Today I am off to Richmond for the Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association. I’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time. Tonight I will attend the banquet dinner for the Society of Civil War Historians and tomorrow I will take in a full day of panels. Tomorrow evening I will spend a few hours at a the University of Richmond for a reunion of former graduate students and Freeman Professors. While I am not the biggest fan of academic conferences I do enjoy having the opportunity to catch up with old friends and now fellow bloggers. The best part, of course, is the exhibition hall which includes just about every publisher of American history–and yes, great discounts. I am bringing my laptop; if the hotel has wifi you can anticipate a few updates and even some photos.