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

The Nominating Board announces the 2012 OAH Slate of Candidates

The OAH Nominating Board has announced the slate of candidates for the 2012 OAH election. In addition to voting for three candidates for OAH Executive Board, OAH members will vote for candidates to the OAH Nominating Board. The election opens December 1, 2011 and closes February 1, 2012.

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Posted: August 10, 2011
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OAH Announces New Public History Manager

The Organization of American Historians is pleased to welcome Aidan J. Smith as its Public History Manager. Before arriving at the OAH in August 2009 as assistant editor of the Journal of American History, Smith served as reference librarian at the Southern Historical Collection Manuscripts Department at the Wilson Library housed on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Smith will begin September 1, 2011.

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Posted: August 5, 2011
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Welcome New OAH Distinguished Lecturers

The Organization of American Historians is pleased to welcome forty-seven outstanding historians who have joined the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program for 2011-2012. Visit the Web site for a complete list of this year’s incoming lecturers. If you are looking for a great speaker for your next campus event, workshop, or seminar, the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program is the best way to identify and contact leading historians who can share their expertise with your audience.

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Posted: June 27, 2011
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The Civil War at 150: An OAH Commemorative Project

During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (2011-2015), the OAH is committed to bringing the best current thinking on this complex era to a wide audience. Our commemoration efforts began in March at the OAH Annual Meeting in Houston and continue with the current issue of the OAH Magazine of History, which focuses on the origins of the Civil War. Read more >

We also invite you to visit our “Civil War at 150” Web site where you can listen to a series of podcasts and explore additional resources as we examine the history of the war from its beginnings through its aftermath. Read more >

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Posted: May 10, 2011
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Minutes of the 2011 OAH Annual Business Meeting

Read brief reports from the OAH President, OAH Treasurer, OAH Executive Director, OAH Executive Editor, and OAH Nominating Board chair, at the 2011 annual business meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Houston, Texas.

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Posted: May 9, 2011
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House Introduces Bill to Eliminate TAH Grants

On May 13, 2011, the House of Representatives introduced legislation to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History (TAH) grants program. The bill (H.R. 1891), the “Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act,” would terminate forty-three K-12 federal education programs that the House Republican leadership contends are wasteful, ineffective, and duplicative. The OAH joins the National Coalition for History (NCH) in strongly resisting this legislation. Please check back for information on how to contact your representative to register your opposition. For details of the bill, visit the NCH website.

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Posted: May 9, 2011
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Jay S. Goodgold Appointed OAH Treasurer

On April 15, 2011 the OAH Executive Board voted unanimously to approve the five-year appointment of Jay S. Goodgold as the next treasurer of the Organization of American Historians.

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Posted: April 19, 2011
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OAH Reaches out to its Members in Japan

OAH President Alice Kessler-Harris, the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History at Columbia University, and OAH Executive Director Katherine Finley, contacted OAH members in Japan offering assistance after the devastation caused by the recent natural disaster in their country.

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Posted: April 18, 2011
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Action items from the Spring 2011 OAH Executive Board Meeting

At its spring 2011 meeting held on March 17 at the Hilton Houston-Americas in Houston, Texas, the OAH Executive Board took action on various items on its agenda.

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Posted: April 17, 2011
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Action items from the Fall 2010 OAH Executive Board Meeting

At its fall 2010 meeting at the Hilton Washington in Washington, D.C., on November 13-14, the OAH Executive Board took the following actions:

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Posted: April 16, 2011
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An Open Letter to OAH Members in Wisconsin

In an open letter to Wisconsin members, OAH Past President David Hollinger, the Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History at the University of California, Berkeley, shares his thoughts on the collective bargaining situation in Wisconsin and its impact on the 2012 OAH/NCPH Annual Meeting in Milwaukee.

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Posted: April 14, 2011
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OAH Executive Board Approves Standards for Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Faculty

At its 2011 annual meeting, the OAH Executive Board approved five standards and best practices for how colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education should employ and utilize nontenured and non-tenure-track history faculty.

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Posted: March 31, 2011
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OAH Speaks out on Academic Freedom

The Executive Committee of the Organization of American Historians issued a statement on March 30, 2011, supporting academic freedom and deploring the recent efforts of Wisconsin politicians to intimidate OAH member and professor William Cronon.

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Posted: March 30, 2011
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Save Teaching American History Grants
Contact Your United States Senator Now!

The Organization of American Historians is asking you to email letters to your U.S. Senators as soon as possible regarding saving the Teaching American History (TAH) Grant Program and Civic Education funding (through competitive grants). Legislation is currently being drafted in the Senate that would fund federal programs for the rest of this fiscal year, FY2011.

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Posted: February 18, 2011
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OAH Launches Online Career Center

The OAH is pleased to announce the opening of the OAH Career Center, a new benefit for OAH members. Individuals wishing to make professional career connections may browse available jobs, or use advanced search tools to target positions by keyword, location, and other criteria. To get started, visit:

More information is available at: http://careers.oah.org/

Posted: February 16, 2011
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OAH Seeks New Treasurer

Applications and nominations are now welcome for the office of Treasurer of the OAH. The late Robert Griffith, who served admirably in the post, was forced by illness to resign effective January 1, 2011. Jay Goodgold is serving as Interim Treasurer until a new Treasurer can be found.

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Posted: February 16, 2011
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Minutes: 2010 OAH Business Meeting

The OAH President presides at the annual business meeting of the Organization of American Historians, which takes place each spring during the annual convention. In addition to hearing reports from the president, executive director, treasurer, executive editor, and nominating board, the membership welcomes to office the newly-elected officers and board members. Read the minutes from the meeting at

More information is available at: http://www.oah.org/about/papers/reports/

Posted: February 8, 2011
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2011 OAH Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2011 OAH Election. This year’s ballot also included a referendum on proposed changes to the OAH Constitution which passed by an overwhelming margin. Total ballots cast in the 2011 OAH Election: 1,718 (21.8%). Please join us in congratulating our new officers and board members whose terms begin after the 2011 OAH Business Meeting in Houston, Texas, Saturday March 19. View Results >

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Posted: February 8, 2011
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Publishing Begins with Oxford University Press

January 2011 marks the beginning of the OAH's publishing partnership with Oxford University Press. In addition to publishing the Journal of American History and the OAH Magazine of History each quarter, Oxford University Press will assume the online hosting of both titles from the History Cooperative. Follow this link to access the December 2010 issue of the Journal of American History online:

More information is available at: http://www.journalofamericanhistory.org/issues/972/

Posted: February 2, 2011
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OAH Treasurer Steps Down

Robert Griffith has resigned as OAH Treasurer for reasons of health, effective January 1. OAH President David Hollinger has appointed Jay Goodgold as interim OAH Treasurer. Goodgold will serve until a search for a new Treasurer has been conducted. In announcing this transition, Hollinger expressed his gratitude to Griffith for his dedicated service as Treasurer and expert supervision of the OAH’s finances during his tenure. “Bob has been an exemplary Board member in every way,” said Hollinger, “and a Treasurer of rare wisdom and technical acuity.”

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Posted: January 22, 2011
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