Wednesday, January 14, 2015

You are Invited! Third Thursday Pau Hana History Theatre at Hawaiian Mission Houses

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives has launched a new program, and you are invited!

Come join the Hawaiian Mission Houses and “Mission Social Hall and Café” for pau hana drinks, pupu, and a “light” version of our acclaimed “Cemetery Pupu Theatre” program. 

The third Thurdsay of each month, you can experience a special visit from one person in Hawai‘i’s past. The performance will be followed by a short dialog with the actor and programmers and an optional tour of our historic 1821 Mission House, where you can see Dr. Judd’s 1832 medical office and Levi Chamberlain’s depository, the mission’s “general store.” 

The inaugural Pau Hana History Theatre on January 15, 2015, will feature Adam Le Febvre as Hiram Bingham.

$25/person for one drink and pupu, additional drinks and food for purchase. 

Third Thursday of every month, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hawaiian Mission Houses, 553 South King Street in Mission Social Hall and Café.

Click this link for your tickets today! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mount Vernon Summer 2015 Student Leadership Fellows

President George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia is looking for applicants to its first class of Student Leadership Fellows.

Applications are being accepted from college juniors "who have demonstrated their interest, engagement, and leadership in civil, social, cultural, and political causes."

Hawaii students are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit applications for this competitive five-and-a-half-week summer leadership program is February 1, 2015.

Go to this link to file today! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 Annual History Education Hawaii Conference

This coming Spring 2015 the Annual History Education Conference of History Education Hawaii, the state council of the National Council for History Education, will be held in late April or in May. 

We are presently scouting for a location. A theme will be announced soon, as will be an early-bird special rate.

The conference welcomes everyone who loves to teach and learn history inside and outside the classroom to gather, celebrate the subject of history and share. Conference proposals are encouraged and welcomed that illustrate collaboration, technology, educational best practices, original research and history education.

Conference preparations will be coordinated by The Pacific Learning Consortium. For questions and inquiries please contact us at

Presentation: Royal Standards of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the International Context

You are invited to attend a presentation by Dr. Doug Askman, Royal Standards of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the International Context. 

Dr. Askman is an associate professor of History at Hawaii Pacific University. 

His presentation will be held at the Kana‘ina building, Iolani Palace in Honolulu. Parking is available on the palace grounds. 

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015.
Time: 4:00 p.m. 
RSVP is requested. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Gilder Lehrman Institute: Civil War Essay Contest

We received news this morning that the Gilder Lehrman Institute (GLI) is co-sponsoring a Civil War Essay Contest with the Civil War Round Table of New York

The contest is open to the GLI's Affiliate Schools and students in grades 6-12. 

"Students examine the nation’s most divisive conflict through letters, speeches, songs, photographs, newspapers, military orders, and other documents, conducting research with primary as well as secondary sources."

Hawaii members of the Affiliate Schools Program are: 

Further contest details can be found here. The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2015. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Contest: 'Lessons of Leadership' by the National History Club

The National History Club is holding the Lessons of Leadership Contest. 

This Spring marks the 150th anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, bringing an end to the Civil War that killed over 600,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. 

This contest invites NHC chapter members to explore the causes, figures, and events of the Civil War. 

Students are asked to select an historical figure, analyze his/her decision making during the War, and detail how that person influenced the scope of the War and also History in general. 

Using descriptive examples of challenging decisions or vexing problems that this person had to make or solve, we seek people whose courage and honor can guide us today.

Contest entries can be submitted in any three of the following formats:
An essay of not more than 2,000 words, supplemented with a bibliography and endnotes. Entries may be submitted in either of the following forms: 1) Microsoft Word document or 2) PDF document.

A documentary that reflects your ability to communicate your figure’s importance, and also helps you develop skills in using photographs, video, graphic presentations, etc. Documentaries should not exceed more than 10 minutes, and sources used should be credited in an annotated bibliography.

A website that reflects your ability to use website design software and computer technology to communicate how your historical figure influenced history. Your website should include a collection of web pages, interconnected with hyperlinks, that presents primary and secondary sources and interactive multimedia. Sources used should be credited in an annotated bibliography.

All entries must be received by April 1, 2015.

Email to Bob Nasson at  Please type Lessons of Leadership in the subject line. 

Submissions will be judged by the NHC Advisory Board. Winners will be announced at the end of April.


First Place - $2,000 

Second Place - $1,000 (two prizes) 

Third Place - $250 (four prizes) 

Paul Gagnon Prize Deadline: December 5. APPLY NOW

The Paul Gagnon Prize will be presented to either a K-12 history teacher who exhibits exceptional historical scholarship or an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the promotion of history education. 

The deadline to apply is December 5th. 

The prize will be presented during the 2015 National Council for History Education (NCHE) Conference in St. Augustine, FL. 

For more information on the prize and how to apply, go to the link provided.