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Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service

The OAH is pleased to announce the availability of Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service, a new report examining the practice and presentation of American history in the National Park Service and at its sites.

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Posted: February 21, 2012
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2012 OAH Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2012 OAH Election. OAH President, Albert M. Camarillo, Stanford University; OAH President-Elect, Alan M. Kraut, American University; and OAH Vice President, Patricia Nelson Limerick, University of Colorado.

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Posted: February 19, 2012
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Professional Organizations and Political Engagements

The Organization of American Historians recently conducted an “interchange” conversation among current and past leaders of the organization. The discussion focuses on the complex relationship between the duties, professional obligations, and avowed mission of a learned society and the personal or political ideologies of the individual members it represents. Ed Linenthal, editor of the Journal of American History, facilitated the lively online discussion.

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Posted: February 9, 2012
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OAH Election Closes January 31

The 2012 OAH Election closes at midnight on January 31. All OAH members are encouraged to vote. To cast your ballot, use our online voting system at: OAH.vote-now.com. (Your voter code is your OAH membership ID number.)

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Posted: January 30, 2012
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The Civil War at 150 Podcast

Ed Linenthal, the executive editor of the Journal of American History, talks with Allen Guelzo, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College, comparing and contrasting the Civil War centennial with the ongoing sesquicentennial and the Lincoln bicentennial in 2009.

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Posted: January 25, 2012
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2012 OAH Annual Business Meeting

The OAH Business Meeting will be held immediately preceding the OAH Awards Ceremony and Presidential Address, Saturday April 21 at 3:30 p.m. All OAH members are encouraged to attend and participate in the governance of the organization. Proposals for action by the OAH shall be made in the form of ordinary motions or resolutions. As outlined in Article VIII, Section 3 of the OAH Constitution and Bylaws (http://www.oah.org/about/constitution.html), all such motions or resolutions must be submitted at least thirty days prior to the meeting (or March 22, 2012) to the OAH Executive Director Katherine M. Finley and the OAH Parliamentarian Jonathan Lurie. Proposals should be sent to the OAH, 112 North Bryan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408.

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Posted: January 12, 2012
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The OAH recognized by the Indiana Society of Association Executives

The Indiana Association of Association Executives held its annual Star Awards banquet on December 8. The Organization of American Historians received first-place awards in two association categories: the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program was recognized as the best non-dues revenue program, and our new membership newsletter, OAH Outlook, was recognized as the best association newsletter or bulletin.

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Posted: December 19, 2011
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Actions of the OAH Executive Board

The OAH Executive Board took action on several of its November agenda items, including hearing reports from the task forces assigned to examine the annual meeting and membership, reviewing a proposed plagiarism policy, discussing disability issues, and approving appointments of individuals to OAH service and award committees.

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Posted: December 19, 2011
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OAH Mourns the Passing of David Montgomery

The Organization of American Historians notes with sadness the passing of OAH Past President David Montgomery, Farnam Professor of History emeritus at Yale University, on December 2, 2011. Montgomery was 84 years of age.

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Posted: December 18, 2011
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The OAH Joins in Support of House Resolution 3071

The Organization of American Historians has joined the National Coalition for History in supporting House Resolution 3071, which amends the Presidential Records Act to establish procedures for the consideration of claims of constitutionally based privilege against disclosure of presidential records. The OAH supports the proposed legislation which significantly reduces the possibilities of closing presidential records while keeping them as accessible as possible.

More information is available at: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-3071

Posted: November 8, 2011
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2011 OAH Treasurer's Report

Jay S. Goodgold presents the report of the OAH Treasurer for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

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Posted: November 1, 2011
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The OAH Executive Board Issues Statement on Institutional Review Boards

In its letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, the executive board of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) unanimously agrees that the work of historians, especially oral historians, should be exempt from the purview of institutional review boards (IRBs).

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Posted: October 28, 2011
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OAH Announces New Public History Manager

The Organization of American Historians is pleased to welcome Aidan J. Smith as its Public History Manager. Before arriving at the OAH in August 2009 as assistant editor of the Journal of American History, Smith served as reference librarian at the Southern Historical Collection Manuscripts Department at the Wilson Library housed on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Smith will begin September 1, 2011.

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Posted: August 5, 2011
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The Civil War at 150: An OAH Commemorative Project

During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (2011-2015), the OAH is committed to bringing the best current thinking on this complex era to a wide audience. Our commemoration efforts began in March at the OAH Annual Meeting in Houston and continue with the current issue of the OAH Magazine of History, which focuses on the origins of the Civil War. Read more >

We also invite you to visit our “Civil War at 150” Web site where you can listen to a series of podcasts and explore additional resources as we examine the history of the war from its beginnings through its aftermath. Read more >

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Posted: May 10, 2011
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Minutes of the 2011 OAH Annual Business Meeting

Read brief reports from the OAH President, OAH Treasurer, OAH Executive Director, OAH Executive Editor, and OAH Nominating Board chair, at the 2011 annual business meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Houston, Texas.

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Posted: May 9, 2011
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Jay S. Goodgold Appointed OAH Treasurer

On April 15, 2011 the OAH Executive Board voted unanimously to approve the five-year appointment of Jay S. Goodgold as the next treasurer of the Organization of American Historians.

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Posted: April 19, 2011
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OAH Reaches out to its Members in Japan

OAH President Alice Kessler-Harris, the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History at Columbia University, and OAH Executive Director Katherine Finley, contacted OAH members in Japan offering assistance after the devastation caused by the recent natural disaster in their country.

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Posted: April 18, 2011
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Action items from the Fall 2010 OAH Executive Board Meeting

At its fall 2010 meeting at the Hilton Washington in Washington, D.C., on November 13-14, the OAH Executive Board took the following actions:

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Posted: April 16, 2011
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An Open Letter to OAH Members in Wisconsin

In an open letter to Wisconsin members, OAH Past President David Hollinger, the Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History at the University of California, Berkeley, shares his thoughts on the collective bargaining situation in Wisconsin and its impact on the 2012 OAH/NCPH Annual Meeting in Milwaukee.

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Posted: April 14, 2011
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OAH Executive Board Approves Standards for Part-Time, Adjunct, and Contingent Faculty

At its 2011 annual meeting, the OAH Executive Board approved five standards and best practices for how colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education should employ and utilize nontenured and non-tenure-track history faculty.

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Posted: March 31, 2011
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