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“News of the Profession” includes announcements of special interest to American historians and practitioners at all levels. Please submit your announcement using this form.

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


OAH President Nancy Cott's Letter to Lincoln University

Several months ago, the OAH learned that the Board of Curators at Lincoln University decided to deactivate its history degree programs, thereby preventing students from enrolling in these programs. In response to this news, OAH President Nancy Cott sent a letter to Lincoln University President Dr. Kevin D. Rome Sr. urging the Board of Curators to reconsider their decision.

On Thursday, September 29, the OAH heard that LU Faculty Senate members have supported a "no confidence vote" on the work of Said Sewell, the university's provost and vice president for academic affairs. The Jefferson, Missouri, News Tribune noted that OAH had urged the university to reverse its decision and reactivate its program quickly. President Cott's letter was heavily cited in the newspaper article, which you can read here (http://www.newstribune.com/news/story/story/2016/Sep/29/curators-history-degree-decision-questioned/642415/)

Posted: September 29, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


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


NEH Announces $79 Million for Nearly 300 Humanities Projects and Programs Nationwide

In its 50th anniversary year, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $79 million in grants for 290 humanities projects and programs across the United States. The grants will be awarded in 14 humanities fields or areas and also include $42.8 million in annual operating support for the national network of state and local humanities councils.

The grants will support a wide range of efforts in the humanities. For example, Bowdoin College professor Matthew Klingle is one of 30 grantees in the Public Scholar program. Klingle will receive funding in support of scholarly research for "Sweet Blood," a forthcoming book geared to a general audience about the history of diabetes from the late 19th century to the present. Matthew Klingle is an OAH member as well as an OAH Distinguished Lecturer.

In Hawaii, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum – which with 25 million objects in its holdings is one the largest resources for ethnological and biological studies about Hawaii and the Pacific Islands – received a grant to plan for improved environmental storage conditions of a collection of more than one million archaeological artifacts. And in Washington, DC, Women in Film & Video received a development grant for a forthcoming documentary about contributions of African-American diplomats during the Cold War.

In Wyoming, where the state humanities council received operating support, one of the council's signature programs is an ongoing series on the history of refugee resettlement in the state and the country. It features readings, discussions, and panelists made up of scholars and educators on the topic.

Next Generation PhD, a new grant program, is being awarded to 28 colleges and universities. These grants support a transformation of how PhD candidates in the humanities study for their degrees and are prepared for a broader range of careers at the conclusion of their often years-long, intensely academic graduate school experiences.

NEH is an independent federal agency that funds humanities projects in fields such as art history, literature, philosophy and archaeology. Created in 1965, NEH awards grants three times a year to top-rated proposals as examined by panels of independent reviewers.

"NEH grants help bring humanities experiences to Americans across the country," said Chairman William D. Adams. "Our funding supports museums, libraries and cultural institutions, and the local state councils that create and sustain humanities programs in their communities. Through films, original research, and new intellectual insights, our grants strengthen the nation's cultural fabric and identity."

Institutions, scholars, and humanities organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories will receive NEH support.

A full list of grants by geographic location is available - click here for a PDF.

Posted: August 10, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Carla Hayden Confirmed as 14th Librarian of Congress

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation's 14th Librarian of Congress on July 13, 2016. Dr. Hayden the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. View her confirmation testimony here.

Posted: July 19, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


National History Day Seeks Teachers for WWII Project

NHD is seeking 18 experienced educators for a journey to San Francisco, Honolulu, and Manila to research and develop classroom materials for WWII. The travel for this program is fully funded for the teachers, they only have to pay to get to Washington, D.C. Travel overseas, room and board, and courses are all paid for. Deadline for applications is September 2, 2016.

Read more here. 

Posted: July 19, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


American Library Association and Bazan ED Seek Volunteers

ALA and Bazan ED seek historians knowledgeable about the slave trade in America to volunteer to conduct a free public lecture on the topic of Slaver, Resistance, and Abolition. This free public lecture series will take place at libraries, museums, and schools throughout the United States between August 21 and October 30, 2016, and is inspired by the new film "The Birth of a Nation," which depicts Nat Turner's rebellion.

Click here for more information or to volunteer.

Posted: July 19, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


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


Advocacy Alert - Northern Illinois University Press

Following the completion of a year-long program prioritization task force, Northern Illinois University Press is facing an uncertain future. They are seeking scholars familiar with the press to write to the University by May 23. Comments can be based on your individual experience with the Press or with your scholarly assessment of their work.

Share your thoughts here. 

Posted: May 18, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Theme Sessions on the Gulf South in Peace and War

October 13-15, 2016

Mobile, Alabama

The Gulf South History and Humanities Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Gulf South Historical Association, a consortium of Gulf South colleges and universities from the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

Years ending in "6" have frequently marked times of transition between peace and war: 1819, 1866, 1916, and 1946 in particular. The 34th Annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, hosted by the University of South Alabama, welcomes all researchers and scholars to propose papers on such liminal periods, but all topics, panels, roundtables, performances, and workshops, exploring all aspects of the history, ethnography, archaeology, development, and cultures of the Gulf South and Circum-Caribbean are encouraged. 

The registration fee includes a Thursday evening reception at the Admiral Hotel, all conference sessions, and a free one-year membership in the Association. Tickets for the banquet, annual keynote address, and a courtesy cocktail reception are all included in the additional banquet fee. 

Proposals must be postmarked by the July 15, 2016 submission deadline. To submit an individual paper, send a Word document attachment containing a title, 150 word abstract and one-page vita. To submit for the theme panel, send a Word document attachment containing a title and brief (150 word) description of the theme, 150 word absract for each paper, a one-page vita for each presenter and the suggested chair/discussant. To submit for the roundtable forums or discussions, send a Word document attachment containing a title and brief (150 word) description of the topic and a complete list of the participants and moderator/discussant with one-page vitas.

All submissions should be sent via email to the program chair, Dr. Donald DeVore, at ddvore@southalabama.edu. Please put "2016 Gulf South Paper" in the email subject line. Or, send a hard copy to Dr. Donald DeVore, Department of History, 5991 USA Drive North, Room 334, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688. Expect an email confirmation once your submission has been received.

For hotel reservations, contact The Admiral Hotel at http://group.curiocollection.com/GulfSouthHistoryandHumanitiesConference or 251-432-8000 (844-442-8746 toll-free). Conference room rates are $99.00/night, single or double occupancy. Please book before 12 September 2016 to guarantee the conference rate. 

Posted: March 29, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


National History Day Graduate Courses for Teachers 2016-17

Introduction to Project-Based Learning Through the NHD Curriculum Framework 

Graduate credits offered through the University of San Diego

The following courses require either five years of NHD experience or completion of the Introduction to Project-Based Learning Course:

Developing Websites to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills

Conducting Historical Research in the NHD Model

Developing Exhibits to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills 

Writing and Editing for NHD

Developing Documentaries to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills 

Developing Performances to Facilitate Historical Thinking Skills

For More Information: nhd.org/OnlineEducation

Posted: March 28, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

OAH member Patrick B. Miller has recently been named the 2016-2017 Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki, where he will guide courses in the Program for North American Studies/Department of World Cultures.

Posted: March 8, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


U.S. History Scene

U.S. History Scene, a multimedia history education project founded by Harvard historians, is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate applicants for its Summer 2016 Historical Writing and Research Internship Program. Interns will gain valuable writing and publishing skills through the process of writing, submitting, and editing original multimedia research articles, book reviews, and classroom lesson plans.

All interns will work one-on-one with our Editorial Board to gain experience in primary source research, editing, and publishing. Internships are unpaid, but we will assist interns in applying for stipends or university credit. Internships can be performed via telecommute from your home university.

To apply: Interested undergraduates and graduate students should submit a resume/ CV, unofficial transcript, and a writing sample to Executive Editor Jennifer Ostwinkle at Editors@USHistoryScene.com by April 1, 2016. Applicants are asked to submit a list of five original topics they would be interested in working on; these topics are not binding, but help us understand applicants' research interests. Applicants will be notified of their application decision by April 22, 2016.
For more information, please contact Jennifer at Editors@USHistoryScene.com. Please feel free to forward our e-mail to your department list serve or interested students.

Posted: February 26, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Federal Funding for History Holds Steady

By Lee White

On December 18, 2015, Congress approved a $1.15 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2016. The vote in the House was 316–113; in the Senate, it was 65–33. President Obama signed the bill into law (PL 114-113) the same day.

Across the board, our programs generally were either level-funded or received small increases this fiscal year compared to last. Funding has become a constant issue in recent years, but the fact that our interests survived intact should be considered a victory in this budget climate. Here are some highlights:

Of particular note is level funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The original appropriations bill considered in the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee would have cut NHPRC's FY '16 budget by 40 percent from the FY '15 level of $5 million to $3 million. This crisis allowed NCH to work with the contacts gained from the History Caucus, and the cut was rescinded at the House Appropriations Committee markup. The NHPRC was the only program in the entire bill to have funding restored. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) received $7.3 million in its operating expenses budget.

In addition, level funding for the Title VI and Fulbright-Hays International Education programs should also be considered a major accomplishment. In August, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $25 million (35 percent) reduction for these programs. We worked closely with our allies at the National Humanities Alliance and the Coalition for International Education to successfully advocate against these potentially devastating cuts. In the omnibus FY '16 budget both Title VI ($65.1 million) and Fulbright-Hays ($7.2 million) received level funding.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received a nearly $2 million funding increase, to $147.9 million. This amounts to the first increase in the NEH's budget in the past six years.
The Smithsonian Institution received $21 million more than last year. The Library of Congress will receive a $9 million increase this fiscal year and has seen a $21 million increase over the past two fiscal years. The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) received a modest $2.2 million increase.

The Historic Preservation Fund at the National Park Service received a $9 million increase. However, $8 million of that funding is dedicated to a new grant program to preserve Civil Rights Movement historic sites.

In February, the FY '17 appropriations process begins anew. NCH and the historical community will have an additional challenge in ensuring that the new K–12 history and civics education programs that were authorized in the Every Student Succeeds Act are fully funded in their first fiscal year.

Lee White is executive director of the National Coalition for History.

Posted: February 26, 2016
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Profession


Urge the House to Fund K-12 History and Civics Education

In December, President Obama signed into law a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The "Every Student Succeeds Act" restored funding for K-12 history and civics education that was eliminated five years ago. Unfortunately, when the President's budget request was released on February 9 it did not include appropriations for the major new program source of funding for history and civics.

Left unfunded was a competitive grant program for non-profit organizations to develop and disseminate innovative approaches to provide high quality instruction in American history and civics for under-served students.

Representatives Ross (R-FL) and Graham (D-FL) have circulated a "Dear Colleague" letter to all Members of the House of Representatives, inviting them to sign a letter to the House Appropriations Committee asking for funds for these competitive grants.

The OAH and the National Coalition for History (NCH) urgently needs you to contact your representative and ask him or her to sign the Ross/Graham "Dear Colleague" letter supporting funding for history and civics education. Click here to see a copy of the letter.

How to Contact Your Representative

Please call or email your House member's office and urge them to support federal funding for history and civics education. To contact your representative, you can use one of these two options. No matter which means of communication you choose, please personalize your message as to your background or interest in history. If you are employed in the education field, especially as a K-12 teacher, mention the institution where you work in your congressional district.

Make a phone call. All Members of Congress can be reached through the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121. If you feel comfortable doing so, a personal phone call is preferable to an email. If you are not sure who your Representative is you can follow this link to the House's website.
Then enter your zip code which will provide a link to your Member's website. Ask the receptionist for the name of the staffer who handles education funding. Then ask to leave a voice mail, or for the email address of that staffer.

Send an email. The NCH, working with our colleagues at the National Humanities Alliance, has prepared a one-step link to your House member. You simply enter your address and the system identifies your representative. We've provided an email template that can be edited to personalize your message. The message not only goes to your Member's email, but their Twitter account and Facebook page as well.

Posted: February 18, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy


MAC 2016 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students

Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) is soliciting applications for the 2016 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession as a whole. Two $750 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latino decent; must be a student currently enrolled in or accepted in a graduate, multicourse program in archival administration; and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her academic program. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education, http://www2.archivists.org/dae, the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution's current departmental catalog. Applicants are not required to be residents of or attend school in the MAC region.

Applications are available from the Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students Committee Chair.

Alison Stankrauff
Archivist and Associate Librarian
Indiana University South Bend
574 – 520 - 4392
astankra@iusb.edu

And from the MAC Web site, http://www.midwestarchives.org.

Applying for the Archie Motley Scholarship has gotten easier with our new online application form.

Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2016.
Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2016.

Posted: January 29, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


AEF Visiting Professor Program 2016

Application deadline is Friday, February 12, 2016.

Background
The VPP is a two-week fellowship for professors of advertising, marketing, communications and the liberal arts. In 2015, 13 professors were hosted by advertising agencies in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and New York City. Whether a professor is placed with an agency, a marketing or media company depends upon his/her area of expertise. The number of placements in the VPP depends upon the number of companies willing to host a professor. Preference is given to professors with little or no industry experience and to those who have not already participated in the program. Professors who are placed should know that programs will differ – no two programs will be alike. Note: The VPP is currently only offered to professors teaching in the United States.

Objective
To expose professors to the day-to-day operations of an advertising agency, marketing or media company; and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between academia and industry. The VPP gives professors a greater understanding of and appreciation for the industry while host companies have an opportunity to develop closer ties to academia.

Components
1) An orientation 2) Individual fellowships and 3) a Lunchtime Talk on his/her area of expertise and how it relates to advertising. Talks will be delivered in a TED Talk format – 20 minutes maximum, should include advertising and be concise. Note: With the professor's permission, the Talk may be videotaped for streaming on www.aef.com.

2016 VPP: June 5 -17
Professors are chosen by the VPP Selection Committee will be placed with host companies in Chicago, New York City and other major cities. Apply only if your academic and personal responsibilities allow you to participate for the full two weeks.

Notification: April 2016
Those selected to participate in the program must have a conversation with the host company to discuss mutual objectives prior to the program.

Housing and Expenses
Housing is provided to professors who are traveling from another state. Professors who reside in the host city are expected to provide his/her own housing. All professors will receive a stipend. Professors pay for travel to and from the host city, as well as out-of-pocket expenses.

Application
Visit the On-Campus section on www.aef.com to apply. Complete the VPP application; upload your CV, statement and two-minute video (see details below).

Statement and supporting items
Your statement will help a potential company determine your fit within their organization. Please be concise when making your points and limit your statement to 500 words maximum. It is very important to succinctly communicate the topic of your Lunchtime Talk, which will be delivered in the TED Talk format – 20 minutes (not including Q & A ). Letter of recommendation (on school letterhead) must be mailed and postmarked by January 31, 2016. Letter of recommendation is not accepted via fax or email.

Two-minute video
Your two-minute video will also help a potential company determine your fit within their organization. Videos shot with a cell phone or a computer's webcam are acceptable. We are not looking for sleek, professional videos. Please hold cell phones horizontally when making your video. Videos must cover one of the following topics below:

Final notes

Posted: January 27, 2016
Tagged: News of the Profession


Churchill For Schools: Teaching Modern World History Using Churchill Archives

The Churchill Archive for Schools provides an expanding range of classroom-ready resources, specially written and developed by leading history educators to engage and excite as well as inform and challenge. Based around four broad topics in modern world history, the Churchill Archive for Schools also offers teachers and students an accessible entry-point to the complete Churchill Archive.

The Organization of American Historians is pleased to offer the opportunity to explore this rich archival collection through the guided practice of master teachers and scholars in one of a series of webinar events. Participants will explore teacher-produced classroom investigations that are mined from over 800,000 documents associated with Sir Churchill. More than a view into the life and thoughts of the statesman, these documents bring Churchill to life as a person - as well as the many other major actors in personal correspondance. Use the archives of a great man to learn about lives of ordinary people!

This 60-minute webinar is free of charge and available to any educators at the K-12 or post-secondary level.

Each participant will receive full access to the complete Churchill Archives at no charge.

Each virtual session will:
• apply historical thinking and inquiry-based investigations to modern history topics
• identify and share sets of primary source documents that support that investigation
• connect history teachers from across the globe around practice and curation
• provide free site license access to the Churchill Archives
• work to create best practice models for how technology can bring historical archives alive!

This webinar will take place on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:00pm EST

Regisister now!

Posted: December 10, 2015
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Urge the Senate to Pass the "Every Student Succeeds Act"

On December 2, the House of Representatives by a vote of 359-64 approved the conference report to S.1177, the "Every Student Succeeds Act." The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the next four years and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. Most importantly the legislation includes multiple sources of funding to support improved instruction in K-12 history, civics, geography and economics.

The Organization of American Historians, along with the National Coalition for History (NCH), urgently needs you to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to support the conference report. Click here for a link that allows you to send an email directly to your Senators and urge him or her to support the conference report that includes key provisions that benefit history and civics education.

It is vital that all Senators, Republicans and Democrats, receive the message loud and clear from their constituents that the education of our nation's K-12 students is vitally important and a non-partisan issue.

The OAH limits our legislative "action alerts" to situations and issues that are vital to the interests of our constituents. We cannot overstress the importance of this effort! Congress has not reauthorized the ESEA in 15 years so this legislation is our only opportunity to get funding restored for K-12 history and civics education.

The bill is expected to go to the Senate floor during the week of December 7. Time is of the essence so call or email today.

How to Contact Your Senator

Please call or email your Senator's office and urge him or her to support restoring federal funding for history and civics education. To contact your Senator you can use one of these two options. No matter which means of communication you choose, please personalize your message as to your background or interest in history. If you are employed in the field, especially as a K-12 teacher, mention the institution where you work in your state.

  1. Make a phone call. All Senators can be reached through the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202)224-3121. If you feel comfortable doing so, a personal phone call is preferable to an email. If you are not sure who your Senators are you can follow this link to the Senate's website. There you will find a list of Senators by state that will link to your Senator's website.
  2. Send an email. NCH, working with our colleagues at the National Humanities Alliance, has prepared a one-step link to your Senators office. You simply enter your address and the system identifies your Senator. They've provided an email template that can be edited to personalize your message. The message not only goes to your Senator's email, but their Twitter account and Facebook page as well.

Posted: December 3, 2015
Tagged: News of the Profession, Advocacy


Urge Congress to Support K-12 History Education Today

On December 2, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the conference report to S. 1177, the "Every Student Succeeds Act." The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the next four years and replaces the much maligned No Child Left Behind Act. Most importantly the legislation includes multiple sources of funding to support improved instruction in K-12 history, civics, geography and economics.

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) urgently needs you to contact your Member of the House of Representatives and urge him or her to support the conference report that includes key provisions that benefit history and civics education. Click here for a link that allows you to send an email directly to your Member of the House of Representatives and urge him or her to support the conference report that includes key provisions that benefit history and civics education.

The House is voting first on S. 1177, the "Every Student Succeeds Act." While the Senate is likely to pass the bill, as you know in recent months the House has gone through a chaotic fight over its leadership. Even though the bill cleared the House-Senate conference committee by an overwhelming bi-partisan majority of 38-1, its passage by the House is by no means a foregone conclusion. Politics unrelated to the underlying merits of the bill may still derail it. So it is vital that all representatives, Republicans and Democrats, receive the message from their constituents that the education of our nation's K-12 students is vitally important and a non-partisan issue.

OAH limits our legislative "action alerts" to situations and issues that are vital to the interests of our constituents. We cannot overstress the importance of this effort! Congress has not reauthorized the ESEA in 15 years so this legislation is our only opportunity to get funding restored for K-12 history and civics education.

The bill is expected to go to the House floor on December 2. Time is of the essence so call or email today!

How to Contact Your Representative

Please call or email your House member's office and urge them to support restoring federal funding for history and civics education. To contact your representative, you can use one of these two options. No matter which means of communication you choose, please personalize your message as to your background or interest in history. If you are employed in the field, especially as a K-12 teacher, mention the institution where you work in your congressional district.

  1. Make a phone call. All Members of Congress can be reached through the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202)224-3121. If you feel comfortable doing so, a personal phone call is preferable to an email.If you are not sure who your Representative is you can follow this link to the House's website and enter your zip code which will provide a link to your House member's website: http://www.house.gov/
  2. Send an email. The National Coalition of History (of which the OAH is a member) is working with the National Humanities Alliance which has prepared a one-step link to your House member (click here). You simply enter your address and the system identifies your representative. We've provided an email template that can be edited to personalize your message. The message not only goes to your House member's email, but their Twitter account and Facebook page as well.

Posted: November 30, 2015
Tagged: Advocacy, News of the Profession