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New Speakers Added To The Distinguished Lectureship Program For 2019-2020

The Distinguished Lectureship Program welcomes the addition of 21 new speakers, appointed by OAH President Joanne Meyerowitz. The new lecturers join a roster of nearly 600 prominent historians who speak to audiences across the country on all facets of U. S. history. "OAH’s Distinguished Lecturers provide a vital service to communities, libraries, museums, and universities by increasing public awareness and understanding of the importance of American history,” says Katherine M. Finley, the OAH’s executive director. “We congratulate these individuals on achieving this high honor and we thank them for their service to OAH." The new lecturers offer expertise on issues including immigration, women's rights, racism, and civil rights, and on the histories of labor, medicine, slavery, religion and technology. Distinguished Lecturers may be booked to headline events and commemorations and to bring context to today's most perplexing issues.

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$500,000 in Five Years - OAH Launches Capital Campaign to Build Endowment

After his presidential address at the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting, Professor Earl Lewis announced a generous donation of $50,000 to build the OAH endowment fund. He then issued a challenge: If OAH members raised $500,000 in the next five years, he will donate an additional $50,000. Since the campaign began late this summer, OAH members have donated or pledged over $85,000 (not counting Earl Lewis’ donation) toward the $500,000 goal.

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First Digital Issue of The American Historian Now Available

OAH members can now download individual articles in addition to an interactive PDF of the entire issue. We are currently in the process of uploading all previous TAH content to the new site. By the end of the year, all articles from the archive will be available to download as individual PDFs. Each issue features open-access Editor’s Choice content.

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The Journal of American History

Cover of the September 2019 issue of the Journal of American History

The September issue of The Journal of American History is out now!

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Endowment Campaign Goal: $500,000

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