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Elizabeth Whitaker

OAH member Elizabeth Whitaker passed away on April 10, 2010 at the age of 51. She was a published author, lecturer, and researcher. For a complete obituary and brief biography, please visit http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx.

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Posted: July 23, 2010
Tagged: In Memoriam


Call for Papers—Libraries and the Cultural Record

Libraries and the Cultural Record, a peer–reviewed journal of history published by the University of Texas Press, invites submissions for a special issue devoted to exploring historical perspectives on state library agencies in the United States. Contributors are encouraged to consider the topic in diverse ways.

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Posted: July 23, 2010
Tagged: Awards and Prizes, News of the Profession


NEH Teaching Development Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Humanities will award Teaching Development Fellowships to support college and university teachers pursuing research aimed specifically at improving existing undergraduate courses. The application deadline is September 30, 2010.

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

Posted: July 19, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession, Fellowships


Roger Williams University—Call for Papers

Roger Williams University is seeking papers for its third conference on religion and the state. Researchers are invited to submit from any academic fields, especially, though not exclusively, from history, political science, literature, and religious studies. The conference, entitled “Religion and the State in the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe and America,” will be held April 13, 2011, at the university. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2010.

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Posted: July 19, 2010
Tagged: Calls for Papers, News of the Profession


Pennsylvania History: A Call for Civil War Papers

Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, is seeking paper submissions for a 2011 special issue on the Civil War and Reconstruction in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. Papers concentrating on Pennsylvania history as well as papers on the broader Mid-Atlantic region are encouraged.

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Posted: July 19, 2010
Tagged: Calls for Papers, News of the Profession


Vernacular Architecture Forum: Call for Papers

The Vernacular Architecture Forum invites paper proposals for its 2011 annual meeting in Falmouth, Jamaica. Papers should address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all vernacular topics are welcome, but papers that explore topics related to the conference theme of heritage tourism are encouraged. The deadline for paper proposals is September 13, 2010.

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Posted: July 13, 2010
Tagged: Calls for Papers, News of the Profession


Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Now Available

The Newberry Library is pleased to announce the completion and release of its Digital Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Web-site, publications.newberry.org/ahcbp. The Atlas will assist researchers find accurate and comphrensive county data from 1634 through 2000.

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Posted: July 13, 2010
Tagged: News of the Profession


Oickle signs for 2 books

Alvin F. Oickle is under contract to publish two books in Spring 2011. Oickle’s 1998 biography, Jonathan Walker: The Man with the Branded Hand, will be reissued with new material and images by Westholme Publishing. The second book will be published by The History Press as part of its “disaster series” and will explore the steamboat Erie, which sank in 1841, carrying more than two hundred new immigrants to their deaths on Lake Erie.

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Posted: June 28, 2010
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Historical Associations Issue Recommendations About Rewarding Public History Work for Promotion and Tenure

“Tenure, Promotion, and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian,” a report offering best practices for evaluating public history scholarship in history departments, was adopted by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Executive Board on April 8, the National Council on Public History (NCPH) Board of Directors on June 3, and the American Historical Association (AHA) Council on June 5, 2010.

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Posted: June 28, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization


NEH Grant Opportunity Deadline September 15

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is offering grants of up to $25,000 for faculty to develop a new undergraduate course that fosters intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. The application deadline is September 15, 2010.

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

Posted: June 28, 2010
Tagged: Grants, News of the Profession


Ferenc “Frank” Szasz

Distinguished OAH member and University of New Mexico Regents’ Professor of History Ferenc “Frank” Szasz passed away Sunday, June 20, at the age of 70. For a complete obituary and brief biography, please visit http://news.unm.edu/2010/06/history-professor-ferenc-szasz-dies/.

The History Department and the UNM Foundation will be sending out an announcement shortly vis a vis the Service of Celebration of Ferenc’s life. The service will be held at the UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel from 2–4 p.m. on Friday, 27 August, with a reception hosted by the History Department directly after.

The announcement will also include contact information for contributions to the Fellowship established in our names. I list that information below, which you are welcome to add to the OAH website:

The Ferenc Morton Szasz and Margaret Connell—Szasz PhD Dissertation Fellowship in History
University of New Mexico
College of Arts & Sciences
MSC03 2120

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Attn: Jeff MacNutt

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Posted: June 28, 2010
Tagged: In Memoriam


The Underground Railroad on the Western Frontier

The fourth annual National Underground Railroad Conference will be held in Topeka, Kansas from July 28–31, 2010. The four-day conference, entitled “Battleground for Freedom: The Underground Railroad on the Western Frontier,” will include renowned speakers, educational workshops, panel discussions, an exhibit hall, a film screening, and tours of local museums and historic sites.

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Posted: June 14, 2010
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, News of the Profession


Luebke receives award for Outstanding Achievement

The Society for German-American Studies awarded its Outstanding Achievement Award for 2010 to Frederick Luebke, Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

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Posted: June 14, 2010
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Library of Congress Seeks Applicants For Kluge Fellowships

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is accepting applications for Kluge Fellowships that offer post-doctoral scholars an opportunity to conduct humanistic and social-science research in the Library’s large and varied collections. The fellowships are awarded for periods of up to 11 months at a stipend of $4,200 per month. Applications must be postmarked by Thursday, July 15, 2010.

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Posted: June 14, 2010
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession


Bell receives Grant

Karen B. Bell received a Research Support Grant from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Harvard University, Schlesinger Library for Women for the 2010-11 academic year.

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Posted: June 8, 2010
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


OAH Nominating Board presents 2010 Election Slate

The OAH Nominating Board announces the slate of nominees for the 2011 OAH Election. Each fall, individual members of the Organization of American Historians cast their ballots in the annual OAH election using the slate of candidates prepared by the OAH Nominating Board. As outlined in Article V of the OAH Constitution, nominating and executive board candidates receiving the highest number of votes then serve a three-year term in office.

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Posted: May 27, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization


Howlett and Lieberman co-edit For the People

Chuck Howlett of Molloy College and Robbie Lieberman of Southern Illinois University have co-edited For the People: A Documentary History of the Struggle for Peace and Justice in the United States (Information Age Publishing).

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Posted: May 24, 2010
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Miami Architecture Guide Published

James F. Donnelly is co-author with Allan Shulman and Randall Robincon of Miami Architecture: An AIA Guide Featuring Downtown, the Beaches, and Coconut Grove. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2010. Link for more information: www.upf.com/index.asp.

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Posted: May 20, 2010
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Brown Publishes Thesis

Lisa Marie Brown published her Master's thesis entitled Posing As Nuns, Passing For White: The Gouley Sisters (Lisa Marie Brown, 2010). The book chronicles the history of three blood sisters who established an order of Catholic nuns for women of color in New Orleans in 1883.

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Posted: May 20, 2010
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


OAH passes Texas Textbook Resolution

The Organization of American Historians supports the efforts of the professionally trained educators of Texas to achieve and maintain a history curriculum that reflects the basic consensus of scholarship.

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Posted: May 12, 2010
Tagged: News of the Organization