Webinar: Writing for History Publications

Archivists have appeared in these publications, and if you’re looking to reach beyond archival professional publications, this is a great opportunity.


NCPH is partnering with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) on a “Writing for History Publications” webinar. NCPH members can get a code for a discounted rate by emailing ncph@iupui.edu

Every project has a story, and the field wants to hear yours! Public history publications offer a way to share your research and experiences with others, gather feedback from across the field, and make connections for future partnerships. But how do you get started? Join editors from AASLH, NCPH, and Nursing Clio to learn about sharing your work through magazines, journals, and blogs. We’ll cover the basics of submitting work to History News, the AASLH blog, The Public HistorianHistory@Work, and the Nursing Clio blog, with tips on choosing your platform and focus.

DATE: May 30, 2019

TIME: 3:00 – 4:15 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone!)

COST: $40 Members of AASLH and NCPH (NCPH members email ncph@iupui.edu for a discount code) / $65 Nonmembers

For a full description and to register visit https://aaslh.org/event/webinar-writing-for-history-publications/ .

Call for Book Proposals: Controversial Monuments and Memorials

Controversial Monuments and Memorials:
A Guide from the American Association for State and Local History

In the wake of the horrific recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the ensuing move to remove monuments to white supremacy, the American Association for State and Local History Editorial Board is seeking book proposals for a work tentatively titled Controversial Monuments and Memorials: A Guide from the American Association for State and Local History.

In order to publish the book while communities are still grappling with this part of their local history, the Board seeks proposals from authors able to complete a 40-50,000 word manuscript between now and December 29, 2017 (approximately four months). Given this short timeline, the Editorial Board will consider proposals that include some reprinted material.

The AASLH Editorial Board envisions a guide for public officials, community leaders, and historic site and museum professionals that will prepare readers to:

  1. Understand the history of racial violence that makes these monuments, memorials, and other physical markers like street signs, controversial in the United States (possibly also providing some international context and examples for comparative purposes).
  2. Discuss the events in Charlottesville and other locales as they relate to their own communities.
  3. Present their communities with practical ways to move forward in contextualizing and/or removing controversial monuments.

Proposals should address these questions:

  1. Imagine that your book is being promoted on the AASLH website or on Amazon. Begin with a title that captures the tone and spirit of your book. What would the ideal descriptive copy be? Emphasize special features or sections using bullets where appropriate.
  2. Your one to three paragraph bio. Emphasize your education and experience that’s relevant to this book topic. Please include other articles or books you’ve published related to this topic. The point here is to position yourself as an expert in this area
  3. Tentative table of contents. Please include page number estimates for each chapter. Please also include for each chapter an estimated number of photographs, figures, tables, or other graphic elements you think you would want to include in the chapter.

For questions, please contact Rebecca Shrum, Series Editor, at rshrum@iupui.edu or Bob Beatty, Managing Editor, at beatty@aaslh.org.

Rowman & Littlefield will offer a $1,000 advance against royalties to the author upon acceptance of a complete manuscript delivered by December 29, 2017.

Proposals are due Monday, September 18, to Bob Beatty (beatty@aaslh.org).

Call for Articles: Emerging History Professional Takeover of History News Magazine

Call for Articles: Emerging History Professional Takeover of History News Magazine

Emerging History Professionals are taking over the Winter 2018 issue of AASLH’s History News magazine! The issue will be guest co-edited by emerging history professionals Hope Shannon and Hannah Hethmon. Features and articles will all focus on Emerging History Professionals and reflect their insights and opinions about the field.

Anyone in the early stages of a public history career, broadly defined, is an Emerging History Professional. This includes graduate and undergraduate students, hobbyists, early-career professionals, and any other AASLH members who identify as belonging to this community.

History News exists to foster publication, scholarly research, and an open forum for discussion of best practices, applicable theories, and professional experiences pertinent to the field of state and local history. History News is a quarterly membership publication of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), a nonprofit educational membership organization providing leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society.

The editors are seeking submission of article abstracts. Proposed articles must:

  • Be relevant to the theme of Emerging History Professionals. Articles by emerging professionals will be given priority over those with more time in the field.
  • Not have previously been published elsewhere.
  • Be 2,500-3,000 words in length and properly footnoted and cited in Chicago/Turabian style.

Instructions and Deadlines:

The deadline for submitting abstracts is August 15, 2017.

Authors of accepted articles will be notified by the first week of September 2017. They will then have until November 1 to submit a final edited and reviewed version of their article. At that time, the article must be fit for print.

Along with the abstract (500 words max), submission must include:

  • A brief paragraph explaining how the article is relevant to the early history career/emerging history professional issues and AASLH’s mission (200 words max)
  • A brief biographical statement (100 words max)

Questions about topics and submission guidelines should be directed to Hope Shannon (hopejshannon@gmail.comand Hannah Hethmon (info@hhethmon.com).

Ideas for Topics

Here are some suggested topics to consider when developing your abstract. These are merely suggestions, and other topics that fit the theme are welcomed.

  • Thought pieces about current issues in the history and/or museum field
    • Attracting new audiences
    • Engaging millennials in historic places
    • The role of social justice in state and local history
    • Pushing the boundaries of history and museum work, whether it be where and how we do this work, the topics we address, or the people we work with
    • Advocacy and history relevance, especially in light of potential cuts to essential federal funding
  • Professional development tips, advice, concerns
    • Publishing as a practitioner
    • Personal branding and marketing yourself, networking
    • Practical training outside of the academy
    • Self-care: avoiding burnout
  • Issues, concerns, and interests related to employment
    • Gender/racial inequality in pay, general hierarchy issues in the history field
    • The challenges (and benefits) of being a millennial in a field still run (at least at the top) predominantly by the “baby boomer” generation
    • Intergenerational conflict: working with different generations of workers
    • Negotiating salary and employment-related benefits­
    • Tips/tricks for resumes and cover letters
    • Internships and the question of unpaid labor
    • Balancing political affiliations and interests as representatives of institutions

Call for Book Reviewers: AASLH

Four times a year, History News magazine brings you the latest discussions, developments, and innovations in the field of state and local history. That mission includes reviewing books on theoretical and practical topics that our members and readers are talking about and using in their daily work. AASLH is building our pool of book reviewers for History News, and we want you to get involved.

Apply to be a book reviewer and share your expertise with the field. We will match you with a book according to your interests, and send you a complimentary copy to review.

Our reviewers:

  • Have expertise and experience in the book’s topic or sub-field
  • Can discuss how the book will contribute to public history and relate it to similar works
  • Commit to writing a 500-word review that summarizes and analyzes the book’s thesis or topic
  • Work with our editors to meet deadlines and craft a great review

Here are some of the titles we’ve reviewed recently:

Apply online: http://blogs.aaslh.org/aaslh-call-for-book-reviewers/

AASLH’s “Interpreting LGBT History” Wins 2016 NCPH Book Award

Read more on the AASLH blog: http://blogs.aaslh.org/aaslhs-interpreting-lgbt-history-wins-2016-ncph-book-award/.

Purchase the book: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780759123724.

“Interpreting History” Series: https://rowman.com/Action/SERIES/RL/RLINTERP/Museum-Studies-Interpreting-History.