Oklahoma’s Duane Roller, Wisconsin’s Robert Siegfried and Kansas’s Robert Schofield founded The Midwest Junto for the History of Science more than a half century ago to provide a professional forum for themselves, students and like-minded individuals unable to afford travel to a national professional meeting. It continues to serve as a central meeting place for persons living in the middle of the country and beyond. The organization meets annually in spring and is particularly receptive to persons without extensive experience presenting their research to national professional historical organizations. It welcomes work in the history of medicine and the history of technology as well as the history of science. The Midwest Junto retains its founders’ vision that it should be informal and loosely organized. The time and place for the Junto’s annual meeting is rarely set more than a year in advance. The organization caters to no time period or place. Papers themselves are limited to about fifteen minutes in duration.
The Call for Papers is generally issued after the first of the year. Dues are $2/year paid at the annual meeting. Graduate students receive the cost of one night’s lodging (double occupancy) at the convention hotel if they deliver the fruits of their research at the meeting.
The Junto has recently inaugurated a Stuart Pierson Memorial to remember one of its most loyal members. Stuart dutifully traveled to the Junto meeting yearly from his home in Newfoundland. Rarely did he fail to offer a paper that was great fun and greater insight.