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2020 Annual Meeting: Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Situation



Friday, March 13: Morning Panels 

Session One: 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Panel 1: The Pittsburgh Refugee Stories Oral History Project: African Refugees Tell Their Story

Megan Crutcher, Duquesne University

Bahati Kasongo, Refugee Community Partners

Taylor Noakes, Duquesne University

Celestin Mpagaze, Refugee Community Partners

Stephanie Walrath, Duquesne University

Panel 2:  Oral History and Memory

Chair:  Abigail Perkiss, Assistant Professor of History at Kean University

Kate Singer, Rutgers University-Newark, “Memory and Fire”

Anne Cardenas, Independent Oral Historian and Producer, “2008 Obama Presidential Campaign”

Friday, March 13: Afternoon Panels

Session Two: 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.

Workshop: Telling Their Stories: Using Diplomats’ Oral Histories for Research and Public Exhibits 

Heather Ashe, Oral History Program Manager, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training

Alison Mann, Public Historian, National Museum of American Diplomacy

Panel 3: Emerging Professionals

Undergraduate scholars will present papers, giving them the opportunity to present academic and public history work to an audience of professional historians.

Chair: Richard Hulver, Historian, NHHC

Claire Tryon, Shepherd University, “The Furies Collective: A Study on Collectivism”

Claire Affinito, Shepherd University, “Stopping the Madness: The Role of the Legal System in Early Modern English Witch Persecutions”

Meredith Dreistadt, WVU, Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. and Americorps Service in WV

Panel 4: Women’s Role in War

Chair: Owen Rogers 

Maggie Lemere, Oral History Consultant, Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security, “Profiles in Peace”

Chrissie Reilly Parker, 366 FW, UMBC, “USAF Spouse Oral History Project “

Mattea Sanders, Historian, 11th Wing, U.S. Air Force, “Beyond the Superlatives-Telling Women’s Military Stories”

Panel 5: Oral History of Communities

Chair: Anne Rush

Viviene Felix, Associate Director, Experiential Learning, New York University, “Using Oral History to Examine the History, Legacy, and Evolution of the Historically Black Episcopal Church”

David Hamilton Golland, Associate Professor of History, Governors State University, “The Oral History of Affirmative Action: Reconstructing the Philadelphia Plan and Arthur Fletcher”

Session Three: 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Federal jobs WORKSHOP

The Federal History Jobs Workshop is designed to provide information and resources for individuals seeking employment in history-related fields in the federal government. Representatives from a variety of historical offices will discuss their unique career paths and answer questions about securing a federal job and  guiding attendees through the USAJOBS system and the process of applying for positions.

Panel 6:  Wars, Threats, Insurrections

Chair: Zack Wilske,Senior Historian, USCIS History Office and Library 

Kurt A. Halligan, Graduate Student, Duquesne University, “Chemical Chaos in WWI:  The United States’ Failure and Success in Response to the Chemical Threat in Europe”

James F. Siekmeier, Associate Professor of History, West Virginia University, “Before the Opioid Epidemic:  Historical Origins of the War on Drugs in the Andes”

Scott Thompson, PhD Candidate, West Virginia University; Graduate Research Assistant and Intern, Historical Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, "We will reduce your houses…to ashes and send your guilty souls to hell:  A Threatened Buffalo Soldier Insurrection and the Long Black Struggle for Freedom”

Panel 7:  Exploring the History of Agencies and Institutions

Chair: Felicia Wivchar, Associate Curator, Office of Art and Archives, U.S. House of Representatives

Bryan S. Kessler, PhD Candidate, University of Mississippi, “Preventing the Collective Toothache:  The United States Public Health Service and the Threat of Antifluoridation, 1950-1980”

Eric Boyle, Chief Historian, U.S. Department of Energy, “The Story Behind the Writing of a Pioneering Work in Federal History—The New World: A History of the United States Atomic Energy Commission”

Jody Brumage, Archivist and Office Manager, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, “Inspiring Civic Knowledge and Engagement through Congressional History”

Thomas Faith, editor, The Federalist and Historian, U.S. Department of State, “Fifteen Years of Federalists:  A Digital Analysis of SHFG’s Newsletter”

Panel 8:  Speaking to the Past: Oral History in the Classroom

Nicole Slaven

Arianna Lower

Shaleia McElligott

Saturday, March 14: Morning Panels 

Session Four: 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Roundtable: 150 Years of History in the U.S. Department of Justice

John F. Fox, FBI Historian, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jeffrey Richter, Chief Historian Criminal Division's Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP), DOJ

Kenna Felix, DEA Museum Historian, Drug Enforcement Administration

Haley Maynard, Reference Archivist, National Archives and Records Administration

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Department of Justice. In light of this milestone it is fitting to consider the history of the Department and the roles that archivists and historians have within it or working with its records. This roundtable brings together government employees and contractors, archivists and historians to discuss their work, consider prior work on DOJ history, and suggest future directions that those who study the Department may take.

Panel 9:  Always There, Always Working: Voices of Women at the Smithsonian Institution

Pamela Henson, Director, Institutional History Program, Smithsonian Archives, “Capturing Many Voices”

Elizabeth Harmon, American Women’s History Initiative Curator, Smithsonian Institution Archives, “Telling the Stories of Women in Science at the Smithsonian”

Hannah Byrne, Program Assistant, Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, “Creating a Digital Home for Women at the Smithsonian”

Panel 10:  Oral History Partnerships at the National Institutes of Health 

Moderator: Carlyn Swaim, Vice President, Exhibits and Interpretive Planning, History Associates Incorporated

Michele Lyons, Curator, NIH Stetten Museum, “What Can You Do With an Oral History?”

Robert Scott Vierick, Historian, History Associates Incorporated, “Oral Histories Past, Present, and Future”

Christopher Donohue, Historian, National Human Genome Research Institute, “Oral Histories at the National Human Genome Research Institute”

Panel 11: Navigating the Politics of Authority and Legacy in Oral Histories of College and Museum Communities

Chair: Johanna Mellis, Assistant Professor, Ursinus College

Andrew McSwiggan, Student, Ursinus College

Isabella Almonte, Student, Ursinus College

Morgana Olbrich, Student, Ursinus College

Session Five: 10:45 to 12:15 p.m.

Workshop: Oral History: Perspectives from Federal Practitioners

Jessie Kratz, Historian, National Archives and Records Administration

Mattea Sanders, Historian, United States Air Force, 11th Wing

Joel Christenson, Historian, OSD Historical Office

Richard Hulver, Historian, Naval History and Heritage Command

Panel 12: Stories from the Field: Perspectives on Cultural Resource Management and Preservation

Jennifer Thornton, Teaching Assistant Professor, West Virginia University, “Preserving Our Nation’s Heritage:  The Need for Historical Expertise in Cultural Resource Management”

Casey DeHaven, Easement Program Manager, National Trust for Historic Preservation, “Preservation in Perpetuity:  An Overview of Managing Preservation Easements at the State and National Levels”

Benjamin Marnell, Graduate Student, West Virginia University, “Broadening the Field:  Cultural Resource Management, Government Archives, and Accessibility”

Panel 13: Telling the Story of Representation with Congressional Constituent Correspondence

Jay Wyatt, Director, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, "Dear Senator Byrd:  Constituent Correspondence and the Social History of Congress"

Alison White, Deputy Senate Archivist for Digital Collections, U.S. Senate Historical Office, "A View from the Hill on Constituent Correspondence with Congress"

Danielle Emerling, Assistant Curator, Congressional and Political Papers Archivist, West Virginia University, "America Contacts Congress:  The Project to Save Constituent Correspondence Data" 

Panel 14: Claiming Deaf New York Spaces

Brian Greenwald, Professor of History and Director of the Drs. John S. and Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center, Gallaudet University

Brianna DiGiovanni, Gallaudet University

Jean Bergey, Associated Director of the Drs. John S. and Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center, Gallaudet University

Saturday, March 14: Afternoon

Session Six: 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.

Roundtable: Current Trends in Federal History--Examples from the Executive Branch

Carl Ashley, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State

Joel Christenson, Historical Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Kristina Giannotta, Navy Heritage and History Command

Stephen Glenn, Historical Programs Staff, Central Intelligence Agency

Mircea Munteanu, Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State

The session will explore the ways in which federal history programs provide information to the public and contribute to the historical record through narrative histories, selected documentary releases, edited editions, declassification, and other outreach efforts.

Panel 15: Telling Our Own Untold Stories:  Oral Histories of the National Park Service

Chair: Abigail Perkiss

LuAnn Jones, Park History Program, National Park Service, “The Labor of National Park Service Rangers”

Perri Meldon, PhD Student, Boston University, “Accessibility and the National Parks”

Katherine Crawford-Lackey, Cultural Resources, Office of Interpretation and Education, National Park Service, “The Storytellers’ Stories”

Panel 16: Stories from the Hoover and FDR Administrations (Combined)

Chair: Julie Prieto, Historian, U.S. Army Center of Military History 

Donald A. Ritchie, U.S. Senate Historian Emeritus, “The Power of Political Journalism: Leaks, Lies, and Libel in Drew Pearson's Washington”

James Deutsch, Curator and Editor, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Heritage, Samuel Jane-Akson, Research Intern, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, “Dear Mr. President:  Stories at the Heart of Ordinary Americans in 1942”

Panel 17: U.S. Naval Academy Oral History Project: The Class of 57' in Vietnam

Chair: David F. Winkler, Class of 1957 Chair of Naval Heritage at the U.S. Naval Academy

Midn 1/C Joseph Koch

Midn 3/C Kelly Alksninis

Captain Bill Peerenboom, USN Ret. from the USNA Class of 57


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