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Stay up to date with news of the Organization of American Historians through our “News of the Organization” section.

2017 Election Results

The OAH thanks the entire slate of candidates who participated in the election. We are pleased to announce the 2017 results.

OAH PRESIDENT
Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond

OAH PRESIDENT-ELECT
Earl Lewis, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

OAH VICE PRESIDENT
Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University

OAH EXECUTIVE BOARD
Lu Ann Jones, National Park Service
T. J. Stiles, Independent Scholar
Martha S. Jones, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

OAH NOMINATING BOARD
Serena R. Zabin, Carleton College
Barbara Krauthamer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Kariann Akemi Yokota, University of Colorado, Denver

Posted: February 24, 2017
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AASLH-OAH Webinar Collaboration

The OAH is pleased to announce a new collaborative effort with the American Association for State and Local History--"History Crash Course" webinars. OAH member and Distinguished Lecturer Jennifer Keene will lead the inaugural webinar on World War I on March 28. This 90-minute webinar is free to attend.

Learn more about the webinar and register here.

Posted: February 24, 2017
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Executive Board Action Items - Fall 2016 Meeting

At its fall 2016 meeting, held October 29 -30 in Chicago, the OAH Executive Board took the following actions:

Posted: February 24, 2017
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2017 OAH Business Meeting

Any member who would like a resolution to be presented at the OAH Business Meeting, must submit the resolution to Katherine Finley, OAH Executive Director, and to the OAH Parliamentarian by February 22, 2017. The resolution must be signed by fifty (50) members in good standing. If these conditions are met, then the OAH membership will be notified via electronic communication thirty (30) days in advance that this resolution will be presented at the OAH Business Meeting.

Posted: February 22, 2017
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OAH Endorses AHA Statement on Executive Order

The Executive Board of the OAH has endorsed and joined with the American Historical Association in its statement opposing President Trump's January 27 executive order. The AHA statement can be read here. Statements by ACLS Member Societies can be accessed here. Thirty AHA affiliated history organizations have done likewise and over thirty ACLS Member Societies have also spoken out against this presidential order. It is the Executive Board's hope that OAH members will be called upon to provide historical perspective for policy makers in the face of conflicting viewpoints over current events.

Posted: February 20, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Executive Board Creates New Initiative

The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, with support and guidance from the OAH Executive Board, has framed a new initiative in these fractious times. More than 80 OAH Distinguished Lecturers stand ready to speak about the deep historical roots of a variety of divisive issues revealed by the 2016 presidential race and the election of Donald J. Trump.

We invite all OAH members to host one or more of these speakers in the coming months and to introduce this resource to campus or community groups seeking to foster dialogue and to advance critical thinking about both past and present.

Contact lectureship program coordinator Annette Windhorn, awindhorn@oah.org, for more information or to start an invitation.

Posted: February 19, 2017
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OAH Receives Mellon Grant for 2018 Annual Meeting

The Organization of American Historians recently received a two-year, $150,000 grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to increase the reach of the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting.

The OAH Amplified Initiative will broaden the meeting's audience and continue conversations beyond the walls of the in-person meeting. The Mellon grant will allow the work presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting to become available to a broader audience, allowing instructors to engage with new ideas in their classrooms and researchers to access and cite the scholarship presented. Digital audio recordings of the sessions will provide the foundation for this amplified meeting initiative.

The OAH is excited to provide this opportunity to amplify the work of historians both inside the historical community and beyond it.

Read more about the grant and the changes to the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting here.

Posted: February 17, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence Deadline Approaching

Make a nomination today!

Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked/submitted by January 25, 2017. The annual Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History recognizes excellence in historical projects for, by, and with the National Park Service, and is intended to honor projects, parks, or programs that make the NPS a leader in promoting public understanding of and engagement with American history.

http://www.oah.org/programs/awards/stanton-horton-award/

Posted: January 11, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, Awards and Prizes


NCH Intervenes to Preserve History Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center

This summer, the NCH became aware that the history office at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) was likely to be defunded and closed at the end of the 2016 fiscal year on September 30. The NCH working collaboratively with the OAH, the AHA and the Society for History in the Federal Government was able to convince NASA leadership to provide the funding necessary to keep the JSC office open with the resources it needs to be fully staffed and maintain the same excellent level of service to the historical community and the public. For more information, click here.

Posted: November 4, 2016
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Tachau Teacher of the Year Award

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER 1, 2016

The Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians in recognition of the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education within the field of American history. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and/or students, memorializes the career of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, University of Louisville, for her pathbreaking efforts to build bridges between university and precollegiate history teachers.

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Posted: October 31, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes, News of the Organization


Journal of American History Executive Editor Named

The OAH is pleased to announce that Benjamin H. Irvin, associate professor at the University of Arizona, has been named the new Executive Editor of the Journal of American History and associate professor in the department of history at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors (2011). Irvin has worked on the editorial boards or staffs of Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life, History Compass, and the Journal of American History. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians.

Irvin will begin his term as Executive Editor of the Journal of American History in August 2017.

Posted: October 14, 2016
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Reminder - 2017 OAH Election Information

2017 Slate of Candidates

OAH President: Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond
OAH President-Elect: Earl Lewis, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
OAH Vice President: Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University

Executive Board Pair 1:
Lu Ann Jones, National Park Service
Jamil S. Zainaldin, Georgia Humanities

Executive Board Pair 2:
Daniel Okrent, Independent Scholar
T. J. Stiles, Independent Scholar

Executive Board Pair 3:
Adrienne D. Davis, Washington University in St. Louis
Martha S. Jones, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Nominating Board Pair 1: Jennifer M. Spear, Simon Fraser University
Serena R. Zabin, Carleton College

Nominating Board Pair 2:
Barbara Krauthamer, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin

Nominating Board Pair 3:
Kariann Akemi Yokota, University of Colorado Denver
David Sehat, Georgia State University

Notes about the Election

One hundred voting members of the Organization may present a petition for an additional candidate for any office open for election, such petition to be presented to the Executive Director by October 15. The names of persons so nominated shall be placed on the official ballot, being identified as "candidate by petition." The ballot shall also contain a space where members may suggest candidates for the following year.

Voting for the 2017 OAH Election will open December 1, 2016, and will be entirely online.

Please contact us at oah@oah.org with any questions.

Posted: October 14, 2016
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OAH President Nancy Cott on Texas Textbook Controversy

OAH President Nancy Cott, on behalf of the OAH Executive Committee, has joined with other scholars, concerned citizens, and the American Historical Association to raise objections to the proposed Mexican American Studies textbook under consideration by the Texas State Board of Education. Her letter can be read here.

The textbook, proposed in response to activist efforts to include Mexican American studies as part of the Texas history curriculum, has come under fire from teachers, activists, law makers, and scholars. An Ad Hoc Committee convened by the Texas Board of Education as part of a customary review process submitted its 54-page "Report on a Proposed Social Studies Special Topic Textbook, Mexican American Heritage," on September 6, which details the numerous factual inaccuracies and offensive stereotypes found in the text.

If the Texas State Board of Education agrees that there are errors, the publisher, Momentum Instruction, will be given an opportunity to address them prior to the board vote. The Texas State Board of Education will decide after the election in November whether the textbook will be adopted for the 2017-2018 school year.

Posted: September 30, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


The Germany Residency Program

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 3, 2016.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the OAH International Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of the Residency Program in American History—Germany (Germany Residency Program) at the University of Tübingen.

The committee seeks applications from OAH members who are established scholars affiliated with an American or Canadian University interested in leading an advanced undergraduate/graduate student seminar focusing on one aspect of U.S. History.

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Posted: September 18, 2016
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The Japan Residencies Program

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by October 3, 2016.

In cooperation with and support from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the OAH and the Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) plan to send two American scholars to Japanese universities for two-week residencies in the summer of 2017, pending funding.

The committee seeks applications from OAH members who are established American scholars affiliated with an American or Canadian university interested in teaching advanced undergraduates and graduate students in seminars and courses focusing on the U.S. History topics requested by the host institutions.

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Posted: September 17, 2016
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The Department of Black Studies, University of Missouri: 2016 Black Studies Fall Conference

On October 14-15, 2016, the Department of Black Studies, University of Missouri, Columbia campus, will host its annual Black Studies Fall Conference to explore the theme of Black Resistance in the Americas: Slavery and its Aftermath. The conference will be an international gathering of scholars, activists, and students, who will explore the factors of both historical and contemporary black resistance in the Americas, and reflect on the approaches for addressing the concerns of contemporary social justice movements against racial inequality.

This event is FREE and Open to the public. The keynote address, "We Fight!" Red Tails, Black Soldiers, and the Civil Rights Movement will be given by OAH Distinguished Lecturer Prof. Carol Anderson, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and Chair of African American Studies, Emory University, Atlanta.

2016 Black Studies Fall Conference Flyer

2016 Black Studies Fall Conference Program

Posted: September 16, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Friend of History Award

NOMINATION DEADLINE: October 3, 2016

First given in 2005, the Friend of History Award recognizes an institution or organization, or an individual working primarily outside college or university settings, for outstanding support of historical research, the public presentation of American history, or the work of the OAH. Recipients will be selected by the OAH Executive Committee from nominations that should include a statement of no more than five pages describing the nominee's distinguished contributions and, if for an individual, a CV of no more than five pages.

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Posted: September 16, 2016
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Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award

NOMINATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 3, 2016

The OAH Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award is presented each year to an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history.

Those eligible for this award include scholars, teachers, writers, public historians and officeholders who have shaped or deepened our sensitivity to the past.

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Posted: September 15, 2016
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National Park Service's Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Annual Conference

The OAH is pleased once again to partner with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Annual Conference, which will be held this year June 13-16, 2016.

More information about this year's meeting, including a schedule and registration information, can be found at: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/annual-conference.htm

Posted: May 24, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Introducing Organizational Partnerships

The OAH is pleased to announce a new initiative and invites history organizations and departments to Partner with us.The OAH's Partnership program is our latest project designed to strengthen our long-standing support of those who research, teach, and practice in the field of U.S. history. When you become a Partner with the OAH, you align your organization's voice with that of a vibrant, diversified, and growing group of history professionals to advocate for the support of history, history education, and all history practitioners.

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Posted: May 12, 2016
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