Events and Networking Opportunities
Plenary Session: Native History in Music/Native Music in History: A Conversation and Performance with Frank Waln
Thursday, March 31, 4:30 pm–6:00 pm
If there is one thing that unites Native American songwriters and performers, it is the way that an ever-present sense of history infuses the music. From Navajo metal to Indigenous hip hop to Native alternative to compositions in the classical tradition, the historical past is both the subject of the music and the condition under which it is made. As Lakota artist Frank Waln tells it:
I got this pain that I can’t shake/ ties to my people I can’t break
Got this history in my blood/ got my tribe that shows me love
So when I rise/ you rise/ come on let’s rise
This plenary session will delve into the relation between history and contemporary Indigenous music, and the ways that Native people have sought to use music to question and transform American narratives, while also imagining future forms of Indigeneity that draw on the past. Join Frank Waln and Phil Deloria for a wide-ranging conversation about the uses of history, performances of Waln’s Native hip hop grooves, and a survey of Native “history music,” past and present.
Frank Waln is an award winning Lakota performer, speaker and writer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. He produces and releases music that fuses traditional Lakota instruments with Hip Hop and electronic music to create songs that shed light on Indigenous history and issues currently affecting Indian Country.
Native Artisan Exhibit
Thursday, March 31, 3:00 pm–7:30 pm
Regional Native artisans will share examples of their work and their experiences navigating the world of fine art, preserving Indigenous lifeways and making new traditions.
The OAH Awards Ceremony
Friday, April 1, 5:15 pm–6:15 pm
Celebrating the best in American history—writing, teaching, public presentation, research, support, and distinguished careers—the OAH Awards Ceremony recognizes colleagues and friends whose achievements advance our profession, bolstering deep, sophisticated understandings of America’s complex past, and informed, historically relevant discussions of contemporary issues. Longtime members of the organization will also be honored.
Chat Room Seminars
Saturday, April 2, 12 pm - 12:45 pm
The Chat Room provides an opportunity for historians to share and learn from the knowledge and experiences of their peers. Led by up to two moderators, each 45-minute seminar encourages conversation in a relaxed and unstructured environment. Teach, learn, and debate while meeting friends both old and new.
Chat topics include:
• Historians Wearing ALL the Hats: What teaching and service look like at a Community College
• Academic Freedom
• Writing for Made by History
• The Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919
• Disrupted Centennial: Continuing Conversations about Women’s Voting Rights after 2020
• Teaching History with Virtual Reality
• Academic Parenting
“Whose Streets? Our Streets!”: New York City, 1980-2000
Exhibit Hall Feature:
This pop-up exhibit is a selection of photographs from “Whose Streets? Our Streets!”: New York City, 1980-2000, and exhibition of social protest photography. The exhibition and companion multimedia website, www.whosestreets.photo feature the work of more than thirty five photographers who covered social issues including race relations and police brutality; housing and gentrification; war and the environment; HIV/AIDS and queer activism; abortion rights and the culture wars; and education and labor. “Whose Streets? Our Streets” highlights both the key roles of citizens and of journalists in enacting democratic social change, and invites viewers to reflect on how these social issues, as well as social movements and the practice of journalism, have evolved in recent decades. This exhibition is associated with Session 4326, “Social Protest Photography, Public History, and Racial Justice: from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter,” which includes co-curators Tamar Carroll and Josh Meltzer as well as contributing photographer Brian Palmer, and which will discuss the use of social protest photography to engage and educate audiences on the history of race relations in the U.S.
"Hey, I Know Your Work" Mentorship Program
Graduate students, recent graduates, or early career historians can meet with experienced scholars to discuss research, professional aspirations, or simply to get acquainted.
The OAH’s Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories is committed to intersectionality in its conception, constitution, and in the practice of its rotating members. Our mission is to serve a broad swath of the rising underrepresented scholars in our craft. Mentees have the opportunity to learn strategies to navigate an academic career from a more senior scholar aligned with ALANA’s goals. Look for ALANA-endorsed mentors on the listing.
The Society for the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) is again partnering with the OAH to provide mentors to those interested in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Look for SHGAPE-endorsed mentors in the listing.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
- Institution if applicable
- Contact information including email and phone number
- Topics of specialty or areas of interest
- If you would like to be listed as an ALANA or SHGAPE mentor
Mentors will be accepted until January 2022
If you are interested in becoming a mentee please email email@example.com with the following:
- Institution if applicable
- Contact information including email and phone number
- Brief bio (150 words)
- Top three mentor choices
Mentees will be accepted beginning January 2022. Please note that slots with mentors will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hub Fair - Explore careers in history
Friday, April 1, 12 pm–1:30 pm
The OAH is excited to invite attendees to meet agencies, consultants, associations, institutions, and companies who work with, work as, or hire historians outside the academy. Join us on Friday, April 1 between 12 pm and 1:30 pm to explore the fair and learn about the various participants, the types of positions that exist for historians, and how one can find these opportunities. Some groups will also be available for one-on-one informational interviews.
Participating individuals/groups include:
⇒ Catherine Cocks, Michigan State University Press
A twenty-year veteran of scholarly publishing, Catherine Cocks is the assistant director and editor-in-chief at Michigan State University Press, which publishes 40 to 50 books and 15 journals annually in US and African history, Native American studies, Latinx studies, African literature and film, animal studies, rhetoric, and other fields. She earned her PhD in US history from the University of California, Davis, and is the author of two books: Doing the Town (University of California Press, 2001) and Tropical Whites (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013). The chair of the AUPresses’ faculty outreach committee and the co-editor of H-Net’s scholarly communications forum Feeding the Elephant, she welcomes questions on careers in publishing.
Since 1974, Historical Research Associates, Inc. (HRA), has provided consulting services for public and private clients in history, litigation support, exhibit development, interpretive planning, cultural resource management, and historic preservation. We conduct archival research and oral histories country-wide and turn these investigations into compelling agency and company histories, expert-witness reports for litigation, and exhibits and historical displays for a variety of venues. If you are interested in how you could put your historical training and skills to work in a consulting environment, please stop by the HRA booth to speak with Keith Zahniser.
Visit the JAH booth to learn more about academic publishing and how graduatelevel training translates to production schedules, content development, editorial duties, and project management. Most societies produce a publication by coordinating with an academic publisher. Attendees can also expect to learn about publisher contacts and relations. Finally, there are other nonacademic jobs at journals such as editorial assistants (if not already covered by graduate students), office staff, copy editors, typesetters, etc.
The Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library brings together geography, history, and visual collections to explore the connection between people and places in Boston, New England, and beyond. The Center is responsible for stewarding the library's collection of a quarter million geographic objects, ranging from C15 atlases to modern-day gesopatial data sets. We run free public programs in our gallery and teaching spaces designed to invite people into the key questions of historical geography. We partner with teachers from the primary school to postgraduate levels, bringing both physical and digitized material from the collections as well as critical perspectives to bear on issues such as space, place, environment, landscape, cities, and regions. Historians at the Center are involved in all aspects of our work, from collections management to outreach with community partners. We particularly emphasize the scholarly overlap between the fields of history and geography, as well as fields such as urban studies, environmental studies, and data science.
For 25 years the Organization of American Historians has partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) to bring leading scholarship to bear on the presentation of history at our national parks. Membership in the OAH makes you eligible for a wide range of sponsored funding opportunities through the OAH-NPS cooperative agreement. Your commitment can range from serving as the principal investigator on a multiyear research and writing project, to providing a peer review of a study in progress, to participating in a scholars round table at an NPS site. The OAH posts new opportunities as they become available. To learn more, and for more information about getting involved, stop by and talk to OAH Public History Manager Paul J. Zwirecki.
⇒ Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State
The Office of the Historian is responsible, under law, for the preparation and publication of the official documentary history of U.S. foreign policy in the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series.
In addition, the Office prepares policy-supportive historical studies for Department principals and other agencies. These studies provide essential background information, evaluate how and why policies evolved, identify precedents, and derive lessons learned. Department officers rely on institutional memory, collective wisdom, and personal experience to make decisions; rigorous historical analysis can sharpen, focus, and inform their choices. The Office of the Historian conducts an array of initiatives, ranging from briefing memos to multi-year research projects.
The Office of the Historian also promotes the declassification of documents to ensure a complete and accurate understanding of the past.
⇒ Organization of American Historians
Elisabeth Marsh is the Director of Membership, Marketing, and Communications for the OAH. She has been responsible for the membership department since 2013, shortly after graduating with her Ph.D. in U.S. history. If you are interested in translating the skills gained during graduate school into a nonprofit setting, or if you want to know what steps you can take while still in school to prepare for that career, stop by the OAH table to chat.
The house at 19 North Square famous for Paul Revere and his midnight ride is the oldest house still standing in downtown Boston, and one of the few remaining 17th-century dwellings in a large urban area in the United States.
The Paul Revere Memorial Association is the non-profit organization that runs the house and maintains a robust research program. In addition to its major publications and quarterly publication, The Revere Gazette, the research department and historians on-site produce the Revere House Radio podcast, the Revere Express blog, conduct on- and off-site lectures, and aim to bolster the interpretation of the house, North End neighborhood, and Boston generally over the centuries of history here.
Additionally, Historical Interpreters serve as guides in the Paul Revere House, clerks in the ticket booth and museum shop, write articles, and facilitate youth and adult groups and typically work one to two days a week. The PRMA also runs a robust internship program in the spring, summer, and fall in which interns produce their own primary source-based research project.
Revolutionary Spaces brings people together to explore the American struggle to create and sustain a free society, singularly evoked by Boston’s Old South Meeting House and Old State House. We steward these buildings as gathering spaces for the open exchange of ideas and the continuing practice of democracy, inspiring all who believe in the power of people to govern themselves. We are dedicated to creating experiences for our audiences that not only deepen understanding of the past but also provide a fresh perspective on the challenges we face today and equip us to build a more just and equitable tomorrow.
The U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH) is responsible for writing and recording the official history of the Army in both peace and war, while advising the Army Staff on historical matters. This includes writing the operational and administrative histories of the Army in the Cold War and the global war on terror. In addition, Army historians maintain the organizational history of Army units, lead staff rides, conduct oral histories, and manage the Command History Program, which provides historical support and collects materials from peacekeeping and wartime operations world-wide. CMH serves as a hub for the Army Museum Enterprise, a network of museums that spans the globe and includes the National Museum of the U.S. Army.
For over ten years, Lincoln Bramwell has served as the Chief Historian of the U.S. Forest Service. His duties include directing all aspects of this Federal agency’s history program, including research and publication, public speaking, external outreach, producing and managing oral histories, as well as policy support, expert testimony in Federal court, and developing a strategic vision for history within the land management agency’s mission. He has also served as a Legislative Affairs specialist acting as a direct liaison between the agency and Congress and as a Program Manager overseeing social science programs across the Rocky Mountain West. If you’d like to chat more about how to apply skills obtained in a graduate history program outside of the normal bounds of history work, stop by the Forest Service’s booth.
⇒ U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Historian
The Office of the Historian collects and provides information to the widest possible audience on all aspects of the House’s rich history spanning more than two centuries: important events, people, precedents, dates, and statistics. It maintains the House’s major historical publications including The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress and a series of volumes on women and minorities who have served in Congress. The office also conducts and publishes oral history interviews with former senior staff and Members of Congress.
U.S. Strategic Command is one of eleven unified commands in the Department of Defense. The mission of USSTRATCOM is to deter strategic attack and employ forces, as directed, to guarantee the security of our Nation and our Allies. The command enables Joint Force operations and is the combatant command responsible for Strategic Deterrence, Nuclear Operations, Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) Enterprise Operations, Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, Global Strike, Missile Defense, Analysis and Targeting, and Missile Threat Assessment.
Founded in 1979, the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) works to address common concerns, support shared interests, and stimulate discussion across the federal history community. The work of that community takes many forms, including documentary collections, historic preservation and interpretation, institutional histories, museum exhibitions, oral history programs, policy research, records and information management, and reference services. The Society’s membership is similarly diverse, including not only historians but also archaeologists, archivists, consultants, curators, editors, librarians, preservationists, and others engaged in or committed to government history.
The Hub | One-on-One Meetings
Meet one-on-one with consultants and publishers during the Annual Meeting. Information to book your appointment can be found in each description below. Book early as spaces fill quickly.
You must be registered to the Annual Meeting prior to signing up for an appointment.
⇒ Melody Herr
Questions about publishing? Get answers from a veteran editor. Whether you’re revising your dissertation, drafting a book proposal, looking for a publisher, evaluating ideas for your next project, or just trying to make sense of the publishing process, sign up for a one-on-one consultation with veteran acquiring editor Melody Herr. Come with your questions or, for more comprehensive feedback, email an overview of your project to her firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your appointment. Melody Herr, PhD, has more than 16 years of experience working for scholarly publishers—including Johns Hopkins University Press and the University of Michigan Press. Currently, she serves as Head of the Office of Scholarly Communications at the University of Arkansas. An author herself, she has published six books; the most recent is Writing and Publishing Your Book: A Guide for Experts in Every Field (Greenwood, 2017).
⇒ Grant Writing Consultation - Lori Shea Kuechler
- Has your department chair or organization asked you to write a grant?
- Are you interested in becoming a grant writer for history, social sciences, or the humanities?
- Do you have a specific idea or project that requires advice about how to seek funding?
- Do you want to add grant writing to your professional skill set?
In addition to Lori Shea Kuechler’s workshop, “Historians are Grant Writers” Lori is offering personalized consultations with you or your grant writing team. To make an appointment for one of five time slot opportunities (9:00am, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm) on Saturday, April 2, contact Lmkuechler@msn.com and we will set a time, and determine what materials you can bring to support the conversation.
Lori Shea Kuechler has an MA Interdisciplinary Studies, and is the Principal Partner for Kuechler Nonprofit Consulting. She is a contract grant writer for several public entities and the author of hundreds of successful foundation and governmental grants for educational, historical, cultural, and social service agencies. She has been a grant evaluator for the NEH and the State of Oregon, and is currently an adjunct Liberal Arts instructor.
⇒ Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press’s history list is as wide-ranging as it is ambitious. That ambition may mean tackling long periods of history, connecting far-flung geographic locations to make unexpected arguments, bringing scholarship to general audiences, or advancing bold yet well-supported claims. In the effort to feature the most engaging history, I seek writers who have an eye for meaningful detail and the wherewithal to see the big picture.
To set up a meeting please email Senior Editor Priya Nelson at Priya_Nelson@press.princeton.edu.
⇒ Yale University Press
I am a Senior Editor at Yale University Press, where I acquire books in history. My goal as an editor is to bring the best historical scholarship to a broad reading public, and to help historians inform the public conversation about the things that matter. I am interested in all periods and subfields of American history, and welcome proposals or queries.
To set up a meeting with Adina Popescu Berk, please visit here to get in touch.