Professional opportunities Nov. 24, 2015

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ANNCT:Cultural Heritage Diplomacy: How Nations use Historic Sites for Political Ends” – Nov. 25, 2015, Montréal, Québec

ANNCT:Immigration Records & Privacy at the National Archives” talk by William Creech – Dec. 10, 2015, Washington, D.C., U.S. and via YouTube

AWARD: American Library Association/Reference & User ServicesAssociation Genealogy History Achievement Award for professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service, or research librarianship
DEADLINE: Dec. 4, 2015

CFP: Journal of Hate Studies issue on “Hate and Heritage
DEADLINE: Dec. 21, 2015

CFP: World Archaeological Congress (WAC-8) – Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2016, Kyoto, Japan
DEADLINE: Dec. 31, 2015

CFP: Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexualities – June 1-4, 2017, Hempstead, New York, U.S.
DEADLINE: Jan. 15, 2016

CFP:Oral History and Technology,” Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region conference – April 14-15, 2016, Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
DEADLINE: Jan 31, 2016

CONF:The Politics of Memory: Victimization, Violence and Contested Narratives of the Past” – Dec. 3-5, 2015, New York, New York, U.S.

EDU: Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICE 2016) for mid-career museum, preservation, historic site and other arts and culture professionals – July 11-14, 2016, Kansas City, Missouri

REV: “Making Photography Matter: A Viewer’s History from the Civil War to the
Great Depression
” (Finnegan)

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Project Showcase: Building Histories of the National Mall

mallhistory-guideEver wondered how a digital project came to be?

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) shares how they built their NCPH-award winning project in a new free digital publication, Building Histories of the National Mall: A Guide to Creating a Digital Public History Project.

For institutions eager to begin developing their own version of Histories using Omeka, the technical specifications and code are available for download now. For organizations embarking on a new digital public history project, Building Histories of the National Mall offers an open source and replicable example for history and cultural heritage professionals wanting a cost-effective solution for developing and delivering mobile content.

Co-authored by the team that developed Histories of the National Mall, this guide is divided into seven main sections, including the project’s rationale; content development and interpretative approach; user experience and design; and outreach and publicity, including the social media strategy. This publication shares the project team’s decision to build for the mobile web and not a single-use, platform-specific native app. The guide also offers lessons learned and challenges faced throughout the project’s development, as well as how the team measured success for this digital public history project.

Building Histories of the National Mall and the website were funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Professional opportunities Nov. 11, 2015

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ANNCT: History library and research fair for job-seekers, researchers, and students at Senate House in London, featuring more than 30 libraries, archives, and research organizations plus panels on methods and collections – Nov. 27, 2015, London, U.K.

AWARDS: Deadline approaching for National Council on Public History Awards for projects, publications, travel
DEADLINE: Dec. 1, 2015

CFP: Southwestern Historical Association Annual Meeting – March 23-26, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
DEADLINE: Nov. 15, 2015

CFP:Building a Place for History,” 2016 NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference – June 8-9, 2016, South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
DEADLINE: Nov. 23, 2015

CFP: 8th annual Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) – July 8-12, 2016, Kent, Ohio, U.S.

CFP:The Power of Memory: Perspectives from Latin America” – June 10-12, 2016, Tokyo, Japan

CONF: Program available and registration now open for National Council on Public History/Society for History in the Federal Government 2016 conference – March 16-19, 2016, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

PUB: CAMOC news, the collections and activities of museums of cities, no. 4, 2015 now available

PUB:CODE | WORDS: Technology and Theory in the Museum” (Rodley, Stein, Cairns, ed.) from MuseumsEtc

REV:Civil War Canon: Sites of Confederate Memory in South Carolina” (Brown)

REV:The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan” (Hashimoto)

REV:Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance, and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim” (Darian-Smith and Edmonds, eds.)

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Project Showcase: AmericanScience

Tag cloud for the AmericanScience blog.

Tag cloud for the AmericanScience blog

AmericanScience is a team blog tracking all things science–both contemporary and historical. Graduate student- and early career-editors (as well as guest posters) bring a historical perspective to current issues in American science and technology­­­–from the Anthropocene and climate change to Thomas Kuhn and Uber. The site also serves as a venue for reports on conferences and workshops, reviews of books and public exhibits, and reexaminations of classic texts from new vantage points. In the spirit of historicizing science for the public, the team maintains an active Twitter account that rounds up daily links to science news and institutional announcements–from developments in the Volkswagen emissions fraud to new museum exhibits worth visiting.

A new series of posts focuses on science and natural history museums in the context of public history and public science. Placing museum studies in conversation with science and technology studies allows for fresh interrogations of outreach, science education, and the politics and cultures of display in popular institutions. The wide-ranging interests of the blog’s editors generate diverse conversations about science and society, revealing the impact of historical narratives on contemporary issues.

For more on the project, visit the blog, Tweet us, or contact one of the current editors: Leah Aronowsky (, Elaine Ayers (, Jenna Healey (, Evan Hepler-Smith (, or David Singerman (

~ Elaine Ayers is a PhD candidate in the History of Science at Princeton University and an editor of the blog, AmericanScience.

Professional opportunities Oct. 27, 2015

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AWARD: Society for History in the Federal Government offers two book awards – Henry Adams Award for a book about U.S. federal government by a non-federal-government employee and George Pendleton Award for a book written by a current or former federal government historian or sponsored by a government history office.
DEADLINE: Nov. 30, 2015

CFP: The Archaeology Channel Conference on Cultural Heritage Media – May 11-15, 2016, Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
DEADLINE: Oct. 31, 2015

CFP:Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings of Urban Heritage” – March 31-April 4, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan
DEADLINE: Nov. 20, 2015

CFP:Mapping the Past: GIS Approaches to Ancient History” – April 8-9, 2016, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.
DEADLINE: Dec. 15, 2015

CONF: CAMOC (International Committee for the Collections of Activities of Museums of Cities) invites participation in a workshop on migration in cities – Nov. 26-27, 2015, Glasgow, Scotland

CONF: 4th Annual Sweat Equity Investment in the Cotton Kingdom Symposium – Nov. 12, 2015, Itta Bena, Mississippi, U.S.

EDU: 3-week online course on “Copyright and Intellectual Property 101 for Museums” from conservator David Harvey starting Nov. 9, 2015

PUB: Journal of the History of Collections, Vol. 27, No. 3 (Nov. 2015) – “Gothic Art in America

REV: “Independence Day: Myth, Symbol, and the Creation of Modern Poland” (Biskupski)

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Professional opportunities Oct. 20, 2015

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3rd International Public History Conference – July 7-9, 2016, Bogotá, Colombia

CFP: #SHS40 – Social History Society 40th Anniversary Conference – March 21-23, 2016, Lancaster, U.K.
DEADLINE: Nov. 16, 2015

CFP:The Spirit of Rebirth” – American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and Michigan Museums Association conference, Sept. 14-17, 2016, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DEADLINE: Dec. 7, 2015

CFP: 23rd EUROCLIO Annual Conference, “Remembering the Difficult Past through History and Heritage Education” – March 19-24, 2016, Belfast, Northern Ireland
DEADLINE: Dec. 15, 2015

CFP:For What It’s Worth: Nostalgia, Sustainability, and the Values of the Present” – April 28-30, 2016, Giessen, Germany
DEADLINE: Dec. 15, 2015

CONF: The XIIth Annual International Conference for Professionals in Cultural Heritage – Nov. 8-9, 2015, Jerusalem, Israel

CONF:Mapping Memories of Post-1989 Europe” – Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2015, Vienna, Austria

EDU:Basics of Archives” online course from American Association for State and Local History (Oct. 26-Nov. 20, 2015)

EDU: Workshop on public history education (pedagogy, internships, and potential areas of collaboration) at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S. – Nov. 7, 2015 (email ctfriend[at] for more information)

REV:The History Manifesto” (Guldi and Armitage)

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Film and history: An invitation

Photo credit: Tomás Fano

Photo credit: Tomás Fano

To moviemakers, history is an endless source of human drama.

To historians, movies are a powerful art form that can accurately represent the past, seriously distort it–or both.

As historians and other professionals concerned with presenting or preserving history, you have a perspective on the role of history in movies that is critically important.

Which is why Smithsonian magazine and the National Museum of American History are inviting you to take part in this survey. It is being conducted in conjunction with the “History Film Forum: Secrets of American History” festival at the museum November 19 to 22. Continue reading

Professional opportunities Oct. 13, 2015

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ANNCT: “Marx and the Environment: Problems and Solutions” seminar from History and the Environment/Raphael Samuel History Centre – Oct. 15, 2015, London, UK (see Raphael Samuel History Centre’s Facebook page for details)

CFP: Museum International seeks contributions for Vol. 68, No. 271 – 272: Museums and Cultural Landscapes
DEADLINE: Jan. 31, 2016

EDU: Four-week online course from MuseumStudy, “Introduction to Heritage Interpretation” with John Veverka, starting Nov. 2

FUNDING: Lemelson Center Fellowship Program and Travel to Collections Award Program at the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center
DEADLINE: Dec. 1, 2015

FUNDING: 2016/17 fellowships at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon
DEADLINE: Dec. 31, 2015

REV:Heritage, Diaspora and the Consumption of Culture: Movements in Irish Landscapes” (Nititham and Boyd, eds.)

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Professional opportunities Oct. 6, 2015

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National Council on Public History recognizes the best work in the field with a range of awards for projects, publication, consulting, and more. NCPH book award and Robert Kelley Award for distinguished achievement due Nov. 1; all others due Dec. 1

CFP: 5th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development – July 12-15, 2015, Lisbon, Portugal

CONF:Objects as Subjects: Material Cultures of the Civil War Era” – Oct. 17, 2015, Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.

EDU: Four-week online course on “Ethics, Laws and Collection Management” from Museum Study starting Nov. 2

EDU: Advanced online workshop in oral history interviewing from Baylor University – Nov. 18, 2015

EDU: CoSA and Preservica announce new Practical Digital Preservation 2015/16 online training for state archivists

EDU: Online courses from LYRASIS on grant-writing for digitization/preservation projects, digital collection policy development, and more

FUNDING: American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) planning grant applications now available
DEADLINE: Jan. 14, 2016

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Professional opportunities Sept. 29, 2015

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Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize for the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes.
DEADLINE: Dec. 15, 2015

CFP: Poster submissions sought for National Council on Public History/Society for History in the Federal Government conference – March 17, 2016, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DEADLINE: Oct. 1, 2016

CFP: Submissions sought for edited volume, “Remember the Dead, Remind the Survivors, Warn the Descendants: War Memorials from a Global Perspective
DEADLINE: Dec. 10, 2015

CONF: International Workshop on Oral History – Oct. 1-3, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

CONF: American Alliance of Museums 2016 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo – May 26-29, 2016, Washington, DC, U.S.

FUNDING: Residential fellowships at the John Carter Brown Library (Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.) for research on the Americas in the early modern period.
DEADLINE: Dec. 1, 2015

FUNDING: Wolfsonian–Florida International University fellowships for the study of modern visual and material culture.
DEADLINE: Dec. 31, 2015

REV:The Struggle for Black Freedom in Miami: Civil Rights and America’s Tourist Paradise, 1896-1968” (Rose)

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