Publication Date

September 1, 2000

The AHA Council voted unanimously to accept the affiliation with the AHA of the Council on America's Military Past-USA and the National Council of History Education, Inc.

These two organizations join 104 other historical associations and societies in a special relationship with the AHA, which includes benefits such as the annually published Directory of Affiliated Societies, rooms for sessions or luncheons at the AHA’s annual meeting, and the opportunity to publish news items in the “Affiliates” column in Perspectives and on the AHA web site.

Council on America's Military Past

The Council on America Military's Past (CAMP) was founded in 1966 as the Council on Abandoned Military Posts (which changed its name in 1981). Its mission is "To locate, identify, restore, preserve, and memorialize military establishments which no longer serve in the roles for which they were originally created; and in furtherance of this purpose: to establish and maintain exhibits and museums; to conduct programs of exploration and research; to conduct educational and informational programs; to publish informational material; to cooperate with other organizations and entities; and to foster the creation of other organizations and entities having generally the same purpose." CAMP has a membership base of about 1,100, and, according to Executive Director Herbert M. Hart, is currently the nation's leading association of both military history and military historic preservation. CAMP's quarterly publication, the Journal of America's Military Past, contains in-depth, scholarly articles on current research into military history.

National Council of History Education

The second new affiliate is the National Council of History Education, Inc. (NCHE). The organization was established in June 1990, and seeks to improve the teaching of history in America's school. Its mission is "to defend and promote history teaching and learning at all levels K-16 and beyond. NCHE has committed to accomplishing this through its tri-partite alliance with historians, teachers, and members of the public." NCHE has a membership base of more than 2,600 people. Their annual conference on K-16 history education this year will be held October 27-28, 2000, in Sacramento, California. The featured speakers include Roger Mudd, host of the History Channel's History Alive Series; Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Santa Cruz, California, whose presentation is entitled “The Writing of Farewell to Manzanar”; and Ramon A. Gutierrez, professor of ethnic studies and history at the University of California at San Diego, who will speak on the topic, “Time, Narrative, and Latino History: Imagining New Futures in California and the West.” For details on the conference, see NCHE’s website at

For more information on these or any of the AHA affiliated societies, go to, which has news from the societies and the most up-to-date contact information.

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