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100th Anniversary of National Parks Service
Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service! They are celebrating with free admission to all National Parks August 25th through August 28th. Get out and #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque!
Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Photograph by Carol M. Highsmith. Courtesy Library of Congress.
For more information, visit their site - https://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/birthday-invitation.htm
Posted: August 25, 2016
Civil War Governors of Kentucky Seeks Graduate Research Associates 2016-17
The Kentucky Historical Society seeks eight Graduate Research Associates (GRAs) familiar with 19th century United States history to write short informational entries for the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWG-K). GRAs will receive a stipend of $5,000 each and can work remotely from their home institutions.
Each GRA will annotate 150 assigned documents each. Each GRA must be a graduate student in at least the second year of a M.A. program in history or a related humanities discipline. Preference will be given to candidates who are enrolled in graduate programs at Kentucky universities, though applicants worldwide are encouraged to apply. The stipends are funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a branch of the National Archives.
Visit this link (http://civilwargovernors.org/graduate-research-associates-2016-17/) for more information and application instructions, or contact Tony Curtis at email@example.com.
CWG-K is an annotated, searchable, and freely-accessible online edition of documents associated with the chief executives of the commonwealth, 1860-1865. Yet CWG-K is not solely about the five governors; it is about reconstructing the lost lives and voices of tens of thousands of Kentuckians who interacted with the office of the governor during the war years. CWG-K will identify, research, and link together every person, place, and organization found in its documents. This web of hundreds of thousands of networked nodes will dramatically expand the number of actors in Kentucky and U.S. history, show scholars new patterns and hidden relationships, and recognize the humanity and agency of historically marginalized people. To see the project's work to date, visit discovery.civilwargovernors.org.
Posted: August 24, 2016
WashU Libraries Film & Media Archive Acquires Paradigm Productions Collection
Washington University Libraries' Film & Media Archive has acquired materials related to two films produced by independent documentary company Paradigm Productions. The donation of 53 boxes includes original interviews, photographs, b-roll footage, and research files for two of Paradigm's films, The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It (2000) and Race Is the Place (2005).
Co-directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Tejada-Flores, The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It uncovers the history of American conscientious objectors during World War II, whose nonconformist beliefs resulted in widespread public ridicule, endangerment, and sometimes imprisonment. The PBS-aired film, narrated by actor Ed Asner and featuring interviews with conscientious objectors, received the Organization of American Historians' Erik Barnouw Award for historical filmmaking and the American Historical Association's John E. O'Connor Film Award.
Race Is the Place, directed by Raymond Telles and Tejada-Flores, explores the contours of race, creative expression, and presentation via interviews and performances by such significant names as Amiri Baraka, Michael Franti, Faith Ringgold, Culture Clash, and Mayda del Valle. The documentary premiered on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens in November 2005.
Located in Berkeley, California, Paradigm Productions was founded in 1990 by filmmakers Tejada-Flores and Telles. It produces progressive documentary films with a sensitivity to issues of social justice and inclusion.
Tejada-Flores has worked in television since 1969 and has directed documentaries on such diverse topics as lowriding culture, farmworkers' rights in Honduras, and the life of famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. He also co-directed The Fight in the Fields (1997), which many consider to be the definitive documentary on civil rights activist and organizer Cesar Chavez. Tejada-Flores also served as a producer for the PBS series The Great Depression (1992), a documentary series that is housed in the Film & Media Archive as part of the Henry Hampton Collection. Tejada-Flores has been the recipient of a CINE Golden Eagle and a James Phelan Award for Video.
Telles has spent 25 years in documentary film and television, during which he has produced and directed for Dateline, Nightline, and PBS. He has produced and directed over 30 documentaries, including The Fight in the Fields, which screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997 and aired on PBS. Telles has received many awards, including three Emmy Awards and two CINE Golden Eagles.
All materials in the Paradigm Productions Collection will be available for research to faculty, students, and the public on-site in the Washington University Libraries. Select materials also will be made available online.
About the Film & Media Archive
A unit of Washington University Libraries, the Film & Media Archive collects, preserves, and makes accessible documentary film and other media that chronicle political and social injustice of the 20th century and beyond with an emphasis on the African American experience. The Archive also preserves the documentary filmmaking process in its entirety through the acquisition of production elements and supporting materials, such as original filmed interviews and outtakes, rare stock footage, photographs, producers' research and notes, treatments, scripts, storyboards, and correspondence.
The Archive holds 6,500,000 feet of film, 1,300 linear feet of manuscripts, nearly 20,000 videotapes, over 10,000 audiotapes and reels, and a significant library of books, CDs and DVDs.
The Archive was established in 2001 after the Libraries acquired the collections of Blackside Inc., the largest African-American-owned film production company of its day. Founded by Washington University alumnus Henry Hampton, Blackside produced films on civil rights, democracy, and the arts, including the award-winning series Eyes on the Prize.
For more information, contact Brian Woodman, Curator of Film & Media Archive, at (314) 935-3301 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://library.wustl.edu/washington-university-libraries-film-media-archive-acquires-paradigm-productions-collection/
Posted: August 15, 2016
Fully-funded, full-time, PhD Studentship in History, University of Worcester, UK
Applications are invited for a fully-funded, full-time, PhD studentship at the University of Worcester (UK) in History, aligned with the expertise of one or more of our History researchers. This is one of a number of research projects in competition for one PhD Studentship in History. The project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding.
The USA and World War II: This topic will explore social, political, intellectual and cultural aspects of the United States during World War Two and can address both home and/or war fronts but not military history. Applications considering propaganda (in any medium), psychological warfare, or race and gender are especially encouraged.
Closing date: Monday 6th June 2016
For More Info: https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=73902&LID=3056
Posted: March 24, 2016
Celebrate the Five Year Anniversary of Community Transcription with the Papers of the War Department
Celebrate the five year anniversary of community sourced transcription with the Papers of the War Department 1784-1800 (http://wardepartmentpapers.org). An ongoing innovative documentary editing project, the Papers of the War Department is comprised of 0ver 42,000 digitized manuscript documents made freely accessible on the web by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) (http://chnm.gmu.edu/). In 2011, RRCHNM embarked on the effort to engage the larger community of citizen historians in the process of transcribing these important documents. By transcribing the digitized manuscripts, users contribute to the collection's usability and searchability. March 17, 2016 marks five years since the launch of the community transcription project Papers of the War Department and we are delighted at its success thus far.
After a devastating fire at the United States War Office in 1800, what has been considered the "national archive" of its time was thought lost. The collection was reassembled from scattered fragments found in over 200 diverse repositories before being transferred to the RRCHNM in 2006. These documents are invaluable sources of information on militia and army matters in the Early Republic. The War Department was responsible for frontier diplomacy, Indian affairs, veteran affairs as well as being a considerable commercial goods consumer.
Since inviting members of the community to assist with the transcription effort in 2011, the Papers of the War Department has amassed 2,538 registered users. These users come from varying backgrounds including genealogists, public historians, students and educators from all levels of educational institutions, and members of Native American tribes. With the help from these community transcribers, the Papers of the War Department now has over 1,500 documents transcribed, totaling 6,279 pages. Without the hard work and dedication of our community transcribers, the Papers of the War Department would not have been as successful. We are ecstatic with the contributions the project has received over these first five years and look forward to seeing its continued growth.
The Papers of the War Department was made possible through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
About the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Since 1994, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University has used digital media and computer technology to democratize history—to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past. The Center itself is a democratic, collaborative space where over fifty scholars, technologists, and researchers work together to advance the state of the art. RRCHNM uses digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities, and advance historical education and understanding. Each year RRCHNM's many project websites receive over 20 million visitors, and over a million people rely on its digital tools to teach, learn, and conduct research. Their work has been recognized with major awards and grants from the American Historical Association, National Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Council on Public History, U.S. Department of Education, Library of Congress, Institute of Museum and Library Services, American Council of Learned Societies, and the Mellon, Sloan, Hewlett, Rockefeller, Gould, Delmas, and Kellogg foundations.
Posted: March 24, 2016
New Jersey Studies Journal Debuts
The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC; a division of the New Jersey Department of State) and Rutgers University Libraries (RUL), in partnership with Monmouth University, announce a new journal that will publish the most recent scholarship and educational materials about New Jersey's history and other subjects.
Titled New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, it is available free of charge via the NJHCs website, www.history.nj.gov, and the RUL's New Jersey Digital Highway, http://njs.libraries.rutgers.edu/index.php/njs/index.
The inaugural issue features articles by Michael J. Birkner ("Governing New Jersey: Reflections on the Publication of a Revised and Expanded Edition of The Governors of New Jersey," the text of his keynote presentation at the NJHC's 2013 Annual Conference), Thomas Callahan ("'Slieveroe West': An Irish Neighborhood Moves to New Jersey"), Catherine Hudak ("The Ladies of Trenton: Women's Political and Public Activism in Revolutionary New Jersey"), and Brian Regal ("The Jersey Devil, A Political Animal").
This month's regular features include Joseph Bilby's discussion of the National Guard Militia Museum (in New Jersey Museums and Artifacts), and Annie Gill presents a lesson titled "The New Jersey State Constitution and the U.S. Constitution" (in New Jersey History in the Classroom). The annual feature NJSAA Award-Winning Graduate Student Papers publishes works by Jarrett Drake, Steven Elliott, and Laurie Lahey. There are also reviews of eight recent books about topics in the state's history.
Melissa Ziobro edits NJS. She is an instructor of history at Monmouth University in West Long Branch and has an extensive background in public history, including work in oral history and the history of World War II. Contact Ms. Ziobro for submission guidelines for articles and reviews and for information about NJS in general: email@example.com.
Posted: June 22, 2015
NEH Teacher Workshop: Cultures of Independence
Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom
The workshop will be offered twice: June 21-26 and July 26-July 31
Application deadline: March 2, 2015
Applications are now being accepted for this new NEH-funded teacher workshop. Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776. During each day of a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence. Dr. Charlene Mires, author of Independence Hall in American Memory, will be the scholar-in-residence.
Additional information, along with application materials, is available at https://hsp.org/education/cultures-of-independence-institute or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please indicate NEH Institute in the subject line).
Posted: January 23, 2015
NEH Summer Institute: Voices Across Time
NEH Summer Institute for Teachers: Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song
June 29-July 31, 2015
Application deadline: March 2, 2015
Songs are like time capsules, filled with messages from a moment in history. They're also fun to sing, making them an appealing and effective tool for the classroom. The Center for American Music at the University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Society for American Music (www.american-music.org), is pleased to be offering this five-week summer institute for K-12 teachers at the University of Pittsburgh. This Institute, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will allow 25 secondary school teachers and three graduate students who intend to pursue careers in education, to explore topics in American history through the lens of music. Each week during the Institute we will focus on a broad topic in American history, utilizing popular songs as primary source documents.
Additional information, along with application materials, is available at www.voices.pitt.edu or email: email@example.com (please indicate NEH Institute in the subject line).
Posted: January 14, 2015
The Retrieval Civil War Drama Opens
The award-winning Civil War drama The Retrieval opens in select cities beginning April 2nd, 2014. Director Chris Eska and cast will be participating in Q&As during opening weekends in select cities. Taking place a year after the Emancipation Proclamation, The Retrieval follows Will, (newcomer Ashton Sanders) a boy sent by a bounty hunter gang, to retrieve a wanted freedman (Tishuan Scott) and bring him back to the South. Watch the official trailer.
Posted: March 11, 2014
Television Producer Seeks Historians
Leftfield Pictures, producers of television programming for the History Channel—as well as Bravo, A&E, National Geographic and other networks—is looking for historians of American history and US Military History, to cast for upcoming shows being shot in Las Vegas, Nevada. Interested individuals should contact Ms. Sarah Cowan (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information about Leftfield Pictures, visit www.leftfieldpictures.com.
Posted: April 3, 2013
Chronicling America recently announced the posting of its 5 millionth newspaper page. Launched by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2007, the Chronicling America web site features a searchable database of more than 800 newspapers from 25 states. It is a part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a joint effort between the two agencies and 32 state partners.
Posted: November 5, 2012
The Big History Project
The Big History Project looks at 13.7 billion years of history--from the Big Bang to modernity--and has as one of its goals to reveal common themes and patterns that help students better understand people, civilizations and our place in the universe.
Posted: October 22, 2012
Abraham Lincoln Discussion Symposium
Interested individuals are encouraged to visit and participate in a new online forum, "Abraham Lincoln Discussion Symposium."
Posted: August 21, 2012
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Undergraduate History Journal
The Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Undergraduate History Journal welcomes submissions for publication. The QMUL Undergraduate History Journal is the only published undergraduate history journal within the United Kingdom. For more information contact email@example.com.
Posted: August 21, 2012
Historical Thinking Poster Goes Digital
With links to lessons, primary sources, teaching ideas, and more, TeachingHistory.org's interactive historical thinking poster gives K-12 teachers great tools to help students think like historians. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Teachinghistory.org is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
Posted: August 21, 2012
National Archives Celebrates First Lady Centennials
Throughout 2012, the National Archives will feature programming in celebration of the centennial anniversaries of the births of two former first ladies, Pat Nixon and Lady Bird Johnson. Commemorative events include teacher/student outreach, social media initiatives, and special programs and exhibits at both the Richard Nixon and Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Libraries.
More information is available at: http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/events/first-ladies-centennial/
Posted: June 4, 2012
Gilder Lehrman Institute Releases Essential Questions in American History Videos
The Gilder Lehrman Institute released a collection of short videos with historians answering fundamental questions about American history.
More information is available at: http://vimeo.com/album/1886800
Posted: May 10, 2012
NARA Releases 2011 Federal Records Management Self-Assessment Report
In May 2011, NARA issued the mandatory annual records management self-assessment to federal agencies. The goal of the self-assessments is to determine whether federal agencies are compliant with statutory and regulatory records management requirements.
More information is available at: http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/resources/self-assessment-2011.pdf
Posted: May 10, 2012
NEH Seeks Nominations for 2013 Jefferson Lecture
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites nominations for the 2013 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. NEH’s annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities award recognizes a scholar who has made significant contributions to the humanities and who has the ability to communicate the knowledge and wisdom of the humanities in a broadly appealing way. Deadline for nominations is May 25, 2012.
More information is available at: http://www.neh.gov/about/awards/jefferson-lecture-nominations
Posted: May 10, 2012
Writers Wanted for Historical Documents Studies Project
Salem Press, an imprint of EBSCO Publishing, is soliciting historians to write for a reference series in development that is best defined as historical document studies. We will publish primary source documents with analysis designed for advanced high school (AP) and undergraduate students and their teachers. Our coverage begins with two volumes, 1492-1750 and 1750-1800, and presents selections from journals, diaries, political sermons, slave narratives, political tracts, letters, and other genres on major subjects in the period. We also seek writers for volumes covering the 19th century, which will soon advance to production. An honorarium is available. For more information contact Jim Ryan, Senior Managing Editor, EBSCO Publishing at
Posted: March 23, 2012