Agricultural History Society
Tropicana: Commodities Across Borders
Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel
St. Petersburg, Florida
May 24-26, 2018

The Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting - May 24-26, 2018

The 2018 annual meeting is upon us. We have a great meeting planned in a superb location. If you have any questions about the conference you may reach us at

The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront is the conference hotel. Rooms are available at $155 per night. To make your reservations, call 800-HILTONS (800-445-8667) and mention that your reservation is with the “AHS Annual meeting" to receive the discounted rate. The hotel is easy walking distance to the bay, restaurants, bookstores, galleries, and the Salvador Dali Museum. All conference sessions will be on-site at the hotel. Rooms must be reserved before April 23, 2018 to take advantage of our discounted rate.

On-line registration is now closed. You will be able to register in person during the meeting and pay with check, cash, or credit card. Registration for the awards banquet, presidential luncheon, and field trip will not be available. Registration is $140 for current members and $160 for non-members.

Optional Friday Afternoon Field Trip to Ybor City:
Today, visitors to Ybor City encounter a charming community brimming with fashionable cafes and historic buildings. But a century ago, Ybor City was a radical hotbed populated by thousands of Cuban, Spanish, and Italian immigrants. Hundreds of factories hummed with the rhythms of los lectores (readers) and the shuffle of millions of hand-rolled cigars being crafted. Board the tour bus and visit some of Florida's most beautiful buildings, El Centro Asturiano and L'Unione Italiana--the Spanish and Italian center buildings as well as historic casitas, the modest homes occupied by immigrant families. We will also discuss the curious and interesting agricultural history of Ybor City. As a special treat, we will enjoy a fortifying cafe con leche y guayabas (Cuban coffee and guava tarts) at one of our tour stops. Our tour guide is Dr. Gary Mormino, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Central Florida and author of The Immigrant World of Ybor City and Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida. You must pre-register for the tour. Seating is limited. The tour is $40 and includes transportation, a boxed lunch, and afternoon treat.

Executive Committee Meeting:
Members of the Executive Committee should make their travel arrangements to arrive for our meeting in the early afternoon of Wednesday, May 23.
The meeting will be at the conference hotel.

A draft version of the program is available here. Latest version posted May 10, 2018.

Graduate Travel Funding:
The society is offering $250 travel stipends to support currently-enrolled graduate students who are presenting a paper at the 2017 meeting. To be considered for the award you must submit an application form before May 1.