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Inheritance Practices in the 20th Century

Workshop at the German Historical Institute Washington, DC
"Inheritance Practices in the 20th Century"

Tentative dates: 9/14/2017 – 9/16/2017
Conveners: Jürgen Dinkel (University of Gießen), Simone Lässig (GHI Washington), Vanessa Ogle (University of Pennsylvannia)

Topic
American baby boomers stand to inherit about $11.6 trillion in the coming years. The distribution of this wealth will be highly unequal, however. Households in the wealthiest decile will receive by far the biggest inheritances, an estimated $1.5 million per heir on average. By contrast, heirs in the poorest decile will receive an average of $27,000. Enormous and unequal intergenerational wealth transfers are expected in other regions of the world as well.
Despite the substantial contribution of inheritance practices to social inequality in societies and individual families, we know very little about the distribution of inherited money and assets in the period since the late nineteenth century. Thomas Piketty's bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century has spurred heightened interest in the question of inherited wealth and its relation to rising inequality over the course of the past century.
Although historians have published extensively on inheritance law and practices in earlier periods in a variety of world regions and among different social groups, the twentieth century remains largely unexplored. This workshop thus seeks to bring together the history of inheritance and contemporary history. We want to examine and compare how property and property rights were distributed upon death in different world regions, urban settings, and social groups from the late nineteenth century to the present. We want to analyze how wealth transfers influenced family and kinship in terms of individual life plans, intra-family relations (including sibling and gender dynamics), intergenerational relations, questions of race, social inequality, notions of risk and entrepreneurship, and mobility (including transnational migration). While the legal frameworks for inheritance are important and will be considered in connection with the questions the workshop address, we are primarily interest ed in inheritance practices. Specifically, we seek to analyze what strategies (wills, trusts, inheritance agreements, etc.) testators used to distribute which parts of their property to which heirs and what factors determined their choice of heirs and the apportionment of property and assets among them. We are also interested in increasingly common strategies used to minimize different taxes on inheritances, such as the use of tax havens and low-tax jurisdictions for setting up trusts and the like. Additional questions include: What significance did kinship possess vis-à-vis personal relationships with persons who were not kin to the testator? What conditions were placed on inheritances and what role did inheritance play in the lives of the heirs?
By examining inheritance practices, the workshop aims to provide new insights into the structure and meaning of personal networks (like family and kinship relations) in the twentieth century. The workshop's focus on inherited property is also intended to shed new light on continuities and discontinuities in social inequality in families and in societies. Finally, the workshop will explore the interdependence between public, social, and economic welfare structures, on the one hand, and private family and kinship networks, on the other hand, in the modern age.

We seek papers that deal with one or more of the following groups of questions:

1. Social differentiation: Which kinds of relationships influenced inheritance practices (age, gender, social milieu, religion, generation, status, race, cultural, political, and legal context)? What impact did inheritance practices have on the structure of social milieus and family networks? In certain colonial and post-colonial contexts as well as in some countries, including the United States, anti-miscegenation laws at times prohibited passing on inheritances to spouses and offspring from interracial marriages. How did inheritance practices contribute to the growth and reproduction of social and racial inequality?

2. Property: How did the amount and composition of wealth to be passed down affect inheritance practices? What if there was no property? What about the inheritance of debts? How did the relative significance of different types of property change over the course of the twentieth century? What impact did the rise of finance and financialization have on inheritance?

3. Social actors: What forms did estate planning take over the course of the twentieth century? How did the outlooks of testators and heirs toward the future affect inheritance practices? How did expectations of an inheritance (or of not receiving an inheritance) affect the life planning of heirs? What organizations and professionals – so-called wealth managers – (lawyers, accountants, bankers, notaries, religious institutions) influenced the transfer of wealth in the twentieth century?

4. Periodization: The history of bequeathing and inheriting has barely been periodized. What continuities and/or discontinuities can we see in inheritance practices during the twentieth century? How might we periodize and explain possible changes?

Format
Papers will be pre-circulated four weeks in advance, and at the workshop participants will deliver short introductory remarks to start the discussion. These remarks will be no longer than ten minutes. A publication might follow. The language of the papers and the workshop will be English.
The GHI will provide a lump sum to participants for travel, and we are currently seeking further financial support. To apply, please send a 500 word abstract and a one-page cv to fabricius@ghi-dc.org by Feb 28, 2017. If you have further questions please contact Jürgen Dinkel: dinkel@ghi.dc.org

For More Information: http://www.ghi-dc.org

Posted: December 6, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Vernacular Architecture Forum Buchanan Award

The Vernacular Architecture Forum seeks nominations for the Paul E. Buchanan Award.

The award was instituted by VAF in 1993 to recognize contributions to the study and preservation of vernacular architecture and the cultural landscape that do not take the form of books or published work. Hundreds of studies, reports, documentation projects, restoration plans, National Register nominations, exhibits, video/digital media productions and public programs are completed each year without the benefit of distribution or recognition beyond the limited audience for which they were commissioned. Nonetheless, many of these efforts can serve to inform and inspire us all. The award is named for Paul E. Buchanan who served for over thirty years as the Director of Architectural Research at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Buchanan set the standard for architectural fieldwork in America and inspired many VAF members in the rewards of fieldwork. This award honors the valuable work that most of our members and professional associates perform.

Eligibility:
Projects completed in the last two years are eligible for consideration and may include, but are not limited to:

The application deadline for the 2017 Buchanan Award is February 17, 2017.

For more information, please visit http://www.vafweb.org/Buchanan-Award.

Posted: December 1, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Transatlantic Studies Association 16th Annual Conference

University College Cork, Ireland

July 10-12, 2017

Established in 2002, the TSA is a broad network of scholars who use the 'transatlantic' as a frame of reference for their work in political, economic, cultural, historical, enviromental, literary, and IR/security studies. All transatlantic-themed paper and panel proposals from these and related disciplines are welcome.

This conference thus welcomes papers in the following areas:

  1. History
  2. International Relations and Security Studies
  3. Literature, Film and Culture
  4. Planning and the Enviroment
  5. Economics
  6. Proposals that investigate the 'transatlantic' and explore it through frames of reference such as ideology, empire, race, religion, migration, political mobilisation, or social movements
  7. Proposals that incorporate perspectives that involve north-south and south-south transatlantic connections, as well as north-north

Both panel proposals and individual papers are welcome. Panel proposals are encouraged to include a discussant. New members and junior scholars are especially welcome. 

Please send individual paper proposals (a 300 word abstract + brief CV) and complete panel proposals (300 word overview + 300 word abstracts for the papers + brief CVs) to the conference email tsacork2017@gmail.com

Deadline for panel and paper proposals: 3 February 2017

We aim to make a decision on your proposal within three weeks. 

The Conference Location: 

University College Cork is located in Cork, Ireland along the southern coast of the country. The Transatlantic Studies Association has been to Cork twice before in 2007 and 2012 which attracted above average numbers of delegates. The conference site and university is within walking distance of the city, and within short distances to beautiful seaside towns and beaches and coastal, forest and hill walks. Cork Airport is accessible from a number of European hubs and Dublin and Shannon serve as connections to flights from the United States and elsewhere. Train and bus services connect these airports with Cork. 

Accommodation:

Accommodation in Cork is affordable across the spectrum, including hotels, B&Bs and Student halls of residence. Cork can be busy in the summertime, so it is advisable to book your accommodation early. We have secured accommodation as part of the conference package. This will be available to delegates when registering for the conference on a first come first served basis. For those wishing to make their own arrangements, a list of B&Bs and other hotels will be made available on the conference website.

Conference proposals should be directed to the conference address:

tsacork2017@gmail.com

For further information or enquiries please contact the following:

Chair of TSA/Local Organiser: Professor David Ryan: David.Ryan@ucc.ie

Further details will soon be posted to the Association's website:

http://www.transatlanticstudies.com/

 

Posted: November 30, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Tustenegee Spring 2017 Journal Call for Papers

The Tustenegee, a history journal published by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, provides a platform for researchers, academics, professionals, students, and history enthusiasts to share articles with other history enthusiasts and the general public. Articles should explore historic events, people, places, and themes related to Florida and/or Palm Beach County. The Tustenegee and the Historical Society of Palm Beach County welcomes and invites the submission of original articles in the subfields of history with an emphasis on Palm Beach County history. Contributions from allied disciplines are encouraged when concerned with Florida history subjects and the geographical scope of Florida and adjacent regions.

Abstract submission: Please submit abstracts in PDF format by email to rgualtieri@hspbc.org and provide author's full name, email and Post Office addresses, phone number, and, if applicable, organization or other affiliation. Abstracts are due by January 20, 2017. Once the abstract has been reviewed, the author(s) will be notified by email whether it has been accepted for publication. If accepted, additional instructions will be sent about images, author(s) biography, and photographs. The Historical Society of Palm Beach County reserves the right to edit all articles. Submissions should follow the Chicago Manual Style for writing. Authors are not paid for their manuscripts; however, copies of the Tustenegee issue that includes the published article are provided to authors free of charge after the issue has been mailed to Historical Society members. Past published journals and additional submission requirements can be found at www.pbchistoryonline.org/page/history-online-journal.

Posted: November 30, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowship, William L. Clements Library

Price Fellowships offer support for short-term research at the Clements Library by graduate students and junior faculty on any topic of American history that is supported by the collections. Grants are for $1,000 and require a minimum visit of one week. Applications must be received by January 15, 2017 for research to be undertaken in that calendar year.

For More Information: http://clements.umich.edu/fellowship.php

Posted: November 28, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Howard H. Peckham Fellowship on Revolutionary America, William L. Clements Library

Established in honor of the Library's second Director, the Peckham Fellowship supports research on American history between 1764 and 1783. The fellowship provides $10,000 for a project involving a residence of two months or more at the Library. This is a post-doctoral fellowship requiring a completed Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications at time of application. Applications must be received by January 15, 2017 for research to be undertaken in that calendar year.

For More Information: http://clements.umich.edu/fellowship.php

Posted: November 28, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Earhart Fellowships on American History

Earhart Fellowships offer $10,000 for scholarly research on any aspect of American history prior to 1901. Successful applicants are expected to spend a minimum of two months at the Clements. This is a post-doctoral fellowship that requires a completed Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications at the time of application. Applications must be received by January 15 for residence in that calendar year.

For More Information: http://clements.umich.edu/fellowship.php

Posted: November 28, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Reese Fellowship in the Print Culture of the Americas, William L. Clements Library

Funded by the William Reese Company, this fellowship encourages research in the history of the book and other print formats, bibliography, and other aspects of print culture in America, including publishing and marketing, from the sixteenth century to 1900. Projects may investigate any printed genre (e.g. books, prints, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, published photographs, broadsides, maps, etc.). Support for work in manuscript collections will be limited to projects related to printed materials (e.g. annotations in books, publishers' business archives, etc.). The Reese Fellowship provides $5,000 to support one month of in-residence study in the Clements Library collections. This is a post-doctoral fellowship requiring a completed Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications at time of application. Applications must be received by January 15, 2017 for research to be undertaken in that calendar year.

For More Information: http://clements.umich.edu/fellowship.php

Posted: November 28, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Mark S. Foster

Mark S. Foster, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Denver, (May 2, 1939 - October 21, 2016) was a prolific scholar of twentieth-century American history, authoring eleven books, plus dozens of articles. Among his most well-known books are From Streetcar to Superhighway: American City Planners and Urban Transportation 1900 1940 (1981); Henry J. Kaiser: Builder in the Modern American West (1989); and Castles in the Sand: The Life and Times of Carl G. Fisher (2000). Foster was a life member of the Organization of American Historians, and had been a member for almost 50 years.

Foster taught at the University of Colorado Denver for thirty-three years, beginning in 1972 at what was then a young campus, and retiring in 2005, having helped the university grow toward maturity. His dynamic teaching and intense dedication transformed many students into enthusiastic historians. He loved nothing more than sharing his excitement and apparently infinite knowledge about history with everyone—students and colleagues, as well as friends in any setting.

That excitement about history combined with Foster's avid sportsmanship to produce three scholarly books and many articles on the history of baseball in Colorado. The combination also energized decades of participation in nineteenth-century vintage baseball. In addition, that blend of historian and sportsman animated countless guest lectures in which Foster wore his vintage baseball uniform, alternating between the voice of an 1870s-era gentleman with decidedly illiberal attitudes and his historian's voice.

Foster earned his B.A. in Philosophy at Brown University in 1961. At the University of Southern California, he earned a Master's degree in 1968 and a Ph.D. in 1971, both in American history. His research and teaching won numerous honors at CU Denver, including Teacher of the Year in 1983 and Researcher of the Year in 2001, plus the University of Colorado Medal in 2007.

Contributions are welcome to the Mark Foster Scholarship in History Fund at the University of Colorado Denver.

Posted: November 28, 2016
Tagged: In Memoriam


Call for Papers: Revisiting the Summer of Love

Revisiting the Summer of Love, Rethinking the Counterculture:
An Academic Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love
July 27 - 29, 2017
San Francisco, CA
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2017
www.summerofloveconference.org

Northwestern University's Center for Civic Engagement and the California Historical Society invite scholars to submit paper proposals for this interdisciplinary conference celebrating and reexamining the Summer of Love and its associated events, contexts, and implications.

As an interdisciplinary meeting, the conference welcomes scholars from all interested fields and theoretical perspectives. Suggested topics include art, from drama and dance to poster art and music; writers and writing, including New Journalism and contemporary theorists; minorities and marginalized populations; GLBT and gender issues; urban studies; and implications of the Summer of Love on today's social movements.

Professors, independent scholars, students, and professionals working outside of the academy are welcome to participate. Adjunct professors and graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply. Limited assistance is available for graduate students and adjunct faculty to help defray the costs of conference participation.

Proposals include an abstract of up to 250 words and a brief bio of no more than 150 words and are due by January 15, 2017.

Learn More & Submit a Proposal: www.summerofloveconference.org

Posted: November 28, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Archie K. Davis Fellowships 2017

To encourage more extensive and intensive research in North Carolina's historical and cultural resources, the North Caroliniana Society offers on a competitive basis Archie K. Davis Fellowships to assist scholars in gaining access to collections. Stipends vary and are intended to cover travel expenses while fellows conduct research in North Caroliniana. The annual deadline for proposals is March 1. Visit www.ncsociety.org for specific guidelines.

Posted: November 21, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


U.S. Catholic Historian Issue on Athletics

U.S. Catholic Historian
Future Issue: Athletics

For thirty-five years the U.S. Catholic Historian has published theme-based issues relevant to the history of American Catholicism. An upcoming issue will address the theme of athletics. Contributions could include, but are not limited to, studies of the following:

• Historical studies of U.S. Catholic participation, ownership, or coaching of athletics, including professional and collegiate levels, etc.
• Biographical studies of Catholic athletes.
• Athletics at Catholic colleges and universities.
• Role of American Catholic ethnics in the development of sports.
• Catholic contributions to the "muscular Christianity" movement.
• Athletics at parish and diocesan level, i.e. Catholic Youth Organization teams and leagues and parish-based sports/recreation centers.
• U.S. Catholic involvement in the Olympics.

Scholars considering a submission are asked to contact the editor, Fr. David Endres at DEndres@Athenaeum.edu before preparing a contribution. Approximate length is 7,000-10,000 words. We ask for submissions by November 1, 2017 and look forward to hearing from potential contributors.

For More Information: http://cuapress.cua.edu/journals/usch.cfm

Posted: November 21, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Ohio Academy of Historians Annual Conference

The Ohio Academy of History seeks papers in all fields of history for its annual conference to be held at The Ohio State University March 31-April 1, 2017. Papers may deal with any area or time period. Proposals focusing on historiography, methodology, pedagogy, and public history are also welcome.

Proposals may consist of individual papers, sessions on a common theme, or discussion panels. Panels might address topics like the following, and we are open to other topics:

The Centennial of President John F. Kennedy's birth
The Centennial of U.S. Entry into World War I
The Obama Administration as History
World-systems and Diversity: Time for deeper history on Mercosur, ASEAN and the African Union?
Technology and History

Paper sessions generally include three papers (20 minutes each) and a chair or commentator. In addition to traditional format sessions (scholarly papers with chair and commentator), the Ohio Academy welcomes non-traditional formats such as roundtables, discussion panels, or teaching-focused formats.

We do not at this time solicit or accept undergraduate papers.

Submit proposals no later than 1 December 2016 (updated deadline) to either Program Committee Co-Chairperson:

Marsha Robinson, PhD, Co-Chairperson
Department of Humanities and Creative Arts
Miami University, Middletown, OH 45042
e-mail: marsha.robinson@miamioh.edu
tel: 513-217-4015

Robert Waters, PhD, JD, Co-Chairperson
Department of History, Politics, and Justice
Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH 45810
e-mail: r-waters@onu.edu
tel: 419-772-2090

Proposals must include:

Those interested in chairing or commenting on papers should contact a committee co-chairperson with their areas of expertise.

Presenters must register for the conference by 1 March 2017 to be included on the program.

For More Information: http://www.ohioacademyofhistory.org/call-for-papers/

Posted: November 15, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award Program

The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award Program is now accepting applications through December 15, 2016. This opportunity is for tenure-track faculty who are committed not only to research and teaching but also to building a more inclusive scholarly community. Applicants may not be going up for tenure during the award year (2017–18).

Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Malkiel Scholars Award offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year. While Malkiel Scholars may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences, preference will be given to those whose work relates to 20th- and 21st-century American history, politics, culture, and society, with emphases including but not limited to African American issues, women's issues, and/or higher education.

Please share this opportunity with colleagues who may be interested in and eligible for the Malkiel Scholars Program. Additional information is available at www.woodrow.org/nwm.

Posted: November 15, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


The AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize

The AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize, given for the first time in 1997, is awarded annually for the best doctoral dissertation dealing with mass communication history. An honorarium of $500 accompanies the prize, and a $200 honorarium is awarded to each honorable mention.

Eligible works should be historical dissertations (either qualitative or quantitative), written in English, which have been completed between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016. For the purposes of this award, a "completed" work is defined as one which has not only been submitted and defended but also revised and filed in final form at the applicable doctoral-degree-granting university by December 31, 2016.

To be considered, please submit the following materials in a single e-mail to the address below:

1. A cover letter from the applicant containing complete (home and work) contact information (postal addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses). The letter should express a willingness, should the dissertation be selected for a prize, both to attend the awarding ceremony and to deliver a public presentation based on the dissertation at the 2017 American Journalism Historians Association Annual Convention 12-14 October 2017 in Little Rock, AR.
2. A letter of nomination from the dissertation chair/director or the chair of the university department in which the dissertation was written.
3. A single PDF containing the following (with no identifying information):

  1. A 200-word abstract.
  2. The dissertation table of contents.
  3. A single chapter from the dissertation, preferably not exceeding 50 manuscript pages, not including notes, charts or photographs. The chapter should, if possible, highlight the work's strengths as a piece of primary-sourced original research.

4. In a separate PDF but in the same e-mail, a blind copy of the complete dissertation.

To be considered, all identifying information—including author, school, and dissertation committee members' names—must be deleted from items 3 and 4 above.

Nominations, along with all the supporting materials, should be sent to:

AJHAdissertationprize@gmail.com

Questions should be directed to Dr. Jane Marcellus, chair of the Blanchard Prize Committee, at jane.marcellus@mtsu.edu.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, February 1, 2017.

Posted: November 10, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Cornell University College of Human Ecology History of Home Economics Fellowship

The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University is accepting applications for the 2017 Dean's Fellowship in the History of Home Economics. To learn more about the history of the fellowship visit: http://www.human.cornell.edu/fellowship/fellowship_exhibit_home.cfm

We invite faculty members, research scholars, and advanced graduate students (must be eligible to work in the United States) with demonstrated background and experience in historical studies to apply for this post-graduate opportunity. The fellowship recipient will receive an award of $6,500 for a summer or sabbatical residency of approximately six weeks to use the unique resources available from the College and the Cornell University Library system in pursuit of scholarly research in the history of Home Economics and its impact on American society.

At the conclusion of the residency the fellowship recipient will provide a final report to the dean, including a bibliography of research pursued, and preservation recommendations for pertinent library and archival holdings. In addition, the recipient will be invited to give a public presentation on their research at a later date. Research projects should be intended for publication.

Relevant historical subject areas may include, but are not limited to: the role of women in the family and society, the history of women in higher education, the history of food, nutrition, housing, consumer economics, the family, child development, design, clothing and textiles among other key topics in American social history. We welcome applications in which the historical subject area may inform the investigation of contemporary societal issues.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is Friday, March 3, 2017. For additional information, see: http://www.human.cornell.edu/fellowship/ Please circulate this announcement to your professional networks.

Posted: November 8, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Summer Institute on Objects, Places and the Digital Humanities

June 19-23, 2017 & June 2018

The Summer Institute on Objects, Places, and the Digital Humanities at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina will focus on the theory and practice of digital work for topics in art, architectural, urban history or material culture. The two-year Institute will provide "hands-on" training with tools for geospatial mapping, 3D modeling, photogrammetry, and data collection and visualization.

Participants will develop a digital component to a research project related to the lives of things as interrogations of meaning, circulation, and change over the long life of places and objects. Participants will examine how modeling, database and mapping tools can move research in new directions, reframing evidence towards new questions and expanding scholarship into new arenas of research and public outreach.

The workshop is intended for mid-career scholars engaged in research that can be expanded to include a digital dimension. No previous experience in digital scholarship required. The Institute will be led by Caroline Bruzelius and Mark Olson, both in the Department Art, Art History &Visual Studies and co-founders of the Wired! lab at Duke University. Application may be made until midnight February 21, 2015. Instructions are available via http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/digital-humanities/

Posted: November 4, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


The Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute

The Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom® Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute takes students and teachers on the journey of a lifetime to explore WWII history through the life of a Silent Hero who is memorialized in the Normandy American Cemetery. This program is made possible through the generous support of Mr. Albert H. Small.

Applications are now being accepted and it is free to apply:

• All applicants must be available June 17–29, 2017.
• All courses, materials, and overseas travel are covered for accepted teachers and students.
• Applications are due by November 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
• All participants must apply as one team.
• Students must be either a sophomore or junior in high school as of fall 2016.
• Teachers can be middle or high school teachers.
• All applications must be fully completed and submitted as a single PDF document.

For More Information: https://nhd.org/normandy-sacrifice-freedom

In June 2017, fifteen student/teacher teams will engage in a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II. Beginning in January, students and teachers will engage in an online class led by World War II historians, which includes weekly readings and online discussions with their peers. Additionally, teachers will aid students in the historical study of a Silent Hero buried in or memorialized at the Normandy American Cemetery whose story has not been previously told. With help from a research volunteer from the National Archives and Records Administration, students will research and learn about the life of a soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, or Coast Guardsman in order to build a website once they return from France.

In June, the teams will travel to Washington, D.C., where the students and teachers will be immersed in lectures and activities presented by World War II historians and they will participate in a scholarly study of the war memorials in the D.C. area in order to understand the cost of war.

On the final leg of the journey, the group will travel to France and walk in the footsteps of history in Normandy. In addition to learning from local historians and curators, students will study and make presentations on various aspects of the Normandy Campaign that they have individually studied throughout the year. The Washington, D.C. and Normandy portions of the institute will require significant walking. Please be sure that you are able to walk up to two miles on uneven terrain, in variable weather. Please be aware that due to health issues this is a tobacco free trip.

The last day in Normandy will be a day of remembrance. The students will present a eulogy at the grave of a Silent Hero buried at the Normandy American Cemetery based on their individual research of a member of the U.S. military who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Teams will return to the U.S. together, teachers are required to return from France with their student and accompany them to their final destination. Once the teams return from France, teachers will help their students as they work to build their Silent Hero websites, which will be used to immortalize and pass on the memory of American sacrifice to later generations.

Please note that due to logistical arrangements, family members are not able to accompany the teams on the program.

Posted: November 4, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Congress Creates Commission to Prepare for USA's 250th Anniversary

In July 2016, Congress passed legislation (Public Law 114-196) establishing the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission to begin planning for the nation's 250th anniversary in 2026. NCH will be working to ensure qualified historians with expertise in the field are included on the commission. The commission will be comprised of 8 members of congress, 16 private citizens, and 8 federal officials. For more information, click here.

Posted: November 4, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


National Women's History Museum Commission Update

The American Museum of Women's History Congressional Commission is in the process of wrapping up its work. Over the past year, the commission has received input from historians with expertise in women's history and other stakeholders. A report to the President and Congress must be submitted by November 16, 2016. For more information, click here.

Posted: November 4, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession