News and Announcements

The WHA Office often receives notifications about awards, scholarships, fellowships, and events that might be of interest to our members. Please send details to us about your programs and we will post this information to our news blog below.

  • Monday, May 10, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Council on Public History (NCPH) invites proposals for its 2022 Annual Meeting, March 23-26, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    If the last few years have shown us anything, it’s that we are currently standing at a crossroads. We have all witnessed monumental changes in society that have fundamentally altered how we see one another, how we interact with each other, and how we will go forward together in the future. Being at the crossroads allows us to reckon with the past while seeking solutions for repair and contributing to a more equitable society. As public historians, our work is critical in defining turning points, meaningful direction, and inspiring movement on paths toward progress. To learn more about the conference theme, “Crossroads,” and to fill out the proposal form, visit us at https://ncph.org/conference/2022-annual-meeting/calls-for-proposals/.

    Final submissions are due July 15, 2021. Please email NCPH at ncph@iupui.edu with any questions.

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    History Camp America Call for Speakers

    Deadline: June 1 

    History Camp, an annual one-day event for adults from all walks of life, started in 2014 and now takes place in several cities, including Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Des Moines, and Denver.

    This year it will be a nationwide event, History Camp America, and will take place online on July 10.  It will stream live 9 am - 5 pm.

    History Camp America is looking for the nation’s most interesting and informative history presenters—authors, researchers, and teachers, historians, Park Rangers, and docents—anyone who has a passion for history, is deeply knowledgeable about their topic, and is a seasoned presenter who can capture and hold an audience’s attention. They have had several requests for western history.

    Past History Camp participants include: 

    Amity Shlaes

    Lindsay Chervinsky

    Eric Jay Dolin

    Tom Clavin

    William C. Davis

    Stephen Knott

    Ted Widmer

    JL Bell

    Emerson “Tad” Baker

    Apply online by June 1, 2021: https://historycamp.org/history-camp-america-2021/presenters/

    History Camp is a project of the non-profit organization The Pursuit of History (ThePursuitOfHistory.org), which engages adults in conversation about history and connects them with historic sites in their communities and across the country through innovative in-person and online programming. 

    For more information, contact Carrie Lund, Executive Director, Carrie@ThePursuitOfHistory.org.


  • Wednesday, March 03, 2021 9:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wichita State University’s History Department invites applications for a twelve-month three-year visiting assistant professor in Latinx History.  It is possible that the visiting position may be recast as a tenure-track position at a future date. A terminal degree in History and concentration in Latinx studies or Latin American studies is required. Sub-specialties may include (1) Afro-Latin studies (2) Ethnic studies (3) Language (4) Women’s studies (5) Hemispheric studies (6) Borderlands. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of research excellence, commitment to undergraduate, graduate, and general education teaching,  and work with diverse populations. Duties include teaching introductory surveys courses, undergraduate certificate courses, upper division, and graduate courses in the area of specialty and serving on committees. The visiting professor is expected to take an active role in working with undergraduate students in the Shocker Adelante Scholars Program, working with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Director of Latinx studies, develop community partnerships, promoting the WSU Latinx Studies program in high schools, and collaborate in developing the Latinx Studies certificate. The appointment begins August 1, 2021. The chosen candidates must provide proof of the required terminal degree on or before August 1, 2021.

    Applications must be received no later than April 1, 2021. Applications must include a cover letter specifying your teaching and research areas, a C.V., three letters of recommendation, a demonstration of your work in digital humanities (for example, a weblink), and article/chapter-length writing sample. Candidates must apply online at http://wichita.edu/wsujobs.  Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact employment@wichita.edu.

    Wichita State University is committed to fostering a diverse university community within a supportive environment.  All employees of Wichita State University are essential to our success and are expected to support the WSU Vision, Mission and Values that cultivate an environment rich in diversity of culture, thought and experience.

    Wichita State University is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.

    For additional information, contact George Dehner, Associate Professor and Search Committee Chair, George.Dehner@wichita.edu

    Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory criminal background check as required by Board of Regents policy.


  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 3:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Target your message to historians with an interest in the North American West by advertising in WHQ! The cutting-edge journal is read by national and international members of the Western History Association as well as students, teachers, and researchers in this diverse field. The award-winning journal is also included in numerous library consortiums across the globe.

    For details on the advertising options available including, prices, specifications, and schedules, please contact wha@westernhistory.org


  • Tuesday, February 09, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Montana Historical Society Research Center has announced the opening of applications for the 2021 James H. Bradley Fellowship.* This fellowship is open to graduate students, faculty, and/or independent scholars researching Montana history. Each fellowship includes a stipend of $3,000.

    Each recipient is expected to be in residence conducting research for the equivalent of three weeks (approximately 90 hours) between June 1 and October 31. Fellows are expected to make use of the Montana Historical Society collections and to submit a written report upon completion of the research. Bradley Fellows also agree to submit an article based on the research for possible publication in the Society's quarterly journal, Montana The Magazine of Western History, within one year of their residency.

    Award Criteria:

    • suitability of research to the Society's archival, library, photograph, or museum collections
    • applicant's education and research abilities (applicants must be currently enrolled in or have completed a master's program in history or a related field)
    • potential of the project to make a significant contribution to historical scholarship on Montana
    • potential of the project to produce an article-length publication

    Application Requirements:

    • project proposal, not to exceed 3 double-spaced pages, including specific materials the applicant intends to consult
    • cover letter
    • 2-3 page resume
    • letter of recommendation

    Applications must be sent electronically as one PDF document to mhslibrary@mt.gov no later than March 15. Announcement of awards will be made in early April. Questions about the fellowship should be directed to Roberta Gebhardt at rgebhardt@mt.gov.

    *Montana Historical Society employees and previous Bradley Fellows are not eligible to apply.

  • Friday, February 05, 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There is a major new collaboration between the National Historic Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives (NHPRC) and the Mellon Foundation which seeks to encourage and support collaborative digital editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History AND to augment opportunities for African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans to develop their skills as documentary editors. 

    Application deadline is June 9, 2021.

    For the full flier, see the link below.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/14og26sfg22uvz3/NHPRC-Mellon%20Grant.pdf?dl=0

  • Tuesday, February 02, 2021 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Announcement from the University of North Carolina Press:

    UNC Press announces the publication of Writing Kit Carson:  Fallen Heroes in a Changing West by Susan Lee Johnson. For more information on exam copies and how to purchase, see below.

    Writing Kit Carson

    Fallen Heroes in a Changing West

    Susan Lee Johnson

     

    In this critical biography, Susan Lee Johnson braids together lives over time and space, telling tales of two white women who, in the 1960s, wrote books about the fabled frontiersman Christopher "Kit" Carson: Quantrille McClung, a Denver librarian who compiled the Carson-Bent-Boggs Genealogy, and Kansas-born but Washington, D.C.- and Chicago-based Bernice Blackwelder, a singer on stage and radio, a CIA employee, and the author of Great Westerner: The Story of Kit Carson. In the 1970s, as once-celebrated figures like Carson were falling headlong from grace, these two amateur historians kept weaving stories of western white men, including those who married American Indian and Spanish Mexican women, just as Carson had wed Singing Grass, Making Out Road, and Josefa Jaramillo.

    Johnson’s multilayered biography reveals the nature of relationships between women historians and male historical subjects and between history buffs and professional historians. It explores the practice of history in the context of everyday life, the seductions of gender in the context of racialized power, and the strange contours of twentieth-century relationships predicated on nineteenth-century pasts. On the surface, it tells a story of lives tangled across generation and geography. Underneath run probing questions about how we know about the past and how that knowledge is shaped by the conditions of our knowing.

     

    "A remarkably thoughtful, subtle, genre-bending study that weaves history and historiography, politics, and memoir, into an eloquent whole."

    --Emma Donoghue, author of Room and The Pull of the Stars

    "This is a work of daunting originality, one that only a skilled and experienced historian could attempt. Susan Johnson tells her tale with imagination, daring, and grace."

    --Richard White, author of The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896


    528 pages  $29.95  hardcover

    Published in association with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas

    For more information and to read an excerpt, visit the book page.

    Electronic exam copies are also now available and are free to instructors.
    Visit the 
    For Educators page on our website for details.

    And, when you visit our site, take advantage of our current online promotion – save 40 percent off any UNC Press book – and if your order totals $75.00, shipping is FREE.   Visit www.uncpress.org   – and use promo code 01DAH40 at checkout.

    Book Reviewers/Media:  PDFs are available for book reviewers and other media.  To make your request, contact publicity@uncpress.org.


  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The fight for women’s suffrage. Transportation canals that helped shape the nation. Folklore that’s important to local communities. Locations on the National Register of Historic Places.

    These are the themes of four nationwide roadside marker grant programs funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. One of the Foundation’s main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history by providing grants for roadside markers and plaques.

    As you plan for 2021, consider how your community, region or state’s history and folklore may tie in to one of these marker grant programs. If you work with students, this may be the perfect opportunity to involve them in a research project that will have an impact.

    To learn more about the Pomeroy Foundation and its nationwide marker grant programs, visit wgpfoundation.org. Program guidelines and how to apply are available at the following links:

    National Register Signage Grant Program

    Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program

    Legends & Lore Marker Grant Program

    National Votes for Women Trail

    Since 2006, the Pomeroy Foundation has funded more than 1,300 markers and plaques nationwide. Marker grants are open to local, state and federal government entities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations. Grants cover the cost of a cast aluminum marker, pole and shipping.

    Contact Us

    Are you currently involved with a marker program, or are a representative of a nonprofit or government organization and would like to start your own marker program? Let’s connect. Email Ms. Deryn Pomeroy, Director of Strategic Initiatives, at deryn@wgpfoundation.org. For general questions about applying for a marker grant, email info@wgpfoundation.org.


  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A person riding a horse Description automatically generatedThe Council on America’s Military Past is looking for a few good authors! The ideal paper will be related to America’s military past at the intersection of military history and historic preservation, and might feature old posts (forts, ships and airplanes), battles or battlefields, biographies, units, or equipment. Papers should conform to the Chicago Manual of style, with footnotes, and run between five and ten thousand words.

    Please go to http://campjamp.org/publications or email the editor at editorjamp@gmail.com with questions or submissions. The Journal – JAMP – is a peer reviewed publication that goes to press three times a year in print and electronic form and dates from 1966.


  • Friday, January 08, 2021 3:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This position is being advertised for the Environmental Management Group, in the Columbia-Cascades Area Office in Yakima, Washington.

    Historian, GS-0170-11

    1 Position

    Permanent, Full-time

    Salary: $64,649 to $84,049 per year

    Moving expenses are not authorized

    Announcements Open: 01/07/2021 to 01/21/2021

    BOR-21-MP-11001853-NS is opened to current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, persons eligible under CTAP & ICTAP, current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (such as 30% Disabled Veterans, VRA, Schedule A, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA, etc.).

    USAJOBS - Job Announcement

    BOR-21-DE-11001854-NS is opened to all United States Citizens and Nationals.

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