Program & Schedule
Friday, March 23Federal Jobs Workshop-Byrd Center, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Graduate Student & First Time Attendee Networking Hour-Byrd Center (4:00-5:00 p.m.)
Awards Ceremony-Byrd Center (5:00-6:00 p.m.)
Opening Reception-Bavarian Inn (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Saturday, March 24
Registration-Byrd Center, main lobby (8 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
Coffee & light refreshments (8:00-8:45 a.m.)
Book Auction, main lobby (8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
Morning Sessions (9:00-10:30 a.m.)
Panel I: Memory and Complicated Historical Truth
Chair, Mattea Sanders, Historian, National Park Service
Breanne Robertson, Marine Corps History Division, "Unraveling the Flag Raising: Iwo Jima and the Struggle for Historical Truth"
John M. Lawlor, Jr., Reading Area Community College, "'Spinning Custer": a newspaper editor's assessment of Little Bighorn"
Wyatt Evans, Drew University, “The Isabella Brinsmade Affair and the Federalization of Domestic Security in the Civil War”
Panel II: "Moving at a Stately Pace- Congress in Transition"
Chair, Eric Boyle, Department of Energy
Felicia Wivchar, Curator, U.S. House of Representatives. ““Only the Exceptional": The Fitful Start of Portraiture in the House of Representatives”
Daniel S. Holt, Assistant Historian, Senate Historical Office,"Revisiting the Gilded Age Senate"
Christine Blackerby, Curator, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, “Congress and the Separation of Powers”
Panel III: Federal Oral History Programs, A Roundtable Discussion
Chair, Kristina Giannotta, Naval History and Heritage Command
Jessie Kratz, Historian, National Archives
Morning Sessions (10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
Panel IV: Instruments of Policy
Chair, Julie Prieto, Historian, United States Army Center for Military History
Joshua Pollarine, Historical Research Associates, Inc., "The FED in the ROK: the Army Corps of Engineers and the Construction of Defense on the Korean Peninsula"
Panel V: The Visual Representation of Federal History
Chair, Thomas Faith, Historian, U.S. Department of State
Tracy L. Baetz, Chief Curator, U.S. Department of the Interior Museum, “'People, Land & Water': A New Visitor Experience at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum"
Panel VI: Uncovering and Recovering Archives
Chair, Zack Wilske, Historian, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Cheryl Fox, LC Archives Specialist, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, "Restitution and Documentation: Library of Congress' European Mission, 1945-1952"
Jody Brumage, Archivist, “The Byrd Center Archives,” Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education
Lunch Break (12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.)
Lunch Roundtable: Federal History Online, “History at the Federal Government”: Workshop on new SHFG website initiatives (12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.)Multi-purpose room
Moderator: Michael Reis, Senior Vice President, History Associates; Member SHFG Outreach Committee
Registration for the
Friday, March 23 1 - 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 25
Tour of Antietam National Battlefield
Sunday, March 25
Get a peak behind the curtains with a special tour of the Byrd Center reading room and archives. The Byrd Center holds the personal and political papers of three former members of Congress from West Virginia, Senator Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving senator in U.S. history, Congressman Harley O. Staggers, Sr., former chairman of the House Commerce Committee, and representative Harley O. Staggers, Jr. SHFG members will have the opportunity to learn about how these important collections are preserved and examine a variety of rare documents, photographs, and objects, including materials that highlight Senator Byrd’s central role in leading the Senate’s ratification of the 1977-1978 Panama Canal Treaties.
Afternoon Sessions (2-3:30 p.m)
Panel VII: Washington, Adams, Jefferson and the First Two-Party System: Forming a New Government
Chair, Mandy Chalou, Historian, U.S. Department of State
Dinah Mayo-Bobee, East Tennessee State University, "The Case for Federalist Obstruction and Sectionalism after 1800"
Panel VIII: Making History Relevant for NSA
Chair, Sarah Parsons, Historian, NSA Center for Cryptologic History
John A. Tokar, Chief, NSA Center for Cryptologic History, “What CCH Can Do for You: Make History Relevant!”
William J. Williams, Standby Active Reservist, NSA Center for Cryptologic History, “What is History: The Puzzle Exercise”
Jessica Garrett-Harsch, Oral Historian, NSA Center for Cryptologic History, “Audio History at NSA”
Panel IX: Making (Elusive) History in Periods of Transition
Chair, Glen Asner, Deputy Chief Historian for the Office of the Secretary of Defense
Joshua Botts, Office of the Historian, Department of State
Panel X: To Lead or to Follow: National Parks and Social Change
Chair, Allison Finkelstein, Historian, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Jarrad Fouss, West Virginia University
Business Meeting (3:45-4:30 p.m.)