. Urban History Month events will take place in October 2021.

Why Urban History Month?
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the UHA to cancel its planned in-person conference in Detroit. Urban History Month isn’t intended to be a virtual replacement for the in-person conference, but it is intended to provide people with opportunities to convene over a shared interest in urban history in the conference’s absence. The UHA organized Urban History Month in direct response to member requests for space in which to meet and convene.

How can I participate?
You can attend events posted to the Urban History Month calendar. You’re also welcome and encouraged to organize your own events and post them to the Urban History Month calendar. The UHA will publicize the calendar widely.

Where are Urban History Month events listed?
See the Urban History Month calendar posted here. We’ll be adding events as they’re submitted by event organizers, so be sure to check back often for updates. The first events will likely be posted by late August.

What is the UHA’s role in Urban History Month?
The UHA’s role in Urban History Month is to encourage people to organize urban history events to take place in the month of October, aggregate those events on our publicly-accessible Urban History Month calendar, and publicize those events far and wide. The UHA reserves the right to refuse or revoke any submission to the Urban History Month calendar. The UHA will also host a few events of its own.

Do I have to be a UHA member to attend any of these events? Or to submit an event to the calendar?
No, you do not have to be a UHA member to attend Urban History Month events or to submit an event for inclusion on the Urban History Month calendar.

When is the deadline to submit events to the calendar?
All event submissions must be received by Monday, September 27, at 5 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Who do I contact if I have questions about an event listed on the calendar?
Please contact the organizer listed in the event description with any questions about a specific event. While some of the events posted to the calendar are organized by the UHA, many are not, which is why registration methods (when applicable) and other details may vary from event to event.

Are there any fees associated with Urban History Month?
For event organizers: no, there is no fee to post an event to the Urban History Month calendar.
For attendees: we hope most events posted to the calendar will be free to attend, though some event organizers may need to charge a fee to offset costs associated with their events. We hope event organizers will make events available free of charge whenever they can, though we understand that isn’t always possible. The UHA’s intention is to support events organized in good faith to convene people with a shared interest in urban history.

I’m a publisher interested in exhibit space. What should I do?
Email Hope Shannon, UHA Executive Director, at for more information on sponsorship and exhibitor rates.

Contact us
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