Perspectives Section


Society for History in the Federal Government

The Society for History in the Federal Government held its ninth annual dinner meeting in Washington, D.C. on September 22, 1988. Heather Huyck, professional staff member of the Subcommittee on Interior and Insular Affairs, delivered the Richard G. Hewlett Address. Dr. Huyck, formerly with the National Park Service, was an AHA Congressional Fellow in 1985–86.

Dr. Huyck focused her remarks on the crucial role historians play in preserving and interpreting America’s history. Stressing the importance of history in a democracy, where failures as well as successes may be studied, she outlined ways in which historians can contribute to the understanding of our national heritage. Both academic historians and preservationists, she asserted, have much to gain from working more closely with one another. Historians can learn from tangible resources as well as documents, while preservationists need to know more about the history and context of the buildings they save. By studying and evaluating sites in advance, rather than rushing ahead at the last minute to save sites simply because they are threatened, the two groups working together can help insure that the most significant sites are preserved.

American Printing History Association

The American Printing History Association’s annual meeting will be held in the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at Forty-Second Street, 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 28. Three new trustees will be elected from the following slate of candidates: John Ballinger, bookseller, Williamsburg, Virginia; Mary Phelan, the University of the Arts, Philadelphia; and Peter Van Wingen, the Library of Congress.

The presentation of 1989 APHA Awards is also on the annual meeting agenda. The 1989 Individual Award will be presented to Roderick Stinehour of Meriden-Stinehour Press and the Institutional Award will be presented to St. Bride Printing Library in London.

French Colonial Historical Society

The French Colonial Historical Society reports forty proposals were received for the annual meeting set for May 14 to 20 1989. Participants are urged to make arrangements for the annual meeting as soon as possible. The December newsletter contains the registration form. The annual meeting will take place on the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadaloupe. Please send materials to William I. Shorrock, Department of History, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115.