Monday, September 18, 2017

The National Council for History Education and The Fritz Fischer Scholarship Fund are pleased to offer scholarships to attend the NCHE National Conference

The National Council for History Education
The Fritz Fischer Scholarship Fund

are pleased to offer scholarships to attend the 
NCHE National Conference

What the Scholarships Provide
Conference Registration (A $200 Value)
Full Year of Membership in NCHE (A $50 Value)
$50 towards Enrichment Excursions & Events

Who is Eligible
All K-12 History Teachers

Contact John Csepegi to learn how to apply
and what is required of scholarships recipients

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2017.

Monday, August 7, 2017

First Day to School for the 2017-2018 Year

We pause for a moment to wish our teachers, students, school administrators and staff a pleasant, safe and successful first day of classes in Hawaii! As the month progresses more of our private schools will also be returning to their respective classrooms.

In case you have not noticed HEH has been quiet for much of the calendar year. Very soon History Education Hawaii will have some important announcements -including a one-of-a-kind service that we hope will bring history educators, students, museum staff and leaders together as never before. Stay tuned! 

Friday, June 23, 2017

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Volunteer and Program Coordinator at Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archive
Position: Volunteer and Program Coordinator
Location: Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
Salary: $32,500
Status: Full time with benefits
Opening Date: June 16, 2017
Closing Date: July 12, 2017
Reports to: Curator of Public Programs 

Position Summary: This position recruits and trains volunteers, develops and coordinates evening Mele programs, and provides backup for all other public programs including site and school tours.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Recruits and trains volunteers and interns to support various staffing needs of the HMH.
Seeks requests from staff for interns or volunteers for special events, other projects and general staff assistance.
Develops recruitment materials for a variety of media and collaborates with the Communications Specialist to place the materials.
Follows-up, screens and interviews all volunteer or intern leads.
Conducts general volunteer training; revises volunteer training manual as needed.
Schedules volunteers and tracks hours. 
Plans and conducts volunteer recognition programs.
Schedules docents as needed and periodically leads site tours.
Oversees development of and coordinates evening Mele programs and assists with all other public programs.
Coordinates all planning for evening Mele programs and other events as requested.
Oversees staff, volunteers, and contractors for Mele programs.
Provides assistance and supervision for other programs including daily and school tours as requested.
Obtains liquor licenses for all HMH events.
Assists with grant writing and fundraising for programs.
Represents HMH to the community and profession as appropriate.
Establishes and nurtures a network of relationships with educators, program managers, and community organizations to ensure thoughtful and well-attended programs.
Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations and work cooperatively to provide the best possible experience for the visitors.
Cheerfully performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
B.A. in Museum Studies, History, American Studies, Hawaiian Studies, Pacific Island Studies, or Anthropology from an accredited college or university preferred. 
Volunteer management certification and/or two years of volunteer program management experience preferred
Knowledge of Hawaiian performing traditions and interest in Hawaiian history
Knowledge of current historic preservation, and interpretation principles and practices.
Ability to network effectively to recruit volunteers and interns.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to participate in multiple projects and demands simultaneously.
Strong interpersonal skills, ability to develop relationships and communicate with the public and management.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
Flexibility to work Tuesday – Saturday including occasional evenings. 
Ability to lift fifty pounds and supervise program set-up.

Employer Information:
Hawaiian Mission Houses is centrally located in downtown Honolulu and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. The one-acre campus includes the two oldest houses in the State of Hawaii and the largest collection of Hawaiian language books in the world. It also includes the research archives, visitor center, and store. 
Mission: Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives preserves the heritage and interprets the stories of the American Protestant Missionaries, their descendants, and their relationships with the people and cultures of Hawai`i, connecting with contemporary life, and encouraging a deeper understanding and appreciation for the complex history of Hawai`i.

How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please e-mail cover letter and résumé, and two brief writing samples to indicating “Volunteer and Program Coordinator Position” on subject line. Or send your application to: Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 South King St., Honolulu, HI 96813-3002, Attn: Volunteer and Program Coordinator Position. FAX: 808-545-2280.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Mele Kalikimaka: a Hawaiian greeting of peace, joy and aloha

Mele Kalikimaka: a Hawaiian greeting of peace, joy and aloha.

Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful holiday has to offer. Take in the serene moments spent with friends and loved ones. May the wonder of Christmas surround you throughout the holiday season. 

Merry Christmas. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center: Reflections of Honor: The Untold Story of a Nisei Spy

You are invited to attend:

Reflections of Honor: 

The Untold Story of a Nisei Spy

Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Presented in partnership with the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association's Civic Education Committee

King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center
417 S King St., Honolulu, HI 96813

Authors Yoshinobu Oshiro (Military Intelligence Service veteran and retired principal, Hawai‘i Department of Education) and Lori Ward (Managing Editor at the Curriculum Research & Development Group, College of Education, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa) will speak about the biography of Arthur Komori, the Nisei Spy from Kauaʻi.

Arthur Komori, a Nisei from Hawai‘i, was one of two Japanese Americans recruited to the US Army Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) to pose as Japanese sympathizers and spy on Japan’s activities in Manila in the months leading up to World War II. When the war started, this Nisei served his country as a translator and undercover agent both on the front lines and behind the scenes in General MacArthur’s headquarters, even while at home over 120,000 Japanese Americans were interned in relocation camps. More than just a spy, Komori’s varied responsibilities also included interrogating prisoners of war and helping to train new linguist recruits and prepare them for work in the Pacific. Komori was also with MacArthur when he retook the Philippines and was in Tokyo Bay to witness the surrender of the Japanese to the Allied Powers. Fortunately, Komori recorded his story in journals, reports, and even poetry. This long overdue account of a decorated Military Intelligence Hall of Fame inductee reveals an important chapter in the history of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, September 16, 2016

New Issue of Common-place Published

Just as the 2016 presidential campaign enters the final, excruciating race to the finish line, the new issue of Common-place (16.4) takes a multi-faceted look at politics past. 

In “Beards Bachelors and Brides” Thomas Balcerski analyzes the election of 1856 where attacks of a gendered and sexual nature figured large in the race between the bearded John Charles Fremont, married to the beautiful Jesse Benton Fremont, against the bachelor James Buchanan.  

Daniel Peart provides us a revealing look into the long history of lobbying, while Matthew Mason focuses on Edward Everett and his reaction to the Fugitive Slave Act to reveal the Plight of Political Moderates in times of political polarization. 

Richard D. Brown reminds us that historically, political suffrage and citizenship in this country were not always coupled, and Merry Ellen Scofield describes the politics of Washington’s very first social media – the calling card.

Endrina Tay provides a new interpretation of the motives behind Thomas Jefferson’s sale of his private library to Congress after the burning of the Capitol.  

John Craig Hammond provides a thoughtful examination of the Constitution’s Framers original intentions regarding slavery in the United States, and in Common School Erik Chaput describes a student project analyzing Frederick Douglas’s changing, and diametrically opposed views regarding the Constitution’s position on slavery. 

In Tales From the Vault, Whitney Martinko traces the origins and significance of a painting of Philadelphia’s Market Street that has long hung in the United States Portrait Gallery in Philadelphia. 

Web Library presents a roundtable discussion about the current status of graduate training and digital history. 

Finally, there are reviews of new books about James Madison’s journal accounts of the Constitutional Convention; the Marquis de Lafayette, the Egalitarian ideals of the Republican party, and the not-so-corrupt bargain that determined the outcome of the 1824 presidential election.

It’s politics as it once was casting reflections on the presidential campaign that is, online for you at is produced by the American Antiquarian Society.
Editors, Anna Mae Duane and Walt Woodward, University of Connecticut

Published by a partnership of the American Antiquarian Society and the University of Connecticut.