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New lecturers in 2022


Congratulations to the U. S. historians recently appointed to the Distinguished Lectureship Program by OAH President Erika Lee. The 2022 group of accomplished scholars offer expertise in U. S. history topics that include capitalism, immigration, labor, education, gender, early national history, race, public health, slavery, gender, Civil Rights, LGBTQ+, politics, the 1960’s, social movements, and the histories of Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, and more.

Meet the 2022 OAH Distinguished Lecturer appointees!


Thank you for introducing us to an outstanding historian who not only was a superb speaker but also has become a great ally of our archives.

Dee Thompson, Board of Directors - Friends of Georgia Archives and History

Featured Lecturer

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Heather A. Huyck

Heather A. Huyck's long career as a public historian bridges academically based history and place-based history, especially as found in the National Park Service system (she has visited 324 of the 419 national park sites). Trained in history and anthropology to focus on cultural resources, she worked on 81 enacted laws as a historian with the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands from 1985 to 1994 and as a Park Ranger/Historian for the National Park Service for over twenty years. She taught American Studies, American History, and Africana Studies at the College of William and Mary from 2002 to 2013. While President of the ...
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Featured Lecture

Historians Face a 2020 Pandemic

Historians bring a distinct perspective to cataclysmic events such as the 2020 Covid pandemic. Aware of earlier crises from the Black Death to the 1918 influenza from Kansas (not Spain) to high infant mortality for centuries, historians react differently to such outbreaks now and can both challenge and reassure the American public during it. Bringing additional data points to analyze our situation can show key issues and the take upheavals more seriously yet reassure students and the public in the face of dire broadcast news predictions that humanity will indeed survive, if with much suffering. This lecture considers various crises in our history to share both comfort and warnings for today.

"Being a historian during the Covid 19 Quarantine provides a different and useful perspective, one that challenges - and comforts."