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Call for Proposals REISSUED: Research and Write a Comprehensive Administrative History of Golden Spike National Historic Site



New Deadline: November 20, 2015

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the National Park Service (NPS) have worked collaboratively for nearly 20 years on a variety of projects that aim to make the presentation of American History at NPS sites and programs as current, nuanced, and effective as possible. The OAH and NPS presently seek a qualified scholar to research and write a comprehensive Administrative History of Golden Spike National Historic Site, located near Promontory, Utah.

Union Pacific #119 steams down the tracks

Golden Spike National Historic Site interprets the 1869 completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad, and preserves and protects resources along the historic rail line near Promontory, Utah. This project seeks to produce an administrative history of events and decisions that have shaped the management of Golden Spike National Historic Site (GOSP). The park was established as a National Park Service unit in July of 1965. The administrative history should summarize the history interpreted at the site, leading up to May 10th, 1869, the driving of the last spike event, and detail the history of the park, and its management and operations, from first inception to present. The purpose of the project is to provide National Park Service (NPS) managers, planners, administrators, and interpretive staff at GOSP with an administrative history as defined in NPS-28. The administrative history should be a fundamental reference for the park and be an orientation tool for new staff, and should be readable and accessible to a general audience. Additional information on Golden Spike National Historical Site can be found here: www.nps.gov/gosp/

A REVISED detailed Scope of Work for the Golden Spike Administrative History can be found as a PDF file below.

A proposal to undertake this work should include:

- A current C.V.
- A current personal statement and summary of qualifications and relevant experience
- A narrative discussion of your approach to the research and writing of an administrative history and to the areas of inquiry at Golden Spike
- A proposed schedule for the completion of the work and for the delivery of work products, including any proposed adjustments to schedule suggested in Scope of Work
- A cost estimate and a budget for completing the work.
- A researcher should also be familiar with the National Park Service Administrative History Guide:http://www.nps.gov/history/history/hisnps/NPSHistory/guide.pdf




Questions about the administrative history or about submitting a proposal can be directed to Aidan Smith at the Organization of American Historians at: aidsmith@oah.org . Complete proposals should also be submitted electronically to the same email address (aidsmith@oah.org) no later than November 20, 2015