Historians Making News

This space highlights the accomplishments of historians. Members and non-member historians are encouraged to submit news about prizes, promotions, honors, tenure, and new jobs. Entries to be considered for inclusion on "Historians Making News" can be about yourself, another historian, or group of historians. AHA staff will review all submissions.


New Members Elected to the American Philosophical Society

July 28, 2016 - AHA members Thomas C. Holt (James Westfall Thompson Distinguished Service Professor of American and African American History, University of Chicago) and Richard White (Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Stanford University) were elected as members to the American Philosophical Society at the organization's Annual Spring Meeting in Philadelphia.


House Designates the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library

July 28, 2016 - On July 11, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution congressionally designating the George C. Marshall Museum and the George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Va., as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library. The Marshall Museum and Research Library began in 1953 and recently completed the seven-volume collection The Papers of George Catlett Marshall. The president of the George C. Marshall Foundation, which manages the Museum and Library, is AHA member Rob Havers.


CLIR Names 2016 Postdoctoral Fellows

July 28, 2016 - The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) offers a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program to recent PHD graduates to gain opportunities working with new research tools and educational technologies. Among the 2016 cohort of CLIR fellows are AHA members Heather Wacha (University of Wisconsin-Madison), who earned a PhD in Medieval History from the University of Iowa; and Jeffrey Wayno, a PhD in History from Columbia University.


Hagley Museum and Library and the Business History Conference Award

July 6, 2016 - The co-recipients for the 2016 Hagley Museum and Library and the Business History Conference award for the best book in business history (broadly defined) are:

Jonathan Coopersmith, Texas A&M University, Faxed: The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015)

Vicki Howard, Hartwick College, From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015)


Member News for June 2016

July 1, 2016 - Shulamit S. Magnus has published A Woman's Life: Pauline Wengeroff and Memoirs of a Grandmother (Oxford: Littman Library, 2016).

Lois G. Schwoerer's book, Gun Culture in Early Modern England, was published in May 2016 by the University of Virginia Press.

Cambridge University Press published Iris Berger's new book, Women in Twentieth-Century Africa, which explores women's struggles to control their own marital, sexual, and economic lives and to gain a significant voice in local and national politics.

Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Princeton University.


2016 ACLS/Mellon Public Fellows Announced

July 1, 2016 - The American Council of Learned Societies has announced its 2016 cohort of Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows, several of which are historians. Fellows take up a two-year, full-time position at select nonprofit and government organizations. AHA members Carly Goodman and Veera Eliisa Mitzner received fellowships.


St. Johns University Team Wins NHPRC Grant

June 9, 2016 - Elaine Carey, AHA life member and past vice president of the Teaching Division, and a team at St. John's University were awarded nearly $150,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to develop curricula and resources to inspired inquiry-based learning by high school students using family history to connect their own histories with broader trends in the world. They will collaborate with the New York City Department of Education and the Queens Memory Project.


Member News for May 2016

June 1, 2016 - The Online Journal of Rhode Island History published "Roger Williams: A Rhode Island and American Founder," by Alan E. Johnson, based on his book The First American Founder: Roger Williams and Freedom of Conscience (Pittsburgh: Philosophia Publications, 2015).

Kent State University Press published Candice Shy Hopper's book, Lincoln's Generals' Wives, which examines in depth the influence of Jessie Fremont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia on their husbands during the Civil War, and for the first time maps their travel during the war.

The inaugural Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize was awarded by the Massachusetts Historical Society to Mary Babson Fuhrer's Crisis of Community, a compelling story of small-town New England transformed between 1815 and 1848.

Palgrave-Macmillan published Margaret DeLacy's book, The Germ of an Idea: Contagionism, Religion, and Society in Britain, 1660-1730.


Event Raises $17 Million for NMAAHC

May 6, 2016 - On April 30, notables in the entertainment and media world gathered at Denzel Washington's home in Los Angeles to raise $17 million for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.