Project Showcase: College Women

college-women-betaWith the support of a one-year Foundations planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the seven women’s colleges once known as the “Seven Sisters” recently launched College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education. College Women brings together digitized letters, diaries, scrapbooks, and photographs of women who attended Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, Wellesley, and Radcliffe (now the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University). These materials, documenting women’s campus cultures, have long been preserved in the libraries of the seven schools; College Women makes them available online and searchable together for the first time. Continue reading

Professional opportunities July 21, 2015

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AWARD: Midwestern History Association’s Alice Smith Prize in Public History
DEADLINE: Sept. 15, 2015

CFP: Edited collection, “Baltimore Revisited: Social History for the Twenty-First Century City

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

CONF:The Art of Being Contemporary” – Communicating the Museum conference – Sept. 9-12, 2015, Topkapi, Hagia Sofia and Hagia Eirine, Turkey

CONF:Access is a Human Right” – Federation of International Human Rights Museums conference – Sept. 22-24, 2015

FUNDING: 2016/17 Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin for U.S.-based researchers to conduct independent study in Berlin
DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2015

NCH: Recent news items and calls for action from the National Coalition for History – Librarian of Congress retires, new NEH grant programs on “Dialogues on the Experience of War” and “Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records,” more

PUB: Free access to “The History of America in 100 Documents” from Adam Matthew Digital
DEADLINE: July 31, 2015

PUB: Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Vol. 54, No. 2 (May 2015)

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Defining success: Seeking clarity or accepting uncertainty?

A 50-foot (15 m) tape measure produced by the Lufkin Rule Co. in Saginaw, Michigan at some point after 1929 (patent 1,713,807).

How should public history graduate programs measure success? Photo credit: Wikipedia Lufkin tape measure

What constitutes success for a public history graduate program?  A strong placement record?  Student mastery of a set of professional skills?  Or perhaps cultivation of our discipline’s habits of mind?

One might say, “It depends”–on whom you ask, when you ask them, and why you want to know.  But does that ambiguity compromise our ability as program directors to represent our programs accurately and effectively to the students we serve and the administrators who oversee us?  In defining success, should we pursue clarity or get comfortable with uncertainty?

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Professional opportunities July 8, 2015

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CFP:Challenging the Exclusive Past” – National Council on Public History/Society for Historians in the Federal Government conference, March 16-19, 2016, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DEADLINE: July 15, 2015

CONF:Digital Directions: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections” – Aug. 3-5, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.

EDU: Upcoming Historic Preservation and Collections Care Courses at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies

EDU:Islamic Manuscript Collections in Conflict Zones: Safeguarding Written Heritage” – Oct. 5-7, 2015, Cambridge, U.K.

REV:Touching America’s History: From the Pequot War through World War II” (Brown)

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Project Showcase: Explore le Tour

Main-Logo-855x300Longer than the Olympics and arguably as prestigious, the most attended sporting event on earth is the Tour de France, which meanders through more than 2,000 miles of Europe’s most picturesque and challenging terrain. One cannot divorce the race from the surrounding cultural heritage and history. Yet this aspect of the Tour has not been fully integrated into the media surrounding the event.

This gap is what prompted me to create Explore le Tour as a side project to my full-time job in early 2015. The eventual concept is for Explore le Tour to become a comprehensive cultural and historical guide to the Tour de France route, where blog posts about specific topics are keyed to stage-by-stage maps and information. All this is geared towards enriching the television audience and traveler’s experience.

For those planning a trip to see the Tour in person, it offers ideas and context for things to see and do, many of which are off the beaten path. For the larger audience at home, the initiative serves as an armchair guide while watching the race on television. For Tour organizers, Explore le Tour offers an opportunity for increased fan engagement and possibly an expanded fan base thanks to the wide appeal of French culture across the globe. At the same time, the website moves to boost French tourism by marketing locations and events to the same global audience.

Join the peloton’s journey through France and history this July with Explore le Tour. Vive le Tour!

~ Alex Bethke is the Cultural Resources Program Lead for Navy Region Southwest in San Diego. He traveled to see the Tour de France in 2012 and launched Explore le Tour as a reflection of his three biggest passions, history, cycling, and travel.

Professional opportunities June 30, 2015

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ANNCT: HistoriCorps seeks volunteers for summer sessions working on restoration of slave quarters at Clermont Farm Slave Quarters, Berryville, Virginia, U.S.

CFP:What does heritage change?” Association of Critical Heritage Studies third biannual Conference – June 7-10, 2016, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
DEADLINE: July 1, 2015

CFP:Unsettling the Slave Narrative,” Biennial conference of C19: the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists – March 17-20, 2016, State College, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DEADLINE: Sept. 1, 2015

CONF:Whose regional and local histories?” Centre for Regional and Local History conference – Sept. 11-12, 2015, Middlesbrough, U.K.

Online oral history workshop from Baylor University Institute for Oral History – Aug. 12 and 19, 2015

FUNDING: 2016 Center for Missouri Studies Fellowships
DEADLINE: Sept. 1, 2015

PUB: Journal of the History of Collections, Vol. 27, No. 2 (July 2015) – Table of Contents available online

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Project Showcase: The Great Society Congress

Screenshot by Danielle Emerling

Image credit: Screenshot by Danielle Emerling

On October 15, 1966, President Lyndon Baines Johnson remarked: “When the historians of tomorrow write of today, they will say of the 89th Congress … ‘This was the great Congress.’” The president was elated that between January 1965 and December 1966, the 89th US Congress had enacted the most extensive legislative program since the New Deal. The Voting Rights Act, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and amendments to the Social Security Act, which resulted in the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, were but a few of the transformative pieces of legislation passed as cornerstones of Johnson’s Great Society agenda. Continue reading

Professional opportunities June 23, 2015

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CFP:Emerging Trends,” conference of ICOM International Committee of Marketing and Public Relations – Oct. 24-28, 2015, Yerevan, Armenia

CFP:Environmental History and its Publics,” American Society for Environmental History conference – March 30-April 3, 2016, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
DEADLINE: July 8, 2015

CFP: HistoryWeekly magazine seeks new, high-quality content

REV:Designing Dixie: Tourism, Memory, and Urban Space in the New South” (Hillyer)

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Professional opportunities June 17, 2015

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AWARD: Mountain-Plains Museums Association (western US) offers awards for individuals and institutions
DEADLINE: June 22, 2015

CFP: Open Source Software and Tools for the Library and Archive – online presentations sought for Sept. conference
DEADLINE: July 13, 2015

CFP: Museum International special issue on “Museums in a changing society
DEADLINE: Aug. 31, 2015

The Future of Holocaust Testimonies IV, An International Conference and Workshop – March 8-10, 2016, Akko, Israel
DEADLINE: Sept. 11, 2015

Scripting the Exhibition: Labels and Interpretive Panels” – online course from Northern States Conservation Center begins July 6, 2015

PUB: April/May 2015 edition of EXPOTIME! e-zine is available online

Embattled Memories: Contested Meanings in Korean War Memorials” (Choi)

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