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  • Monday, November 11, 2019 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Applications, 2020-2021: 

    The Tyson Scholars of American Art Program at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

    Crystal Bridges Museum and the Tyson Scholars Program encourages and supports scholarship that seeks to expand boundaries or traditional categories of investigation into American art. Crystal Bridges invites applications addressing a variety of topics including art history, architecture, visual and material culture, American studies, craft, Indigenous art, Latin American art, American studies, and contemporary art. Projects with an interdisciplinary focus are particularly encouraged. 

    The program is open to scholars holding a PhD (or equivalent experience) as well as to PhD candidates. Applicants may be affiliated with a university, museum, or independent. Scholars will be selected on the basis of their potential to advance understanding of American art and to intersect meaningfully with aspects of Crystal Bridges’ collections, architecture, or landscape. 

    To support their research, Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville. Stipends vary depending on the duration of residency, position as senior scholar, post-doctoral scholar or pre-doctoral scholar, and range from $15,000 to $30,000 per semester. Additional funds for relocation are provided, and research travel funds are available during the residency upon application. Scholars are also provided with housing at one of the Crystal Bridges residences, within easy walking distance from the Museum via wooded trails and approximately 1.5 miles from downtown Bentonville. Scholars have private bed and bathrooms in the house, and share comfortable indoor and outdoor common spaces including an expansive yard, garage, and patio. In addition to housing, Scholars are provided workspace in the curatorial wing of Crystal Bridges’ library. The workspace is an enclosed area shared with other Tyson Scholars. Scholars are provided with basic office supplies, desk space, an office chair, space on a bookshelf, and a locking cabinet with key for personal belongings and files.

    Further information about the Tyson Scholars Program, application instructions, and application portal can be found at Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year open November 1, 2019 and close January 15, 2020.

    About Crystal Bridges:

    Opened to the public on November 11, 2011, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by philanthropist Alice Walton. Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection spans five centuries of American art ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. It has particular strengths in colonial through earlytwentieth-century painting and a growing collection of post-war and contemporary art in all media. Crystal Bridges’ research library consists of approximately 60,000 volumes as well as significant manuscript and ephemera holdings. The library also houses a comprehensive collection of American color-plate books from the nineteenth century.

    The Tyson Scholars of American Art Program supports full-time scholarship in an expansive definition of American art and visual and material culture from the colonial period to the present. The program was established in 2012 through a $5 million commitment from the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, Inc. Since its inception, the Tyson Scholars program has supported the work of 41 scholars, attracting academic professionals in a variety of disciplines from across the country.

  • Saturday, November 02, 2019 7:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 23, 2019

    The Western History Association honors 45 scholars and teachers at
    59th Annual Conference

    To learn more about WHA Awards and view the awards program, visit the WHA Awards page!

    Gordon Bakken Award of Merit
    Jo Tice Bloom, Independent Historian (posthumous)

    John Heaton, University of Alaska Fairbanks

    Honorary Lifetime Membership
    Alfred L. Bush, Retired Curator of Western Americana at the Princeton University Library

    Autry Public History Prize
    The Pendergast Years: Kansas City in the Jazz Age and Great Depression, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri. Contributors: Jason Roe, David LaCrone.

    Caughey Western History Association Prize
    Monica Muñoz Martinez, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Harvard University Press, 2018)

    David J. Weber-Clements Prize
    Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Hopi Runners: Crossing the Terrain between Indian and American (University Press of Kansas, 2018)

    Donald L. Fixico Award
    Lisa Brooks, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale University Press, 2018)

    Dwight L. Smith (ABC-CLIO) Award
    Christopher D. Haveman, ed. Bending Their Way Onward: Creek Indian Removal in Documents (University of Nebraska Press, 2018)

    Hal K. Rothman Award
    James E. Sherow, The Chisholm Trail: Joseph McCoy’s Great Gamble (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018)

    Joan Paterson Kerr Award
    James R. Swensen, In a Rugged Land: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and the Three Mormon Towns Collaboration, 1953-1954 (University of Utah Press, 2018)

    John C. Ewers Award
    Lisa Brooks, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale University Press, 2018)

    Robert G. Athearn Award
    Monica Muñoz Martinez, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Harvard University Press, 2018)

    Robert M. Utley Award
    Mark Santiago, A Bad Peace and a Good War: Spain and the Mescalero Apache Uprising of 1795-1799 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018)

    Sally and Ken Owens Award
    Beth Lew-Williams, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America (Harvard University, 2018)

    W. Turrentine-Jackson Award
    Megan Black, The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power (Harvard University Press, 2018)

    Arrell M. Gibson Award
    Rodger C. Henderson, “The Piikuni and the U.S. Army's Piegan Expedition: Competing Narratives of the 1870 Massacre on the Marias River,” Montana: The Magazine of Western History (Spring 2018)

    Arrington-Prucha Prize
    Jay M. Price, “Assembling a Buckle of the Bible Belt: From Enclave to Powerhouse,” Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains (Spring 2018)

    Bert M. Fireman and Janet Fireman Award
    Michael A. Hill, “The Myth of Seward’s Folly,” Western Historical Quarterly (Spring 2019)

    Bolton-Cutter Award
    Alejandra Dubcovsky, “Defying Indian Slavery: Apalachee Voices and Spanish Sources in the Eighteenth-Century Southeast,” William and Mary Quarterly (April 2018)

    Jensen-Miller Award
    Natalia Molina, “Deportable Citizens: The Decoupling of Race and Citizenship In the Construction of the ‘Anchor Baby,’” in Deportation in the Americas: Histories of Exclusion and Resistance, Kenyon Zimmer and Cristina Salinas, eds. (Texas A&M Press, 2018)

    Michael P. Malone Award
    Katherine Ellinghaus, “The Moment of Release: The Ideology of Protection and the Twentieth-Century Assimilation Policies of Exemption and Competency in New South Wales and Oklahoma,” Pacific Historical Review (Winter 2018)

    Oscar O. Winther Award
    Joshua Garrett-Davis, “The Intertribal Drum of Radio: The Indians for Indians Hour and Native American Media, 1941-1951,” Western Historical Quarterly (Autumn 2018)

    Ray Allen Billington Award
    Megan Asaka, “‘40-Acre Smudge’: Race and Erasure in Prewar Seattle,” Pacific Historical Review (Spring 2018)

    Huntington Library-Western History Association Martin Ridge Fellowship
    Yvette Saavedra (Assistant Professor, University of Oregon) “Living La Mala Vida: Transgressive Femininities, Morality, and Nationalism in Mexican California, 1810-1850”

    Vicki L. Ruiz Award (two awards in 2019)
    William Gow, “A Night in Old Chinatown: American Orientalism, China Relief Fundraising, and the 1938 Moon Festival in Los Angeles” Pacific Historical Review (Summer 2018)

    Mary E. Mendoza, “Treacherous Terrain: Racial Exclusion and Environmental Control at the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Environmental History (November 2018)

    Sara Jackson Award
    Katherine Bynum (Ph.D. Candidate, Texas Christian University), “Civil Rights in the ‘City of Hate’: Grassroots Organizing against Police Brutality in Dallas, Texas, 1935-1990”

    Walter Rundell Graduate Student Award
    Mark Boxell (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Oklahoma), “Red Soil, White Oil: Race, Environment, and the Birth of Petroleum Dependency, 1890-1940”

    Charles Redd Center Teaching Western History Award
    Alex Barr, Connelly School of the Holy Child

    Laura Fenerty, Holy Trinity School

    Sandra Garcia, Theodore Roosevelt Middle School

    Noël Ingram, DaVinci Communications High School

    Louise Pubols Public History Award
    Joel Zapata, University of Texas at El Paso

    Indian Student Conference Scholarship
    Deserea R. Langley, University of California, Davis
    Kristen Simmons, University of Chicago

    Trennert-Iverson Conference Scholarship
    Kerry Goldmann, University of Texas at Dallas

    Joseph Schiller, University of Oklahoma

    WHA Graduate Student Prize
    Anna Toledano, Stanford University

    Alika Bourgette, University of Washington

    David Krueger, Harvard University

    John Legg, Virginia Tech

    Sasha Coles, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Micaela Valadez, University of Texas at Austin

    Taylor Rose, Yale University

    Reilly Hatch, University of New Mexico

    Juan Mora, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Carolina Ortega, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Friday, November 01, 2019 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In August 2019 the American Historical Association published the "Statement from the AHA on Domestic Terrorism, Bigotry, and History." You can read the context of this statement draft and the fine draft on the AHA website. Several governing boards of the AHA Affiliated Societies, including the Western History Association's Council, signed the statement in support of its message.

    The WHA Council did not, however, think this statement adequately discusses the historical and contemporary violence again Indigenous peoples in North America.

    To this end, the WHA governing body did not believe the AHA Statement adequately addressed the violence perpetrated against Indigenous peoples throughout North American history. At the Fall 2019 Council Meeting on October 16, the WHA Council approved an augmented version of the statement on violence with language that more explicitly recognizes this issue. Please read the full version here of the revised statement here. An excerpt from the statement is included below:

    Furthermore, the idea of the U.S. as a “nation of immigrants” ignores a simple truth: the lands we currently identify as North America are Indigenous homelands. Indigenous lifeways grew out of these homelands; Indigenous peoples have stewarded and protected these territories for millennia. Colonial and settler violence removed Indigenous peoples from their ancestral homes and interrupted cultures, but despite displacement, Indigenous peoples have persisted and their responsibility for these territories remains intact, as does tribal sovereignty. Indigenous peoples are of these lands.

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An award-winning television production company is searching for passionately curious amateurs and professionals in archaeology, anthropology and history to share their passion with a television audience. We’re looking for experienced hobbyists, mystery lovers and enthusiastic professionals who live to answer the questions of ancient and/or modern worlds. 

    Whether you’re a career archaeologist or amateur history sleuth we want to hear from you! *No prior TV experience necessary*


    Questions? Email us at 

  • Monday, September 23, 2019 7:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    #CallforPapers! The 113th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association is now accepting papers. Submit now to participate in “The Past is Always Present” August 6-8, 2020 Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

  • Monday, September 23, 2019 7:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Application Guidelines for the




    Considered one of the most important photo historians of the 20th century, Peter E. Palmquist (1936-2003) had a keen interest in the photography of the American West, California, and Humboldt County before 1950, and the history of women in photography worldwide. He published over 60 books and 340 articles and was a strong proponent of the concept of the independent researcher-writer in the field of photohistory. With co-author Thomas Kailbourn, he won the Caroline Bancroft Western History Prize for their book, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West. Professor Martha Sandweiss, Princeton University, wrote, “He (Peter) established new ways of pursuing the history of photography, and with his collections and research notes soon to be accessible at Yale, he will be speaking to and inspiring new generations of students and researchers forever.” Established by Peter’s lifetime companion, Pam Mendelsohn, this fund supports the study of under-researched women photographers internationally, past and present, and under-researched Western American photographers before 1900.


    A small panel of outside consultants with professional expertise in the field of photohistory and/or grant reviewing will review the applications in order to determine the awards. Applications will be judged on the quality of the proposal, the ability of the applicant to carry out the project within the proposed budget and timeline, and the significance of the project to the field of photographic history. Each recipient of the award will agree to donate upon completion of the project a copy of the resulting work (i.e., published book, unpublished report, thesis, etc.) to the Humboldt Area Foundation to submit to the Peter Palmquist Archive at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and a report to Humboldt Area Foundation at the end of the grant period. We ask that award recipients acknowledge the financial assistance provided by the Palmquist Memorial Fund in publications or other work products supported by that fund.


    Past recipients and their projects are featured at


    RANGE OF AWARDS: $500 - $1,500



    Individuals researching Western American photography before 1900 or women in photography as well as nonprofit institutions conducting research in these fields are eligible to apply.



    Download the application at by clicking the “Application” link at the top right of the page or following this link.


    Completed applications must be postmarked by: November 1, 2019 by 5:00 pm, and submitted to:


    Humboldt Area Foundation • 363 Indianola Road, Bayside, CA 95524

    Or via email:

    Award Recipients will be notified by January 15, 2020

    For more information contact:

    Humboldt Area Foundation at (707) 442-2993

  • Saturday, September 14, 2019 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Papers for the 63rd annual Missouri Valley History Conference March 12-14, 2020. 

    We are happy to announce a number of significant changes for this year’s conference—including most notably an exciting new venue—and urge you to consult the CFP for more details.  This year’s theme is “Constitutionalism and the American Presidency” but, as always, papers and panels in all historical subfields are welcome.  Please spread the word among your students, colleagues, and friends. 

    Proposals for individual papers or panels must be submitted by November 15, 2019 to be considered for the 2020 Program.  Please feel free to contact me with questions at (note the new email address for conference-related communication).  Registration and additional information on lodging and programming will be available online in the coming months via the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s History Department website.  All accepted papers/panels will receive an email notification once approved for the program.  As in the past, the Missouri Valley History Conference is also host to the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference and Society for Military History conference. See the CFP for additional contact information regarding those events.

    Thanks for your time and interest.  We look forward to seeing you in Omaha next spring.

  • Monday, August 26, 2019 1:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Apply now! The Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin is hiring a scholar at the beginning or advanced Assistant Professor level for a full-time tenure-track position with specialization in any area of the history of Texas and/or the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, the contiguous area on either side of the current border between the U.S. and Mexico.

  • Monday, August 26, 2019 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), tenure-track, 9-month position as Assistant Professor of Latinx History after 1900, with a specialization in public history. Secondary specializations may include the history of the Pacific Northwest, labor, agriculture, public health, or immigration. Successful applicants will have formal training and experience in aspects of public history such as community and local history, museum studies, historic preservation, digital history, and/or oral history. Please see the full advertisement at:

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CWWH will be offering its $500 WHA graduate student travel grant again this year (deadline Sept 20). please spread the word widely!

    The grant of $500 may be used for travel, registration, and lodging in Las Vegas. The recipient will also receive a ticket to the CWWH Breakfast, where s/he/ze will receive the award. Please send your application and a letter of reference is requested to be sent directly to Cathleen Cahill via email at

    Application Form: Please send your application as a Word or PDF document to with “CWWH Grant Competition” in the subject line.

    In your application please include a cover page with the following information:

    Full Name: Affiliation and year in program: 

    Address, phone number, and email address: 

    Are you registered for the 2019 WHA Conference:

    Please attach to the cover page the following:

    In 250 words (one page, double spaced) or less, please describe how your research engages analyses of gender and/or reflects your commitment to advancing the scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality in the North American West.

    Please submit to

    Letter of recommendation Please ask your advisor or a faculty member who knows your work to provide a letter of recommendation that addresses that ways in which your research engages analyses of gender and/or reflects your commitment to the history of women and gender in the American West and send it directly by email by Sept 20th.

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