AHA staff is thrilled to announce the winning names of this year’s “Name That Cocktail!” contest. Each year, historians submit names for signature cocktails to be served at the annual meeting hotel bars. The names can be historically thematic or play off the annual meeting location.
“British Again Striking Hard on Somme Front Capture Two Lines of German Trenches” reads a banner headline in the Harrisburg Telegraph from September 22, 1916. Other headlines from the front page that day include everything from a parade and open air dance in the market square to a report on the US Department of Justice antitrust proceedings against “the Reading coal ‘barons.’”
Thanks to everyone who contributed a suggestion to the 2018 Name that Cocktail! contest. We’ve aggregated our favorites and composed a Google Form to help facilitate voting. Vote for your three favorites. The top three will be available to order and enjoy at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham Hotel, and the Washington Hilton.
In the past year, historians have frequently been called upon to make meaning of news. From Confederate monuments and statues around the country to President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive orders, historians have answered the call to provide historical perspective and analysis. As AHA executive director Jim Grossman wrote recently in Perspectives, the assumption that “historians should have a voice in public culture and in public policy” is a guiding principle for the AHA’s agenda.
For the sixth year in a row, AHA annual meeting hotels will be offering signature cocktails at their bars. The libations will be available during AHA18 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham Hotel, and the Washington Hilton. Now it’s up to you to help us give these cocktails historically relevant names!
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