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Severe Weather Closes OAH Offices

Due to extremely cold winter temperatures in Southern Indiana, the OAH offices will remain closed through Tuesday, January 6. Read more > 

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Posted: January 6, 2014
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OAH Releases 2013 Annual Report

The OAH is pleased to share with you its 2013 OAH Annual Report. The annual report includes reports from the president, executive director, executive editor, and treasurer, as well as updates from major departments and programs within the organization. Read more >

Posted: December 19, 2013
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OAH Executive Board Issues Statement on Dissertation Embargoes

At its fall meeting in Atlanta, Georgia November 16-17, 2013, the executive board of the Organization of American Historians discussed the issue of temporary "embargoes" on newly completed PhD dissertations. Subsequent to its meeting, the board issued a statement. Read report >

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Posted: December 17, 2013
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OAH Recognized for Innovative Marketing Plan

The  recognized the OAH at its 2013 STAR Awards Ceremony on December 12 for the best "Innovative Membership Marketing Program" for an Indiana association. The award was given for our program to recruit student and younger members into the organization. The program includes the new OAH sponsored membership program, the development of several career tools--including the Career COACH® (Creating Opportunities for Advancing our Community of Historians) Web site--the recent mentorship program, as well as new member benefits.

Posted: December 17, 2013
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Actions of the OAH Executive Board, Fall 2013

At its fall 2013 meeting held at the Hilton Atlanta on November 16-17, the OAH Executive Board took the following actions. Read report >

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Posted: December 13, 2013
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OAH Executive Board Issues Statement on Dissertation Embargoes

At its fall meeting in Atlanta, Georgia November 16-17, 2013, the executive board of the Organization of American Historians discussed the issue of temporary "embargoes" on newly completed PhD dissertations and issued the following statement.

Posted: December 13, 2013
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Balloting Now Open for the 2014 OAH Election

The online balloting system for the OAH 2014 Election is now open. OAH members have received an e-mail containing voting instructions and a direct link (with an embedded access code) to the system. The election closes on January 31, 2014Read details >

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Posted: December 5, 2013
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OAH Mourns the Passing of Michael G. Kammen

Michael G. KammenThe OAH is saddened to learn of the passing of Michael G. Kammen. He died on November 29 2013 at the age of 77. He served as president of the Organization of American Historians from 1995 to 1996. Kammen was the Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture (emeritus) at Cornell University, where he taught from 1965 until 2008. Read more >

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Posted: December 2, 2013
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Teach American History in Japan

Tokyo Metropolitan UniversityThe University of the Ryukyus and Tokyo Metropolitan University (pictured) will serve as hosts for the 2014 OAH-JAAS Japan Residencies Program. Now in its eighteenth year, the residency program sends two American historians to Japanese universities for two-week residencies. During their residencies, the American historians give lectures and seminars in English in their specialty. Application deadline is Monday, December 2Learn more >

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Posted: November 20, 2013
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2014 Louis Pelzer Award

Louis PelzerThe OAH Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Committee of the Organization of American Historians  invites candidates for graduate degrees to submit essays for the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award competition. Essays may deal with any period or topic in the history of the United States. The winning essay will be published in the JAH. In addition, the OAH presents $500 to the winner. The deadline for entries for the 2013 competition is December 2, 2013Learn more >

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Posted: November 4, 2013
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Registration is Now Open for the 2014 OAH Annual Meeting

2014 OAH Annual MeetingRegistration is now open for the 2014 OAH Annual Meeting, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, April 10-13. Join us at the Hilton Atlanta for four days of networking, education, tours, and special events at the OAH Annual Meeting. We have added new and exciting features to help you easily connect with colleagues, stay updated on the latest research, and get tips on best practices. Learn more and register today! > 

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Posted: November 4, 2013
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November 1 is the Deadline for the OAH China Residency Program

With generous funding from the Ford Foundation, the Organization of American Historians and the American History Research Association of China (AHRAC) are cosponsoring a teaching seminar in June 2014 at the American Studies Center at Beijing Foreign Studies University in the People's Republic of China. The deadline is November 1Apply today!

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Posted: October 28, 2013
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OAH Lecturer Laurel Ulrich Speaks at CNU

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich speaks at CNU, September 2013OAH Distinguished Lecturer Laurel Thatcher Ulrich spoke on the topic, “Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History,” at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, in September.

Professor Ulrich, a former MacArthur Fellow, is the author of many articles and books on early American history, including A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (1990), which won the Pulitzer Prize. (Photo courtesy Jesse Hutcheson, CNU Office of Communications and Public Relations.)

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Posted: October 10, 2013
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Acting Editor Chosen for New OAH Publication

William GillisOctober 7, 2013. Please join us in welcoming William Gillis as the acting editor for the new OAH membership publication currently in development. Gillis, who received his PhD from the Indiana University School of Journalism with a minor in American Studies, has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and reporter for more than a dozen years.

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Posted: October 8, 2013
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OAH Partners with Historic Hotels of America®

Explore the nation's past through memorable travel destinations! The OAH is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Historic Hotels of America® to offer our members access to the National Trust for Historic Preservation Member rate (a savings of 10% to 50% off the best available rates at participating hotels). Whether you are planning a weekend get away or a week-long research trip, log in to the OAH member portal to take advantage of this newest membership benefit!

Posted: October 3, 2013
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Contingent Historians Profiled in new OAH Report

The employment situation for contingent historians remains inadequate despite those scholars’ strong professional credentials and deep commitment to teaching, according to a new report prepared by the New York University adjunct professor of continuing and professional studies Edward Reiner and the market researcher Catherine Walton on behalf of the OAH. Read more >

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Posted: September 3, 2013
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OAH Responds to Recent Concerns of Academic Freedom

July 25, 2013. The Organization of American Historians has received a letter from Purdue University faculty members, many of whom are OAH members, regarding statements made by Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., during his term as Indiana governor about the use of Howard Zinn's history textbook (A People's History of the United States) in K-12 classes in Indiana, which he has recently defended and reiterated as Purdue University President. The OAH supports the academic and intellectual freedom of all faculty members, principles articulated in the letter from Purdue University colleagues. The OAH regards the current episode as a "teachable moment" when instructors in American history at every level have the opportunity to convey to our students how historians debate ideas and assess the merit of each others' written work. We invite members to contact us with their account of classroom exercises and discussion questions that they have used, or intend to use in class, to promote discussion of such issues. We promise to post as many of them as we can on our website to encourage open discussion.

Alan M. Kraut, OAH President and Katherine M. Finley, OAH Executive Director

Background Reading (last updated: Friday, August 2, 2013)

Posted: July 25, 2013
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OAH Nominating Board announces 2014 Slate of Candidates

The nominating board has announced the slate of candidates for the 2014 OAH election. In addition to voting for three candidates for executive board, OAH members will vote for candidate to the nominating board as well. Balloting begins in December. Read more >

Posted: May 28, 2013
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Upcoming OAH Annual Meetings

Save the dates for the following upcoming OAH Annual Meetings.

2014—Atlanta GA
Thursday April 10 to Sunday, April 13
Hilton Atlanta
Read the 2014 Call for Proposals (pdf)
2015—St. Louis MO
Thursday April 16 to Sunday, April 19
Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel and America's Center
2016—Providence RI
Thursday April 7 to Sunday, April 10
Westin Providence

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Posted: May 7, 2013
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Actions of the OAH Executive Board, Spring 2013

The OAH Executive Board took action on items placed on its April agenda. These items included: approving a budget for fiscal year 2014; establishing criteria for endorsing amici curiae (“friend of the court”) filings; establishing a committee for the David Montgomery Book Prize in American labor and working-class history; modifying the membership dues structure; and other matters. Read more >

Posted: April 29, 2013
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