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Victorian Society in America: 2016 Summer Schools

The Victorian Society invites you to study architecture, art, landscape, and preservation at one of their internationally-acclaimed Summer Schools in Newport, Chicago, and London. Enjoy lectures by leading scholars, private tours of historic sites, engaging social experiences, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries. 

Open to graduate students, academics, architects, and the general public. Applications and additional information are available online at http://vsasummerschools.org

Posted: December 16, 2015
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Hoover Archives Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Workshop on Political Economy

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives are pleased to accept applications for participation in the Hoover Archives Summer Workshop on Political Economy.

The Workshop will be held at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, from June 20-June 24, 2016. It brings together an interdisciplinary slate of scholars who are using the collections of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to study political economy, broadly defined. A wide range of research is suitable for this program, limited only by the holdings of the Hoover Library & Archives itself. Past participants have included historians, economists, and political scientists, but scholars from any field who would benefit from immersion in the archives are welcome. Participants must be holders of the Ph.D. or scholars with a commensurate publication record, or be advanced graduate students.

Participants are expected to have an active research program and to spend each day working in the Hoover Library & Archives. They will attend a daily group lunch, two group dinners, a keynote address by a visiting scholar, and make an informal lunchtime presentation on their research.

Participants will be provided with a $2500 stipend, intended to cover lodging and transportation. Alternative compensation will be arranged for international participants who do not hold a US Social Security or TIN number.

Applicants are encouraged to read about the 2014 and 2015 workshops to learn more about the research topics and approaches that are suited to the workshop.

Application Requirements

All applicants are required to submit their applications online with the following:

Contact information
One page CV
A proposal of fewer than 750 words describing your research project, including the names of Hoover collections you plan to use and why they are necessary for your project
Names and contact information for two academic referees familiar with your research (no formal letter required)

Application deadline: January 15, 2016

Award notification: March 1, 2016

Additional Information

Applications and recommendations must be submitted online in English
All awards are subject to the availability of funds and the ability to secure appropriate visa arrangements

For More Information: http://www.hoover.org/news/hoover-la-now-accepting-applications-2016-workshop-political-economy

Posted: December 3, 2015
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‘Cannot Tame That Lawless Stream’ A Conference on the Environmental History of the Upper M

The Sawmill Museum, the Clinton Public Library, and Iowa Great River Road invite paper and presentation submissions for the Second Annual Gateway History Conference on April 23, 2016. The conference will explore the environmental history of the Upper Mississippi River and its ever-changing influence on the Gateway Area of Iowa and Illinois.

For more information, click here. 

Posted: November 10, 2015
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Crossroads: The Future of Graduate History Education

March 11 – 12, 2016
Mead Hall, Drew University, Madison, NJ

In an effort to address growing economic concerns and a shift away from the humanities, history professionals are beginning to discuss the development of innovative, distinctive and utilitarian history programs. The goals of these 21st century history programs are to train students for both academic and non academic careers and rethink the traditional graduate history curriculum at the MA and PhD levels. In 2009, Drew University reformulated its graduate history program and developed History & Culture to adapt to these circumstances. Our hope in organizing and assembling this conference is to contribute to the growing discussion about the changing expectations in the discipline, in order to address the challenges we face and move beyond.

Keynote speakers: Leonard Cassuto of Fordham University and Robert Townsend of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For more information: http://drew.edu/crossroads

Posted: October 22, 2015
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2015 Conference on Illinois History

The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for September 24-25, 2015, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield and is the state's largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State. The conference includes 25 sessions that feature topics such as politics, Abraham Lincoln, labor, race, immigration, and the Civil War. Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics.

Questions? Contact Sabrina Manci at 217-558-9014 or sabrina.manci@illinois.gov.

For a printed copy, contact Shanta.thoele@illinois.gov or 217-524-6045.

For more info: http://www.illinois.gov/ihpa/Involved/Pages/Conference.aspx

Posted: July 28, 2015
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Slavery, Freedom, and the Remaking of American History: A Conference in Honor of Ira Berlin, April 9-10

The Department of History of the University of Maryland, College Park, announces "Slavery, Freedom, and the Remaking of American History: A Conference in Honor of Ira Berlin," April 9-10, 2015. The conference will feature papers by former students of Ira Berlin and by past and present members of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project. For the full program, visit www.history.umd.edu.

The conference is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Directions, maps, and other information for visitors may be found at http://cvs.umd.edu/visitors/.

Posted: March 16, 2015
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World War II Writers' Weekend, Florida State University

The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Department of History, Florida State University and the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts will host the inaugural World War II Writers' Weekend on February 14-15, 2015 featuring talks and book signings by authors of a range of works on World War II. Speakers include Robert Gellately (Stalin's Curse), Michael Neiberg (The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris), Marcus Cox (Segregated Soldiers), Annika Culver (Glorify the Empire), and others. This free event is open to the general public and will take place at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, Florida and coincide with the opening of an exhibit highlighting the extensive collections of documents and artifacts that are preserved by the Institute on World War II. The Human Experience will open February 13 and run through March 29, 2015. For more details, please contact ww2@ww2.fsu.edu or contact Professor G. Kurt Piehler, Director, Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at kpiehler@fsu.edu.

For More Information: http://ww2.fsu.edu

Posted: December 15, 2014
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NEH Summer Programs for School and College Educators

Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports tuition-free, residential summer programs for school and college educators. Participants receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses.

These one-to-five week study opportunities focus on important topics, texts, and questions in the humanities; enhance the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; build a community of inquiry and provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching; and promote connections between teaching and research in the humanities.

For a list of NEH Seminars and Institutes and NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for 2015, please visit http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs. The application deadline is March 2, 2015.

Posted: December 2, 2014
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"So Sudden an Alteration”: The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the American Revolution

April 9-11, 2015 Conference
Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston

"So Sudden an Alteration" aims to break out of the well-worn grooves of historical inquiry that have defined the study of the Revolution for the past fifty years and bring into focus key themes intended to inspire future scholarship. Sponsors include the MHS, the David Library of the American Revolution, Boston University, and Williams College.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Woody Holton of the University of South Carolina, "'Not Yet': The Originality Crisis in American Revolution Studies," and a proposal by Brendan McConville of Boston University, "In the Year One: The Revolution Reconsidered." It will include nine panels, each to discuss three precirculated papers; a wrap-up discussion; a visit to the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library; and an introduction to Annotated Newspapers of Harbottle Dorr, Jr., the Society's digital collection of the Revolutionary-era publications that Dorr assembled, commented on, and indexed.

Register online for advance copies of the papers that will be discussed: $75/$50 students.

Hotel: a special room rate of $189.00 per night is available at the Inn at Longwood (http://www.innatlongwood.com/) for the nights of April 8-11. Use code MHSC2014. Reserve online by March 9.

Space is limited; register and make hotel reservations early. Questions? Contact kviens@masshist.org

For more information: http://www.masshist.org/conferences/american-revolution


Posted: October 15, 2014
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Museums at the Crossroads: Call for Applications

Call for Applicants (deadline Nov. 15)
Museums at the Crossroads: an interactive workshop at Indiana University, Bloomington, May 14-21, 2015

Indiana University's Mathers Museum of World Cultures invites applications from museum scholars and practitioners to join an intensive international workshop charting new directions for museums of culture and history. Successful applicants will receive free lodging and a per diem during their stay. Application deadline: Novermber 15, 2014. For more information, as well as application details, visit the Museums at the Crossroads website.

Posted: October 10, 2014
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2015 NCHE Conference: Encounters in History

The National Council for History Education (NCHE) is coming to historic St. Augustine, Florida to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the oldest permanent European settlement in the United States.

Our 2015 Conference will be held at Flagler College on March 19-21. The national conference is a place where historical thinkers can come together and share their passion for teaching and learning. Join teachers, historians and university faculty from around the nation for three days of the best in history education!

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Posted: August 27, 2014
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2014 National Underground Railroad Conference

The registration deadline has been extended to June 30! The OAH has partnered with the National Park Service's Network to Freedom Program, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the Michigan Freedom Trail, to host the 2014 National Underground Railroad Conference, July 16-20 in Detroit, Michigan. The five-day conference—now in its eighth year—takes as its theme, "'I Resolved Never to Be Conquered': Women and the Underground Railroad." Learn more >

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Posted: May 30, 2014
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OAH Program Committee Finalizes 2015 Program for St. Louis Meeting

The 2015 OAH Program Committee and the meetings staff have been busy in recent weeks finalizing the program for the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting in St. Louis (April 16-19). The theme of the meeting is "Taboos." More than 570 notices were sent during the week of May 19 to individuals regarding the status of their submissions for next year's conference. Read more >

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Posted: May 29, 2014
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National Women's History Museum Hosts Coffee

The National Women's History Museum will host a coffee for the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women attendees on Friday, May 23. Make plans to join the NWHM for coffee and light snacks from 3-4pm at Sammy's Student Exchange, Hart House, University of Toronto. In advance of the NWHM panel on Saturday morning panel (Women's History meets Public History, 8am, 123 RT, UC 144), this will be an informal discussion about NWHM's goals and plans as well as the current legislative strategy for establishing a national museum.  No RSVP required.

Posted: May 19, 2014
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Capitalism and Socialism: Utopia, Globalization, and Revolution

Capitalism and Socialism: A Multidisciplinary Conference at New Harmony, Indiana will be held November 6-8, 2014. The conference coincides with the bicentennial of New Harmony's founding by German Harmonists in 1814. New Harmony is probably best known as the site of industrialist Robert Owen's experiment in communal living in 1825. As a factory owner and manager in early nineteenth-century Scotland, Owen achieved success in the new regime of modern capitalism. But as a critical observer of the effects of industrialization, he was also a reformer and one of the "utopian socialists" described by Marx. The legacy of Owen and the Bicentennial of New Harmony are relevant as the world emerges from the shadow of the recent economic crisis and as socialism has returned to the political and economic lexicon.  Panel and individual paper proposals are welcome. The conference organizers seek proposals for full panels or individual papers on topics related to Capitalism and Socialism, past and present. Proposals are due May 26, 2014. Learn more >

Posted: April 25, 2014
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Ohio Humanities Council Oral History Institute

The Ohio Humanities Council has opened registration for its 2014 Oral History Institute, which will take place June 3-5 at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The program trains participants in planning and conducting successful oral history projects. Volunteers or staff from local history organizations, libraries, schools, and colleges are encouraged to apply. We have also accepted participants from a variety of other backgrounds; including those working in corporate history, park services, medicine/research, and tourism. Emphasizing hands-on experience, topics covered in the three-day schedule include interviewing techniques, transcribing and archiving, and devising public programs based on oral history. To develop these skills, participants will work on a practice project that encompasses all stages of oral history. Additional sessions cover using technology in oral history, fundraising, and civic tourism. The Institute faculty includes professors of History, Sociology, Archiving, and Journalism, each representing extensive experience conducting oral history projects. The Institute schedule provides ample time for students to consult with these experts. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2014.

For additional information or to obtain an application, visit http://www.ohiohumanities.org/programs/oral-history-institute.html or contact James Calder at (800) 293-9774 or jimc@ohiohumanities.org.

Posted: April 7, 2014
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2014 Saint Xavier University Stephen A. Douglas Symposium

In commemoration of the bicentennial of the birth of Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, Saint Xavier University and the Stephen A. Douglas Association will hold a one-day public symposium, "Visualizing the American Past: Remembering Stephen A. Douglas in the Age of Ken Burns" on April 26, 2014 to assess Douglas' historical legacy and portrayals of it. The symposium is presented by Saint Xavier University and the Stephen A. Douglas Association and is cosponsored by Saint Xavier's College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History and Political Science, Department of Art and Design, School of Education and Center for Instructional Design and Technology. Learn more about the 2014 Symposium >

Posted: March 24, 2014
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Banner Moments: University of Maryland Summer Institute

From June 30th to July 25th, the University of Michigan's American Music Institute, with support from the Star Spangled Music Foundation, will host the national "Banner Moments" Summer Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. During these four weeks, thirty K-12 school teachers will explore topics in American history and culture through the lens of the Star-Spangled Banner and related American music. Participants will receive a $3300 stipend.  Applications are due March 4.  For more information visit: http://music.umich.edu/ami/bannermoments/overview.htm

Posted: February 17, 2014
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2014 Council of State Archivists' Annual Washington Briefing and Forum

The Council of State Archivists' Annual Washington Briefing and Forum will take place on Tuesday afternoon, March 18th, from 2 - 4 pm at the Library of Congress.  Join us for an update on our State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI) activities and to share strategies for collectively advancing the opportunities and addressing the challenges facing the preservation and access of electronic records.

The SERI project is a multi-year initiative funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to March 18th. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you then.

The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) is a national nonprofit that facilitates networking and project collaboration among the 56 state and territorial archives in the United States. CoSA's members manage combined budgets of nearly $200 million annually, authorize departmental purchases, and influence statewide spending. Their agencies are responsible for protecting the rights and history of the American people across our country. For more information visit http://www.statearchivists.org

Posted: February 17, 2014
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The View From the East: The Federal Government and the American West

There will be a five week National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer institute focused on the role of the federal government and the American West at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, from July 7-August 8, 2014. Participants will work with and learn from Washington-area and visiting scholars including Professor Elliott West, one of the principle faculty members; Professor Patricia Limerick, who will open the institute; and Professor Richard White, who will lecture on and lead a discussion on western railroads. Professor Andres Resendez will speak to the group and lead a discussion on the history and current issues of Mexican Immigrants. Participants will visit and work with staff at The Library of Congress, the National Archives, several Smithsonian museums, the Department of the Interior, and the Mexican Embassy. They will work with the latest digital tools and resources from George Mason's Center for History and New Media, as well as the digital and hard-copy resources of federal government institutions and agencies. The institute is sponsored and financed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and includes stipends for participants of $3,900 to defray expenses for transportation, room and board. The deadline for applications has been extended to March 11, 2014. For more information please contact Richard Stillson at rstillso@gmu.edu or visit http://chnm.gmu.edu/vfte.

Posted: February 17, 2014
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