The Organization of American Historians (OAH) Committee on Public History has organized a town meeting to discuss the role of public history within the organization at the OAH’s centennial meeting in Minneapolis on March 29-April 1, 2007. Participants will help define the charge of the committee for the next 3-5 years. The town meeting will be held on Friday, March 30, from 11:30-1:00 at the Hilton Minneapolis. The committee seeks ways in which to serve the OAH’s efforts to reach a wider audience, increase the dialogue between public and academic historians, and think broadly about the involvement of scholars in public life.
The National Council for History Education (NCHE), an AHA affiliated society, just announced the winner of its first-ever Paul Gagnon Prize for a K-12 Teacher Exhibiting Exceptional Historical Scholarship. The 2007 award went to Philip Nicolosi, a history and social studies teacher at the West Morris Central High School in Chester, New Jersey.
Mr. Nicolosi has a BA and an MA in history from Villanova University and began teaching at West Morris Central in 1995. Selected from a pool of eight finalists, NCHE executive director Elaine Reed said Nicolosi’s ability to apply the skills and talents of a historian to the field of education made his application stand out: “Phil Nicolosi’s experiences as both scholar and teacher epitomizes Gagnon’s vision of teachers as continuing scholars and his belief that learning must be a lifetime dedication and source of continuing joy.