And like Santa Fe, Pensacola provides a perfect landscape for public historians to engage the history of the community where we are meeting. Just a block from the conference hotel is St. Michael's Cemetery. After strolling past on my way to registration at the Museum of Commerce in the Village, I could not resist the urge to explore the rows of stone markers and family tombs on my way back to the hotel.
I hope I am not sounding too much like a booster! But place matters intensely to public historians, and my thanks to the members of the local arrangements committee for taking advantage of the unique opportunities close at hand and helping us explore the place that is Pensacola.