Perspectives Section


The Conference on Latin American History has reported its new officers. They are: President Ralph Lee Woodward, Jr., Tulane University; Vice-President Murdo MacLeod, University of Florida, Gainesville; Executive Secretary and Newsletter Editor L. Ray Sadler, New Mexico State University; and 1989 Program Chair Colin M. MacLachlan, Newcomb College, Tulane University.

The American Catholic Historical Association at its sixty-ninth annual meeting announced that Dr. Annabelle M. Melville, Commonwealth Professor Emerita of History, Bridgewater State College, was elected president of the Association. Dr. Melville is the first woman to serve as president in the seventy-year history of the organization. She succeeded former President Bernard F. Reilly, professor of history, Villanova University. Also at the Association’s annual meeting, James A. Brundage, professor of history, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, received the Association’s John Gilmary Shea Prize for his book Law, Sex, and Christian Society in Medieval Europe, published by the University of Chicago Press, 1987.

The year 1989 marks the tenth anniversary of the Society for History in the Federal Government, the professional organization for federal historians. The Society will hold its 1990 meeting jointly with the Organization of American Historians at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. All interested members are urged to submit proposals for complete sessions and papers. Submissions for development of workshops for practical demonstrations and instruction are also welcome. Send a one-page summary of the proposed project accompanied by a current c.v. and telephone number to William S. Dudley, Chair, 1990 Planning Committee, Society for History in the Federal Government, P.O. Box 14139, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044. Deadline for the summaries is March 31, 1989. For further information on sessions call Jack Shulimson, 202/433-3841; and for information on workshops call Paul Walker, 202/355-2543. The Society’s annual spring meeting will be held on April 25, 1989 at the Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building, Library of Congress.

The National Council on Public History in cooperation with the Society for Industrial Archeology is sponsoring a workshop on “Preserving and Interpreting the Industrial Landscape.” The workshop is scheduled for June 23-30 at Loyola University, Chicago. The workshop is designed to help the preservation professional deal with the challenges of factories, processing plants, mines, transportation systems, and the communities related to them. Registration is $250. Site visits will include the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, Pullman, the Museum of Science and Industry, and other industrial sites in the Chicago area. Contact Theodore J. Karamanski, History Department, Loyola University, Chicago, IL 60626; 312/508-2221.