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Publishing Begins with Oxford University Press

January 2011 marks the beginning of the OAH's publishing partnership with Oxford University Press. In addition to publishing the Journal of American History and the OAH Magazine of History each quarter, Oxford University Press will assume the online hosting of both titles from the History Cooperative. Follow this link to access the December 2010 issue of the Journal of American History online:

More information is available at: http://www.journalofamericanhistory.org/issues/972/

Posted: February 2, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship

The Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) invites applications for the first competition for the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship. The museum seeks applications from recent PhDs in the fields of urban history, American studies, decorative arts, architectural history, or related fields who wish to gain hands-on experience in curatorial work and to pursue an independent research project related to MCNY’s collections or programs. The selected fellow will be in residence at MCNY for a two-year period beginning in September 2011. For more information, contact . Deadline for applications is March 4, 2011.

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Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: Fellowships


Call for Reviewers: American Journalism

American Journalism, the quarterly journal sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association, recognizes the importance of peer reviewers in refining individual manuscripts and the contributions they make to the credibility and reputation of the journal. If you wish to apply to review manuscripts for American Journalism, please contact Barbara Friedman, University of North Carolina, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, CB #3365, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599, or e-mail:

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Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: Miscellaneous


State Historical Society of Iowa Research Grants

The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant program for the 2011-2012 academic year. SHSI will award up to ten stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpretive writing related to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Grant recipients will be expected to produce an annotated manuscript targeted for The Annals of Iowa, SHSI’s scholarly journal. Deadline for applications is April 15, 2011. For more information, visit:

More information is available at: http://www.iowahistory.org/publications/the-annals-of-iowa/research-grants-for-authors.html

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: Grants


Michael Ellery selected as James Madison Memorial Fellow

OAH member Michael Ellery, a teacher at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis, Wisconsin, was selected as one of 58 James Madison Memorial Fellows in 2010. Fellowships are awarded to teachers to expand their knowledge and ability to teach issues related to the United States Constitution. Ellery will attend the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where he will study American history with an emphasis on constitutional and civil rights issues. For more information, visit their website.

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Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Critical Thinking in World History Seminar

The National Humanities Center and the National Council for History Education are pleased to present an online professional development seminar on Chronological Reasoning and Critical Thinking in World History, Wednesday, April 6, 2011. This seminar will seek to help teachers pace out the year using a variety of periodization models and timelines, and to consider what level of detail students need to know. For more information:

More information is available at: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/ows/register/regdates.html

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Summer Seminar for K-12 Educators

Illinois College is now accepting applications from K-12 educators for a four-week summer seminar funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The seminar, specially designated as a “We the People” project of the NEH, encourages and strengthens the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture. The theme of the seminar, which will take place at Illinois College from June 26 to July 23, is “The Frontier Experience in the American Midwest.” Applications must be postmarked by March 1. For more information visit:

More information is available at: http://www2.ic.edu/neh2011

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


White House History

White House History, the journal of the White House Historical Association, is published twice each year and features articles on the historic White House, especially those that relate to the building itself, its uses, and life as lived there through the years. Authors interested in submitting an article are asked to complete the White House History abstract submission form available online. Abstracts are due March 1, 2011. For more information, please visit:

More information is available at: http://www.whitehousehistory.org/whha_publications/publications_whitehousehistory-call.html

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: Calls for Papers


2011 Civil War Trust Teacher Institute

The 2011 Civil War Trust Teacher Institute is a four-day professional development workshop for K-12 educators focused exclusively on the American Civil War. This year’s workshop will be held July 14-17 in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit:

More information is available at: http://www.civilwar.org/aboutus/events/teacher-institute/

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Great Lakes History Conference

The 37th annual Great Lakes History Conference, sponsored by Grand Valley State University, will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 7-8, 2011. The Great Lakes History Conference is a general history conference with an interdisciplinary emphasis. The program committee seeks panels and papers on the history of education broadly considered, from national and transnational perspectives, with particular focus on providing a historical context to current crises in education, whether at the elementary and secondary level or in higher education. For more information and a link to the conference, visit the Grand Valley State University History Department website at:

More information is available at: http://www.gvsu.edu/history

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

Expositions is an online journal where scholars from various disciplines gather as colleagues to converse about common texts and questions in the humanities. Expositions seeks to publish two types of contributions: articles that either have an interdisciplinary character and appeal or are exemplary in their respective disciplines while being of interest to those from other disciplines or notes, insights and reflections on Teaching the Great Books that benefit teaching, research, and the life of the academy. For submission guidelines contact managing editor Greg Hoskins (). For more information visit

More information is available at: http://expositions.journals.villanova.edu

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Graduate Research/Education Intern in Latino History

The American Social History Project (ASHP)/Center for Media and Learning seeks a graduate student intern for Summer 2011 or Fall 2011 to research and compile a collection of teaching materials on the Latino experience in the United States. Founded in 1981 and based at the City University of New York Graduate Center, ASHP produces award-winning print, visual, and multimedia materials that explore the richly diverse social and cultural history of the United States. The internship will be part-time for 10-12 weeks. For more information visit:

More information is available at: http://ashp.cuny.edu/about-us/internships/internship-in-latino-history/

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: Internships


American History TV on C-SPAN3

Every weekend on C-SPAN3 American History TV, watch 48 hours about people and events that help document the American story. For schedule and programming information visit:

More information is available at: http://c-span.org/history

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession


Direct an NEH Summer Program in 2012

Since 1967, the National Endowment for the Humanities has funded residential summer programs for college and university faculty and, since 1982, K-12 teachers. These include two- to five-week Summer Seminars and Institutes and one-week Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. The application deadline is March 1, 2011. For information on NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes and for application materials, visit:

More information is available at: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/seminars.html

Posted: January 26, 2011
Tagged: News of the Profession


OAH Treasurer Steps Down

Robert Griffith has resigned as OAH Treasurer for reasons of health, effective January 1. OAH President David Hollinger has appointed Jay Goodgold as interim OAH Treasurer. Goodgold will serve until a search for a new Treasurer has been conducted. In announcing this transition, Hollinger expressed his gratitude to Griffith for his dedicated service as Treasurer and expert supervision of the OAH’s finances during his tenure. “Bob has been an exemplary Board member in every way,” said Hollinger, “and a Treasurer of rare wisdom and technical acuity.”

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Posted: January 22, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


Printed Program Hits the Streets

The 2011 OAH Annual Meeting Program was mailed to all current members of the organization at the end of December. In addition to the printed program, you may download a copy online at:

More information is available at: http://annualmeeting.oah.org/

Posted: January 21, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


In Houston, Diversity Is on the Menu

Houston, the host for OAH’s 2011 annual meeting, is a city of neighborhoods–a big city with a small-town feel. Kathleen A. Brosnan, University of Houston, takes us on a culinary tour of the city and shares with us Robb Walsh’s “Top Ten H-Town Ethnic Eateries.” Read more at:

More information is available at: http://annualmeeting.oah.org/about/houston_2011/diversity_is_on_the_menu.html

Posted: January 21, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


January OAH Magazine of History Focuses on Colonial America

The January 2011 issue of the OAH Magazine of History, the first to be published with Oxford University Press, focuses on teaching the history of colonial America. It includes articles by the issue’s consulting editor Karin Wulf, Juliana Barr, Christopher Hodson and Brett Rushforth, and James Horn, as well as teaching strategies by Erik Seeman, William White, and Matt Moore. Editor Carl Weinberg’s column and Seeman’s article on teaching the history of death in colonial North America are also featured online. Follow this link to view the table of contents, selected articles, and supplementary documents:

More information is available at: http://www.oah.org/publications/moh/issues/251/

Posted: January 21, 2011
Tagged: News of the Organization


Dr. Robert J. Rusnak

Long time OAH member, Dr. Robert J. Rusnak, passed away November 21, 2010.

More information is available at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=robert-jay-rusnak&pid=146822720

Posted: January 20, 2011
Tagged: In Memoriam


Dr. Craig Wollner

Dr. Craig Wollner, Portland State University, Oct. 17, 1943 - Nov. 20, 2010.

More information is available at: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=craig-evan-wollner&pid=146922016

Posted: January 20, 2011
Tagged: In Memoriam