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Fortnightly News is the AHA's e-mail newsletter, sent out around the first and fifteenth of every month to keep members up to date with the AHA and the history profession.
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African History Book Prize
The Association is continuing to seek funds for an African History Book Prize. African history is one of the last major fields in history that lacks the recognition of a prize by the AHA. The AHA Council authorized the prize in 2006, pending funding.
The initial campaign met with modest success—we are almost halfway to the $50,000 needed to endow the prize—but we need members’ support to get us the rest of the way. If we can raise the remaining $32,350 by September 1, we can reach the endowment goal and announce the prize in time to hold the first competition in 2010.
To support the prize you can donate online, or send your checks made out to the American Historical Association, with 'African Book Prize' in the memorandum line, and mailed to the American Historical Association, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889. All contributions are 100% tax deductible.
National Coalition for History Updates
The AHA provides significant financial support to the National Coalition for History (NCH), which provides leadership and information on history-related advocacy in Washington, D.C. As reported in the NCH’s “Washington Update” column, the past two months have been exceptionally busy in the nation’s capital. Recent reports include:
Declassification and Preservation
The Members column, which is published in Perspectives on History as space permits, is designed to recognize and honor the accomplishments of AHA members. News of recent hires, promotions, publications, fellowships or awards received, and other news of a professional nature are welcomed. Entries will be published in alphabetical order by name. To submit an entry, please send your name (and affiliation, if applicable) and news to David Darlington, Associate Editor, AHA, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
125th Anniversary Fund
We have already received generous support from many members of the Association. If you have not yet contributed, and would like to aid in the expansion of the Association’s public programs and outreach efforts, we hope you will give your support to the AHA 125th Anniversary Fund.
You can contribute to the fund online at www.historians.org/give or by check to AHA Anniversary Fund, 400 A St. S.E., Washington, DC 20003.
Between issues of Perspectives on History, we continue to track information on the state of the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Among the recent posts:
John Hope Franklin, Scholar and Mirror to America, Dead at the Age of 94
John Hope Franklin, the eminent historian of African American history, civil rights activist, and teacher died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, of congestive heart failure at the Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. He was 94.
Signatures Needed for House NEH Dear Colleague Letter
Our friends at the National Humanities Alliance report that the co-chairs of the Congressional Humanities Caucus, Rep. David Price (D-NC) and Rep. Thomas Petri (R-WI), have prepared a Dear Colleague letter in support of $230 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities in fiscal year 2010.
Image Resource Roundup
AHA Today has posted a number of articles on image archives online, and in this roundup we present you with a number to check out.
Jobs and Careers in History: Interview with Emily Weisner
Emily Weisner, a National Park Service Ranger at the Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, is proving to all of the skeptics out there that public history is anything but history light.
Women’s History Month
In recognition of Women’s History Month we’ve compiled a list of a good number of web sites that highlight some of history’s most extraordinary women and give insight to their fight for gender equality.
Celebrating 157 Years of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
March 20th, 2009 was the 157th birthday of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, of one of the nation’s most important novels. We link to resources on the best-selling novel.
Integrating Global Perspectives and World History into Teaching American History Grant Projects
This is the sixth and final post in Jessica Pritchard’s series on sessions at the most recent AHA Annual Meeting. Find links to her previous posts on this topic here.
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Noralee Frankel, and Robert B. Townsend.
Last Updated: March 30, 2009