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

Announcing OAH Crossroads - an online community for U.S. historians

The OAH Annual Meeting Crossroads, in partnership with H-net, is an online forum where U.S. historians can collaborate to form panels for upcoming Annual Meetings, connect ahead of the conference to find room or travel mates, or converse about the profession.

As opposed to a traditional H-net network, Crossroads posts OAH related conversations from other H-net area specific networks on one page. So, if you are searching for collaborators in H-AfroAm then, by using certain keywords, it will show up in OAH Crossroads making it easier for potential Annual Meeting participants to find.

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Posted: July 12, 2017
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia, News of the Organization


2018 OAH Annual Meeting Decisions Now Posted

Decisions for the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12-14, are now posted. If you were included in a proposal, please log into the OAH User portal. The notifications will be at the top of the user portal home page. If you have logged in and do not see your notice, please contact meetings@oah.org to ensure we are using your correct account information. All participants of a pending accept must complete their speaker agreement by July 1 to finalize their acceptance.

We look forward to a very exciting conference in 2018!

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Posted: May 31, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


2017 National Underground Railroad Conference – Please Join Us!

The OAH is pleased to be partnering once again with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Program to help support the NPS National Underground Railroad Conference.
This year's conference, "On the Edge of Freedom: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in the Borderlands," will be held in Cambridge, Maryland, May 18-21, 2017. 

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Posted: April 25, 2017
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia


Edward L. Ayers Begins Term as OAH President

Edward L. Ayers began his term as the president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for 2017-2018 on April 8.

Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond.

"The OAH has been doing important work for over a century," Ayers said, "and plays a critical role in the nation today. We will be undertaking ambitious projects in the coming year, so I hope people will stay tuned."

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Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


OAH Executive Committee Issues Statement in Support of NEH and NEA

The following statement was unanimously approved by the OAH Executive Committee on March 29, 2017:

The Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians strongly urges the U.S. Congress to include funding for the National Endowment of the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts at similar or higher levels than in the past in the upcoming national budget. We urge the Congress to resist efforts to defund and eliminate these essential agencies, which have been crucial in bringing the benefits of the arts and humanities to the American public for over a half-century. The Organization of American Historians applauds the way that communities across the United States—in every state and every district—have shared in the excitement of learning about their own histories through the collaboration of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Posted: March 29, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Executive Board Action Items - Fall 2016 Meeting

At its fall 2016 meeting, the OAH Executive Board took action on eight items. The full list can be viewed here.

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Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


2017 Election Results

The OAH is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 election. Newly elected officers and board members will begin their terms this spring. The results can be viewed here.

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Posted: February 24, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


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
Tagged: News of the Organization


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.

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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. Thirty AHA affiliated history organizations have done likewise and over thirty ACLS Member Societies have also spoken out against this presidential order.

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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.

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Posted: February 19, 2017
Tagged: News of the Organization


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.

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

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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/

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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
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


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. 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.

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Posted: October 14, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Reminder - 2017 OAH Election Information

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.

2017 Slate of Candidates

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Posted: October 14, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization


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.

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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
Tagged: News of the Organization


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
Tagged: News of the Organization