Project Showcase: Lakota Emergence

PrintThe Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) in South Dakota will present an innovative exhibit in early May 2015 called “Lakota Emergence.” The exhibit focuses entirely on the short Lakota emergence narrative titled “How the Lakota Came Upon the World,” published in 1917. The exhibit divides the 1,251-word narrative into 16 “passages,” and pairs each passage with an outstanding example of a practical or artistic object from the Sioux Indian Museum (one of the three Indian Arts and Crafts Board museums in the United States). The selected objects span a period of time from before the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty all the way to the early 1970s. All were created by Lakotas and were collected from within the boundaries of the 1868 Treaty, including what is now Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and Standing Rock Reservations, as well as the community of Rapid City.

In addition to the passages and museum objects, original artworks by distinguished and emerging contemporary Lakota artists will be featured, thereby creating what are called “vignettes.” These 16 vignettes will recount the Lakota emergence narrative in written words, museum collections, and contemporary artworks. Dr. Craig Howe, director of CAIRNS and curator of Lakota Emergence, says “the exhibit was conceived to illustrate that the emergence narrative continues to be a source of creativity, and that Wind Cave was and always will remain a landscape of special significance in Lakota cosmology.”

Professional opportunities March 24, 2015

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AWARD: Public History Prize from the Canadian Historical Society for work that achieves high standards of original research, scholarship, and presentation; brings an innovative public history contribution to its audience; and serves as a model for future work, advancing the field of public history in Canada.
DEADLINE: March 31, 2015

AWARD: Archeological Institute of America seeks nominations for 2015 awards for Best Practices in Site Preservation and Conservation and Heritage Management.
DEADLINE: May 1, 2015

CFP:Affect: Memory, Aesthetics, Ethics” – Sept. 18-20, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
DEADLINE: April 6, 2015

CFP:Collecting and Collections – the Politics and Praxis of Social, Economic, and Intellectual Sustainability” – Oct. 26-31, 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea
DEADLINE: April 20, 2105

REV:Zoned in the USA: The Origins and Implications of American Land-Use Regulation” (Hirt)

REV:Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice” (Bell)

REV:Stories of the South: Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915” (Prince)

REV:Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History” (Smithers)

TOC: Environmental History Vol. 20, No. 2 (April 2015) – Table of Contents now available online

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“What are you going to do with a history degree?” Helping students navigate a graduate degree and career in public history

Public History Navigator. Screenshot courtesy Adina Langer

Public History Navigator screenshot

Every history major is familiar with this question, and while a few undergraduates may have an answer at the ready, many aren’t exactly sure what they want to do with their degree. For the past year and a half, the NCPH New Professional and Graduate Student Committee has worked hard to create a resource to better prepare undergraduates and graduate students to enter and succeed in the public history profession:

The Public History Navigator: How to Choose and Thrive in a Public History Graduate Program

Section one of this two-part guide investigates how to choose and apply to a graduate program and encourages students to find the right program and degree for their ultimate career goals. The second section includes tips on making the most of graduate school and how students can make themselves more marketable for the job hunt. Continue reading

Professional opportunities March 17, 2015

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ANNCT: The Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis (CHIA) announces the release of the World-Historical Dataverse, its online archive of available datasets

CFP: The New York Council for the Humanities invites applications for its new public engagement initiative, the Public Scholars program
DEADLINE: March 25, 2015

CFP:Africa and the First World War: Remembrance, Memories and Representations after Hundred Years” – Oct. 28-30, 2015, Cape Coast, Ghana
DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

CFP:Memory, Melancholy and Nostalgia,” 4th International Interdisciplinary Memory Conference – Sept. 17-18, 2015, Gdańsk, Poland
DEADLINE: June 15, 2015

EDU: Program in New England Studies from Historic New England – June 15-20 2015, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. (Scholarships available)

PUB:Frames of Memory after 9/11: Culture, Criticism, Politics, and Law” (Bond)

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Professional opportunities March 10, 2015

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ANNCT: “Making public forgotten black histories 1750-2014: From ghostly hands to children’s memorials on slave graves,” Public History Discussion Group presentation by Alan Rice – March 21, 2015, London, UK

AWARD: The Western History Association invites nominations for the 2015 Autry Public History Prize for media exhibits, public programs, or written works that contribute to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or serve as a model of professional public history practice in the history of the North American West.

CONF:Ephemera 35: The Sporting Life,” 35th Ephemera Society of America Annual Conference – March 20-22, 2015, Old Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.

CONF:Museum Education in the 21st Century,” 2015 Eastern Illinois University Historical Administration Program Association’s 38th annual symposium – April 10-11, 2015 in Charleston, Illinois, U.S.

CONF:Cultivate & Thrive,” 20th anniversary conference of the Association of Personal Historians – Oct. 21-25, 2015, Sacramento, California, U.S.

EDU: One-day workshop on community oral history from the Southwest Oral History Association – March 19, 2015, Del Mar, California, U.S.

EDU: Online courses in March from conservator David Harvey on conserving historic firearms; paranormal investigations in museums; conservation of historic copper, brass, bronze

EDU:Learning from the Past – 20 Years after the Bosnian War: Education for Reconciliation and Lasting Peace in Post-Conflict Societies” summer school – June 27-July 8, 2015, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

EDU: 2015 Historical Thinking Summer Institute from the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness – July 6-11, 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
DEADLINE: May 25, 2015

Digital Arts and Humanities PhD at University College, Cork, Ireland now accepting scholarship applications

FUNDING: Inaugural Juno Beach Centre Fellowship program for Canadian graduate students researching Canadian military history.
DEADLINE: March 31, 2015

FUNDING: Brimstone Grant Opportunity with the National Storytelling Network for service-oriented, community-based storytelling projects.
DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

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Professional opportunities March 3, 2015

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ANNCT:Memory and Commemoration: The Azrieli Holocaust Collection at Thirty” – March 10, 2015, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

CFP: Wunderkino 5: “Moving Images of War and Peace,” 16th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium – July 23-25, 2015, Bucksport, Maine, U.S.
DEADLINE: April 20, 2015

CFP: 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference – Sept. 25-27, 2015, Northampton and Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.
DEADLINE: March 31, 2015

CONF:Knowing Things: Circulations and Transitions of Objects in Natural History” – March 23-24, 2015, Berlin, Germany

Google Hangout: “Open Licensing: What It Is, Why Do It” – March 5, 2015

EDU: Gilder Lehrman Center announces fourth annual Yale Public History Institute for graduate students, historians, and the staff of public history institutions interpreting African American history – July 19-23, 2015, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
DEADLINE: April 3, 2015

EDU: Field school for students featuring restoration of historic adobe trading post and fort at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site – March 16-20 or May 4-8, 2015, La Junta, Colorado, U.S.

EDU: 2015 Oral History Institute at Kenyon College – June 2-4, 2015, Gambier, Ohio, U.S.

EDU: Summer 2015 Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School – June and July 2015 dates, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
DEADLINE: March 27, 2015

FUNDING: Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grants from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
Information session March 4, 2015

PUB: Journal of the History of Collections, Vol. 27, No. 1 (March 2015) – Table of Contents available online

PUB: Three-volume “Academic Museums” collection from MuseumsEtc. – new color editions, on sale with free shipping

REV:Lovewell’s Fight: War, Death, and Memory in Borderland New England” (Cray)

REV:St Petersburg: Shadows of the Past” (Kelly)

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Professional opportunities Feb. 24, 2015

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CFP: “The Remembered and the Forgotten: Preserving and Interpreting the Americas to 1820″– Oct. 22-24, 2015, Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
DEADLINE: March 1, 2015

CFP: Special double issue of Museum International (Vol. 67 No. 267-268) on “Museums, Heritage and Capacity Building
DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

CFP: Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies (Vol. 42 No. 1) issue on “Memories on the Move: Asian Connections
DEADLINE: June 30, 2015

EDU:Talking with Scientists: Training in Interviewing and Oral History Techniques” – week-long workshop from the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

FUNDING: Charlton Oral History Research Grant – Baylor University Institute for Oral History
DEADLINE: May 1, 2015

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Professional opportunities Feb. 17, 2015

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CFP: Alliance for Historical Dialogue Fellowship Program – Sept. 2-Dec. 18, 2015, New York, New York, U.S.
DEADLINE: March 6, 2015

CFP: Objects in Motion: Material Culture in Transition – June 18-20, 2015, Cambridge, U.K.
DEADLINE: March 15, 2015 (PDF)

EDU: Landmarks of American History and Culture Summer Workshop for K-12 Educators, “Forever Wild” – July 12-18 or 19-25, Adirondacks (upstate New York), U.S.
DEADLINE: March 2, 2015

EDU: Scholarships available for two-year English-language Master’s program in Applied and Interdisciplinary History at Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia
DEADLINE: May 15, 2015

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Reflections on the founding of NCPH

In recent months the NCPH Council of Past Presidents has discussed ways to honor some of the individuals who founded the National Council on Public History in 1980. As a result, at the 2015 NCPH Annual Meeting in Nashville, G. Wesley Johnson and Robert Pomeroy will receive the inaugural NCPH Founders Award, and they and others of the first NCPH generation will be invited to participate in an oral history project to be organized by the Council of Past Presidents. In this post, two past presidents, Ted Karamanski (Loyola University Chicago), and Rebecca Conard (Middle Tennessee State University) offer their personal reflections on the contributions of Johnson and Pomeroy to the organization and the field. For a brief history of NCPH’s early years, see Barb Howe’s “Reflections on an Idea: NCPH’s First Decade,” The Public Historian, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Summer 1989). Continue reading

Remembering Jann Warren-Findley

Jannelle Warren-Findley

Jannelle Warren-Findley will be posthumously awarded the Robert Kelley Award at the NCPH annual meeting in Nashville. Photo credit: Arizona State University

Dr. Jannelle Warren-Findley died at her home in Phoenix, Arizona, last week. Recently retired from Arizona State University, where she taught in and directed the public history program, she was a past President of the National Council on Public History (1997-98), an important voice in a number of areas of public history thought and practice (including women’s history and efforts to internationalize the field), and a dear friend and mentor to many. At the 2015 NCPH conference in Nashville, she will be honored posthumously with the Robert Kelley Award for distinguished service to the field. Some of her friends and colleagues offer their memories of Jann here. We welcome additional contributions and recollections via the comments at the end of this page.