As we make final preparations for the annual meeting, I want to highlight three sessions that attendees might have missed. The session that may be of general interest is “Election 2008: How ‘Historic’ Was It?” to be held on Sunday, January 4, at 8 p.m. in the New York Hilton’s Grand Ballroom.
Article By: Robert B. Townsend
President George W. Bush awarded the 2008 National Humanities Medals and National Medals of Arts at the White House this past Monday, November 17, 2008. Several historians were among the recipients of these prestigious awards given out by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Article By: David Darlington
This past week we’ve taken a look at articles and resources related to Barack Obama’s historic presidential win; see the Newseum’s newspaper archive, a collection of election maps, and a look back at religion and campaigning. Then, read about librarians’ efforts to build a better search engine, PhDinHistory’s take on a number of recent professional issues, a summer institute from the NHC, lost photos from Hiroshima, financial teaching materials, and the latest Omeka release.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert Townsend
The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia has a useful resource for historians in their Presidential Recordings Program (PRP). The PRP was established in 1998 to make accessible to historians the secret White House recordings of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt through Richard Nixon.
Article By: David Darlington
While the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth isn’t until next year, we link to the Library of Congress and Smithsonian, which are already talking about related exhibits and events. Also, we point to the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission’s web site and the wealth of Lincoln information available there. Then, submit your nominations for the 2008 Cliopatria Awards, check out two election related articles, read up on the Zotero lawsuit, find out why “John Smith” is leaving academia, and hear about incorporating rare books into undergraduate classes. Finally, see three articles on history on the internet.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend
This past weekend the New York Times
blogged about voting properly in the upcoming election. Except the upcoming election they were referring to was William Howard Taft vs. William Jennings Bryan. The post was from October 25, 1908
Article By: Elisabeth Grant
With the highly anticipated 2008 presidential election less than a month away, all eyes seem fixed on recent debates. In fact, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD)—a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1987 to organize all presidential and vice presidential debates—called these recent debates “a breakthrough in the history of televised debates." The CPD, who has sponsored presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988, makes sure Americans receive and understand each candidate’s platform come election time.
Article By: Jessica Pritchard
“Voting America: United States Politics, 1840-2008” is a new online project of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. As we reported last week this site examines the evolution of presidential politics in the United States across the span of American history.