Quora is a fast-growing social media network that provides a platform for questions, and members of the network provide the answers. The site provides a fascinating glimpse into what people want to know about history and the history profession, and a way for historians to talk directly to a curious public.
Article By: Allen Mikaelian
What are history organizations, museums, and others who work in history doing on Twitter? They’re starting conversations, advertising jobs, sharing research, and much more. Whether you want to join the conversation, or just follow along, read on for five ways you can use Twitter.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant
Now, along with Facebook and Twitter, you can network with the American Historical Association through LinkedIn, a social networking site for professionals looking to connect with colleagues, share their work history, look for jobs, and more.
New this week, the FBI has released Howard Zinn's security file, historian Michael A. Bellesiles attempts to shed past controversy, the National Library of Medicine digitizes a 19th century manuscript, the National Museum of American History puts archival footage to music, and the National Parks offers a free entry weekend. Then, read about the selective use of history, learn "What's Wrong with the American University System," and find the most current articles on disability history. Finally, we turn to the digital humanities. Learn about a new blog-to-book tool, "blended librarians," the Library of Congress's new app, and the University of Oregon's learning community.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend
Yesterday in the discussion section of the AHA’s Facebook page we asked: What can the AHA do to create more interesting and dynamic Annual Meetings?
In the news this week, Virginia prepares for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, historian Mary Beth Norton becomes a member of the American Philosophical Society, NPR remembers the Kent State shootings, and Richard Overy takes a look at academic history in Britain. Next, we feature three links on web sites: web site creation as a class project, Chinese public health posters on the NLM site, and the Cleveland Museum of Art’s well designed collections display. We also look to Twitter, with an article on the ramifications of saving the Twitter archives and another on how a Calculus II class is resurrecting Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz in 140 character bursts. Finally, we conclude with some fun: selling homes by telling their history, baking a 1919 cake, and taking a look back at the World’s Fair.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
The AHA has joined Facebook and Twitter!