News of the OAH
Renew Early and Win Results
Thank you to everyone who renewed their membership by September 30, and congratulations to the 2019 contest winners!
• Grand prize – A portable Scanner with Auto-Feed Docking Station – Malachy McCarthy
• First prize – A free night at Marriott Wardman Park during the 2020 Annual Meeting – Linda Jean Thorsen
• Second prize (2) – A free registration for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. – Emily Grocholski and Emily Anne Yankowitz
• Third prize (2) – A HALO Pocket Power Portable Battery Charger – Dorothy Tobin and Daniel Clark
Donate $20. Get an #OAH20 T-shirt!
The OAH is proud to feature our #OAH2020 t-shirt illustrated in the styles of the suffragist magazines of the era by Kristy Taylor, Meetings and Sales Assistant. The t-shirt marks the 100 year anniversary of the 19th amendment and is available by donating $20 during your conference registration (must register by February 1, to take advantage of this offer).
T-shirts will be available for pick-up at the OAH Annual Meeting only.
Order yours during registration, or if you have already registered, go to the OAH Online Store (https://secure.oah.org/store) to add it to your pre-existing registration!
Upcoming Award Deadlines
Erik Barnouw Award – Submission Deadline – January 7, 2020
This award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians in recognition of outstanding programming on television, or in documentary film, concerned with American history, the study of American history, and/or the promotion of American history. Submissions should be self-contained products even though their content may extend across other media platforms (including podcasts and websites). Only films and video programs released January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 are eligible for entry. To learn more about the award and submission procedures, please visit https://www.oah.org/awards/uncategorized-awards/erik-barnouw-award/
Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) Graduate Student Travel Grants
A limited number of Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) travel grants are available for graduate students wishing to attend the OAH Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., April 2-5, 2020. Applications will be accepted from December 23, 2019 to January 13, 2020. To learn more about the application procedure and eligibility requirements, please visit https://www.oah.org/awards/travel-grants/jaas/
Featured Benefit – Dental Insurance through Trust for Insuring Educators
As a member of the OAH, U.S. residents can purchase dental coverage through the Trust for Insuring Educators (TIE), administered by Forrest T. Jones & Company. The Educators Dental Plan is provided by MetLife (Metropolitan Life Insurance Company). Premiums are low, and the plan pays up to $1000 per person per year. To learn more about the plan and to get a quote, visit the OAH Member Insurance Program website by logging into the OAH Member Portal (https://secure.oah.org) and selecting “Members-Only Discounts” under “Membership.” You can also call Forrest T. Jones and speak with a customer service representative at (800) 821-7303.
American History Experts Database
Be sure to keep your American History Experts profile up to date. The database assists members of the media when they need an expert to provide background and to contextualize breaking news. Create or update your profile here: http://www.americanhistoryexperts.org.
New Staff at the OAH
The OAH is pleased to welcome Patrick Dias as the new Membership Coordinator. Dias graduated from the Indiana University O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in May 2010. He is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is fluent in Portuguese.
Don’t Forget to Vote!
Voting is currently open for the 2020 Annual Election. Please be sure to cast your ballot before voting ends on January 31, 2020. The election is being conducted entirely online this year. To view the Slate and read the candidate biographies, please visit https://www.oah.org/about/governance/elections/. If you have not received an email with instructions on how to vote, please contact Kara Hamm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotlight on the National Park Service-OAH Collaboration
2019 was the most productive year yet for the Park Service-OAH collaboration. The OAH began work on six new NPS projects this year that reflect a diversity of topics and project types:
• A historic resource study of Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts.
• A historic resource study of Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, Connecticut. This study will examine the laborers who lived and worked at the site between the 1880s and 1940s.
• A historic context study of African American Schools in the South between 1865 and 1900. This two-part study will seek to identify schools through a broad narrative context as well as a field-based case study component of extant structures.
• An ethnographic resource study to identify the descendants of Civil War contraband communities in Region 1: National Capital Area, which includes all of Washington, D.C., and portions of Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia.
• A National Historic Landmark nomination for the Jefferson County (West Virginia) Courthouse, where trials took place in the early 1920s following the West Virginia mine wars.
• An update to the Administrative History of Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland.
The scholars working on these projects represent a mix of newer and longer-term OAH members from different professional backgrounds: three of the projects are being led by independent scholars, three by members who hold faculty positions at universities.
The recently updated NPS-OAH Collaboration page (https://www.oah.org/nps/) on the OAH website now includes more information about active and completed projects. Our featured projects page (https://www.oah.org/the-oah-national-park-service-collaboration/featured-project/) highlights recent work done by OAH members. By clicking through the cumulative projects page (https://www.oah.org/the-oah-national-park-service-collaboration/oah-nps-projects-1/), you can see all of the different work done since 1994. You can also explore the two most recently completed reports, for Saratoga National Historical Park (https://www.oah.org/site/assets/files/10292/sara_nhp_-_colonial_saratoga_war_and_peace_on_the_borderlands.pdf) and First State National Historical Park (https://www.oah.org/site/assets/files/10217/frst_hrs-_10_11.pdf).