What We’re Reading: July 17, 2008 Edition

This week we’ve read about interactive digital history, looked at the job market from the public historian’s point of view, and learned how to get a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In this post we also link to news of the first steps in the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, to two recent reports (one on copyright, the other on preserving battlefields), and the problem with New York’s “birthdate.” We’d also like to thank Ralph Luker at Cliopatria for including AHA Today in his list of 80 history blogs to note.

  • Interactive digital history
    Sharon Howard at the Early Modern Notes blog shares the abstract of her latest paper and a nice collection of links that go with it. Posting this info makes sense since her paper is titled: “Digital History 2.0? Collaboration, community and interactivity in the digitisation of history.”
  • So How Bad is the Job Market – Part 2
    Suzanne Fischer at Public Historian notes another indicator of troubles in the job market for public historians.
  • How to Get a Grant from NEH
    A useful overview of how to apply for a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the July/August issue of Humanities magazine.
  • Architects vie for new Smithsonian
    The Smithsonian seeks designers for the planned National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • International Study on the Impact of Copyright Law on Digital Preservation (PDF)
    The Library of Congress released a report this week on preserving copyrighted works internationally. Hat tip.
  • Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Historic Preservation Study
    As noted on AHA Today yesterday, this report from the National Park Service “examines 243 battlefields and 434 associated historic properties in 31 States, the District of Columbia, and the United States Virgin Islands,” and assesses their significance and potential threats to them.
  • New York’s Birth Date: Don’t Go by City’s Seal
    The only problem with New York City’s birth date, 1625, is that the year has hardly any historical significance. Some historians hope to correct the record.
  • 80 History Blogs to Note
    Ralph Luker at the Cliopatria blog has included AHA Today in his list of 80 history blogs that he recommends. Check out the rest of the list for some other notable history blogs.

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert Townsend

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