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When our staff receives requests to post news and announcements, you will find them here and on our social media platforms. Please email us if you wish to be included in our news and announcements feed! 

  • Friday, August 25, 2017 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Department of Social Sciences and the Northwestern Institute for Citizenship Studies announce the upcoming Chisholm Trail Symposium that will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Northwestern-Enid campus, Enid, Oklahoma.

    Scholars, students and members of the general public are invited to participate. Professional development certificates will also be issued to teachers who attend the symposium.  The deadline for participant registration is Friday, Sept. 1.  A free lunch is provided for registered participants. Conference planners are still seeking submissions of scholarly papers and/or research posters from professional or student historians on the subject of the Chisholm Trail.

    For more information about the symposium, registration, or paper/poster submissions, contact Jana Brown (580) 327-8521 or or Ken Kelsey (580) 327-8523 or


  • Friday, August 25, 2017 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Montana Historical Society will be holding its 44th annual history conference on September 21-23, 2017 in Helena, Montana. Registration closed September 15

    To learn more, visit To receive a copy of the full conference program contact Joy Lewis at 406-444-1799 or email

     The conference features workshops for educators and genealogists, sessions on a wide range of topics, and keynote presentations. Sessions will look at both those who supported WWI and those who opposed it. Presentations will cover themes ranging from the contributions of African-American Montanans and U.S. Forest Service fighting overseas to the involvement of women on the home front and in Europe to the Montana Sedition Act and gun registry created by the Montana Council of Defense. Other speakers will discuss issues that helped define life during this time period but weren’t directly tied to the war, including gambling laws and Prohibition.

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Arizona Historical Society (AHS) is currently seeking a Director of Publications to plan, develop, and manage the AHS statewide publications program, including the editing, production, and distribution of the Journal of Arizona History, special historical books and monographs, brochures, exhibit labels and text and other agency publications. This position will manage the production flow by overseeing and directing day to day operations and activities of staff. 

    To view the full posting and to apply, please go to

  • Friday, August 11, 2017 6:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The State Historical Society of Missouri announces two Center for Missouri Studies fellowship opportunities for the calendar year beginning January 1, 2018. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000 for a project that results in the completion of a 6,000 to 8,000-word scholarly essay, exclusive of notes, on one of two selected topics. Application Deadline: September 1, 2017. For more information visit:

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    The American Heritage Center (AHC) at the University of Wyoming offers five annual travel grants to be used by scholars. The grants are for up to $500 each and provide support for travel, food and lodging to carry out research using the AHC's collections. Subject areas include: Wyoming, the American West, transportation, conservation, water resources and the performing arts. Persons interested in such grants should complete the application at

    We ask that each applicant also attach a brief description of the project, indicate any publication plans for the project, and which collections at the AHC will be used and how these will support the work. Applications are due April 14, 2017. Application and current resume should be sent to: Bridget Burke, Director, American Heritage Center, Dept. 3924, 1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071.

     The AHC is the University of Wyoming’s repository of manuscript collections, rare books, and University archives. Our collections are the raw data of humanistic and interdisciplinary research. We are the laboratory for citizens and scholars to engage with primary sources in all formats that support the creation of historical narratives, interrogate the past, build community, and pose and answer questions about human experience. The AHC holds collections of distinction, serving citizens and scholars in Wyoming and beyond. For more information about the AHC and its collections, please go to

     Bridget Burke
    American Heritage Center
    University of Wyoming
    Dept. 3924
    1000 E. University Avenue
    Laramie, WY 82071


  • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 4:28 PM | Anonymous

     The Tombstone Epitaph National Edition, an internationally circulated monthly journal of Old West history, seeks a new editor.  Founded in historic Tombstone, Arizona, in 1880, The Epitaph is Arizona’s oldest continuously published newspaper and is devoted to chronicling and promoting the history of the American West.

    The ideal candidate should have a strong background in the history of the Old West, a solid understanding of 19th century American history, and relationships with contributors in the field.  The applicant should possess the editorial skills necessary for all aspects of the production of a monthly print publication, including the ability to meet all production deadlines.

     This is a hands-on position.  The editor solicits, receives, and edits historical features from established and new contributors, selects stories and artwork for publication, and prepares all content for submission to the publication’s computer designer.  The editor may contribute his/her own articles covering Tombstone or Old West history.  The 20-page paper typically runs three or four historical features each month.  Monthly columns include: Letters to the Editor; a Frontier Fare food column; YesterWest; Wandering the West; and Just Around the Bend.  Content for some of the standing features is compiled and/or written by the editor.

     The editor also supervises The Epitaph website,, preparing monthly content updates drawn from the print publication. Other administrative duties include helping with advertising, marketing, and the paper’s social media presence. 

     The Epitaph maintains an historic newspaper museum in Tombstone, Arizona, which is open seven days a week.  Staff include a professional graphics designer and a web designer who work remotely, along with an office manager and two retail staff who handle subscriptions and are located in Tombstone.  The National Edition does not report on current Tombstone events – these are covered independently by the local edition of The Tombstone Epitaph, published by journalism students at the University of Arizona.

     Preference will be given to candidates who reside in the Southwest. The job is considered part-time, with teleworking arrangements possible.  Interested candidates should send their resume (including publication history) and a writing sample to Epitaph owner Robert Love at  Questions: call 301-656-1662.  Application deadline is April 30, 2017.

  • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    THE PUBLIC HISTORIAN  Seeks Articles on LGBTQ Public History

    In light of the LGTBQ theme study recently released by the National Park Service, The Public Historian invites proposals for articles to be published in a special issue of the journal on LGTBQ public history to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. A broad range of proposals focused on LGBTQ public history in North America and beyond are encouraged, including community-based projects, oral history, digital history and new media, museum exhibits, archival initiatives, collective memory, and public history education and training. Proposals for alternative formats, such as reports from the field, interviews with practitioners, and roundtable discussions, will also be welcome. Proposals, which should be no longer than one double-spaced page, should be submitted to The Public Historian at and to the guest editor, Melinda Marie Jetté, at The deadline for submission of proposals is April 26, 2017. Selected authors will be notified by May 24, 2017. Articles will be due by January 1, 2018. Publication of the special issue of The Public Historian will be in 2019 (Volume 41).

  • Thursday, March 02, 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Midwestern History Association Conference in June: the response to the call-for-proposals for the Third Annual Midwestern History Association conference was overwhelming! From those proposals, 80 presentations have been selected for the final schedule, which can be found at the link below. Please spread word of the conference to your friends and colleagues and join us in Michigan on June 7. Remember, the conference is free and open to everyone and Michigan craft beer and snacks are provided by the Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University. For more information visit

    Midwestern History Conference Tentative Schedule

  • Monday, February 06, 2017 6:31 PM | Anonymous

               As historians, we study change, but that doesn’t make it easier for us to handle. For the Western History Association, we are now dealing with a transition in executive directors and home offices. After five years under the stewardship of John Heaton at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the WHA will, as of July 1, 2017, be housed at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, with the position of executive director being taken up by Elaine Nelson.

    Happily, the transition promises to be a smooth one. Thanks to the
    leadership of Heaton, our association is in very good shape. All members owe an enormous debt to him for guiding the WHA so ably. We wish the budgetary situation in Alaska had not precluded his university from continuing to host the WHA and from his remaining as executive director. We are delighted, though, to have Elaine Nelson on board to shepherd the WHA through its next chapter. Elaine has a long history with our association, having worked for it as a graduate student when it was led by Paul Hutton at the University of New Mexico. She has maintained her dedication to the WHA since joining the faculty at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Her university has made a substantial commitment to the WHA, which, together with Elaine’s energy, enthusiasm, and all around good sense, augurs great things for our organization.

     Stephen Aron, WHA President

Western History Association

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