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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) invites proposals for panels, round-tables, posters, workshops, and individual presentations in all fields, regions, and periods of history for its 50th Annual Meeting to be held at the UC Davis Conference Center, Davis, CA, April 26-28, 2018. 
    Proposals are due on October 15, 2017. Although we consider all types of submissions, we particularly encourage nontraditional formats and topics. These could include panels and round-tables focused on pedagogy, on women in academia, on public history, digital humanities, academic publishing, career paths, activism, etc.

    To submit a proposal or for more information, please visit  WAWH welcomes historians and scholars at all career stages and in all career choices.       

  • Monday, September 11, 2017 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Considered one of the most important photo historians of the 20th century, Peter E. Palmquist (1936-2003) had a keen interest in the photography of the American West, California, and Humboldt County before 1950, and the history of women in photography worldwide. He published over 60 books and 340 articles and was a strong proponent of the concept of the independent researcher-writer in the field of photohistory. With co-author Thomas Kailbourn, he won the Caroline Bancroft Western History Prize for their book, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West. Professor Martha Sandweiss, Princeton University, wrote, “He (Peter) established new ways of pursuing the history of photography, and with his collections and research notes soon to be accessible at Yale, he will be speaking to and inspiring new generations of students and researchers forever.” Established by Peter’s lifetime companion, Pam Mendelsohn, this fund supports the study of under-researched women photographers internationally, past and present, and under-researched Western American photographers before 1900.

    A small panel of outside consultants with professional expertise in the field of photohistory and/or grant reviewing will review the applications in order to determine the awards. Applications will be judged on the quality of the proposal, the ability of the applicant to carry out the project within the proposed budget and timeline, and the significance of the project to the field of photographic history. Each recipient of the award will agree to donate upon completion of the project a copy of the resulting work (i.e., published book, unpublished report, thesis, etc.) to the Humboldt Area Foundation to submit to the Peter Palmquist Archive at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and a report to Humboldt Area Foundation at the end of the grant period. We ask that award recipients acknowledge the financial assistance provided by the Palmquist Memorial Fund in publications or other work products supported by that fund.

    RANGE OF AWARDS: $500 - $1,500


    Individuals researching Western American photography before 1900 or women in photography as well as nonprofit institutions conducting research in these fields are eligible to apply.

    Completed applications must be postmarked by: November 1, 2017 by 5:00 pm, and submitted to:

     Humboldt Area Foundation • 363 Indianola Road, Bayside, CA 95524 Award Recipients will be notified by January 15, 2018

    For more information contact:

    Humboldt Area Foundation at (707) 442-2993

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of Hawai’i – Mānoa, June 29 – 30, 2018

    Emerging historical scholarship is upending older work on whaling and showcasing it as an ideal medium with which to investigate human relationships with the oceans and with each other.  Whales offer investigative bridgeheads into the cultural histories of non-human species, the hidden histories of energy economies, and the complicated histories of cross-cultural contact. Whale histories are demonstrating to environmental historians the various scales, including oceanic scales, with which they can work and are challenging them to consider new forms of evidence and new tools of interpretation. This international symposium aims to bring together the excellent scholarship integrating the history of Pacific whaling with environmental and cross-cultural history.  We seek participants from around the world to convene next year at Honolulu, the Center of the Pacific Whaling Industry. We especially welcome scholarship that engages Pacific and environmental history and examines the crucial linkages between whaling, animal histories, indigenous histories, capitalism, diplomacy, environmental change, and globalization.

    Participants will be expected to pre-circulate drafts of works in progress in advance of the symposium. Selected papers will be published as a special issue of Rachel Carson Center’s Perspectives.  Travel and lodging costs will be covered by the seminar sponsors.

    For those interested, please email 250-word paper proposals along with a short cv to the symposium conveners by October 1, 2017.

    Ryan Tucker Jones, University of Oregon,

    Angela Wanhalla, University of Otago,  

  • Friday, August 25, 2017 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Department of Social Sciences and the Northwestern Institute for Citizenship Studies announce the upcoming Chisholm Trail Symposium that will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Northwestern-Enid campus, Enid, Oklahoma.

    Scholars, students and members of the general public are invited to participate. Professional development certificates will also be issued to teachers who attend the symposium.  The deadline for participant registration is Friday, Sept. 1.  A free lunch is provided for registered participants. Conference planners are still seeking submissions of scholarly papers and/or research posters from professional or student historians on the subject of the Chisholm Trail.

    For more information about the symposium, registration, or paper/poster submissions, contact Jana Brown (580) 327-8521 or or Ken Kelsey (580) 327-8523 or


  • Friday, August 25, 2017 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Montana Historical Society will be holding its 44th annual history conference on September 21-23, 2017 in Helena, Montana. Registration closed September 15

    To learn more, visit To receive a copy of the full conference program contact Joy Lewis at 406-444-1799 or email

     The conference features workshops for educators and genealogists, sessions on a wide range of topics, and keynote presentations. Sessions will look at both those who supported WWI and those who opposed it. Presentations will cover themes ranging from the contributions of African-American Montanans and U.S. Forest Service fighting overseas to the involvement of women on the home front and in Europe to the Montana Sedition Act and gun registry created by the Montana Council of Defense. Other speakers will discuss issues that helped define life during this time period but weren’t directly tied to the war, including gambling laws and Prohibition.

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Arizona Historical Society (AHS) is currently seeking a Director of Publications to plan, develop, and manage the AHS statewide publications program, including the editing, production, and distribution of the Journal of Arizona History, special historical books and monographs, brochures, exhibit labels and text and other agency publications. This position will manage the production flow by overseeing and directing day to day operations and activities of staff. 

    To view the full posting and to apply, please go to

  • Friday, August 11, 2017 6:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The State Historical Society of Missouri announces two Center for Missouri Studies fellowship opportunities for the calendar year beginning January 1, 2018. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000 for a project that results in the completion of a 6,000 to 8,000-word scholarly essay, exclusive of notes, on one of two selected topics. Application Deadline: September 1, 2017. For more information visit:

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    The American Heritage Center (AHC) at the University of Wyoming offers five annual travel grants to be used by scholars. The grants are for up to $500 each and provide support for travel, food and lodging to carry out research using the AHC's collections. Subject areas include: Wyoming, the American West, transportation, conservation, water resources and the performing arts. Persons interested in such grants should complete the application at

    We ask that each applicant also attach a brief description of the project, indicate any publication plans for the project, and which collections at the AHC will be used and how these will support the work. Applications are due April 14, 2017. Application and current resume should be sent to: Bridget Burke, Director, American Heritage Center, Dept. 3924, 1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071.

     The AHC is the University of Wyoming’s repository of manuscript collections, rare books, and University archives. Our collections are the raw data of humanistic and interdisciplinary research. We are the laboratory for citizens and scholars to engage with primary sources in all formats that support the creation of historical narratives, interrogate the past, build community, and pose and answer questions about human experience. The AHC holds collections of distinction, serving citizens and scholars in Wyoming and beyond. For more information about the AHC and its collections, please go to

     Bridget Burke
    American Heritage Center
    University of Wyoming
    Dept. 3924
    1000 E. University Avenue
    Laramie, WY 82071


  • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 4:28 PM | Anonymous

     The Tombstone Epitaph National Edition, an internationally circulated monthly journal of Old West history, seeks a new editor.  Founded in historic Tombstone, Arizona, in 1880, The Epitaph is Arizona’s oldest continuously published newspaper and is devoted to chronicling and promoting the history of the American West.

    The ideal candidate should have a strong background in the history of the Old West, a solid understanding of 19th century American history, and relationships with contributors in the field.  The applicant should possess the editorial skills necessary for all aspects of the production of a monthly print publication, including the ability to meet all production deadlines.

     This is a hands-on position.  The editor solicits, receives, and edits historical features from established and new contributors, selects stories and artwork for publication, and prepares all content for submission to the publication’s computer designer.  The editor may contribute his/her own articles covering Tombstone or Old West history.  The 20-page paper typically runs three or four historical features each month.  Monthly columns include: Letters to the Editor; a Frontier Fare food column; YesterWest; Wandering the West; and Just Around the Bend.  Content for some of the standing features is compiled and/or written by the editor.

     The editor also supervises The Epitaph website,, preparing monthly content updates drawn from the print publication. Other administrative duties include helping with advertising, marketing, and the paper’s social media presence. 

     The Epitaph maintains an historic newspaper museum in Tombstone, Arizona, which is open seven days a week.  Staff include a professional graphics designer and a web designer who work remotely, along with an office manager and two retail staff who handle subscriptions and are located in Tombstone.  The National Edition does not report on current Tombstone events – these are covered independently by the local edition of The Tombstone Epitaph, published by journalism students at the University of Arizona.

     Preference will be given to candidates who reside in the Southwest. The job is considered part-time, with teleworking arrangements possible.  Interested candidates should send their resume (including publication history) and a writing sample to Epitaph owner Robert Love at  Questions: call 301-656-1662.  Application deadline is April 30, 2017.

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