We’ve collected links on a variety of topics for this week’s What We’re Reading, and begin with one historian’s suggestion for President Obama: a new Federal Writer’s Project. Then, an article being considered for the American Historical Review
shows up in the New York Times
? We also note the progress being made in the creation of the National Museum of African American History, a report on the preservation crisis at Auschwitz, and the fear of losing our online memories. Finally, read about one professor’s words of caution for potential PhDs, historians’ picks for the best presidential biographies, and new video on the Poplar Grove project.
Article By: David Darlington, Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Miriam Hauss, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend
Last week’s “What We’re Reading” compiled an number of articles and posts on the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and he’s wasted no time since taking the oath of office (twice). Read about his revoking of Executive Order 13233, new transparency policies, and take another look at his inauguration address. Then, we link to quite a range of digital history related items, including a recent conference at the Smithsonian, more on Google Books, engaging students in new ways, and web sites covering a number of historical topics. Finally, catch up with some past AHA staff and contributors.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
Tuesday marked the inauguration of our 44th President, and in this What We’re Reading we’ve rounded up quite a selection of inauguration-related links. Check out the Lincoln inaugural bible, a number of interactive features, newspaper front pages from around the world, and much more. Or, if you’ve read enough inauguration coverage, scroll down to the other articles we note, including 12 historic preservation destinations, some thoughts on cyber infrastructure, new additions to the Flickr Commons, a new online radio show, and upcoming Lincoln bicentennial events.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Arnita A. Jones, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
As the holidays draw ever nearer we link to two festive posts: holiday events at National Trust Historic Sites and a look back to an eventful Christmas Eve at the White House in 1929. Then we move on to a number of digital history related items: The Journal of American History
has a new podcast, the Library of Congress has released a report on their Flickr Pilot, Google is now digitizing magazines, Walt Whitman has his own digital archive, and HNN is looking for interns. In other news, the Justice Department has donated documents to the United States Holocaust Museum, the Washington Post
names the top ten history books for the past year, and West Point starts a new Center for Oral History. Finally, we link to Life
photographs from 1958, a new Economist
report, the top newspapers for reporting on higher education, and some thoughts on doing transnational/global history.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Pillarisetti Sudhir, and Robert B. Townsend
In the news this week, Bruce Cole departs the NEH for his new role at the American Revolution Center, and Louis Hyman, Harvard alum and AHA member, receives a fellowship through the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Then, read an article on the affect of blogs on public intellectuals. We’ve also linked to a number of digital and non-digital projects: the Rehnquist papers at the Hoover Institution, LIFE photos through Google, five centuries of board games, a range of resources on the Hammer Museum web site, Virginia Tech’s new digital archive, an interactive map of historic D.C. tours, and Google’s Rome site. Finally, read about a historian’s answer to Lincoln’s premonition of his death, Studs Terkel’s impact on the history field, and an opportunity to impact Social Studies-History standards.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Noralee Frankel, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
The New York Times
is seeking the help of Civil War historians for their Times Topics project. The Times Topics site is organized into about 15,000 subjects, which pull from past New York Times
articles to make pages that cover historical topics.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant
This week we’ve been drawn yet again to a number of articles related to digital history. See two articles on how digital libraries challenge physical libraries, check out jobs in the digital humanities, browse over 250 “killer digital libraries,” and learn about a new project to create virtual Colonial Williamsburg sites. Then, peek into the writing process of Ian Kershaw, read Mary Dudziak’s take on W.
, and check out the newest addition to The Commons (a project of the flickr photo sharing site).
Article By: Elisabeth Grant and Robert B. Townsend
So much to read online, so little time. We’ve organized this week’s abundance of articles and Internet finds by breaking them up into three categories: Images, Digital History and Online Tools, and More. See images from the National Maritime Museum and from areas torn apart by Hurricane Ike. Learn about the plan to put Holocaust video testimonies online, the Smithsonian’s efforts to digitize its collection, visualization engines, a new German historical encyclopedia wiki, and a tool to find bookstores wherever you go. And finally, read about this weekend’s Museum Day, the restoration of Montpelier, a “cultural initiative” from the UAE, a look at networked history, and newly discovered Winston Churchill transcripts.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend