Wednesday, September 29, 2010

History Matters! October 2010 Issue Released

We received word from the National Council for History Education that the October 2010 edition of History Matters! is now available.

Featured this month are:

A Decision Making Approach to Teaching History, by Kevin O'Reilly

Military History in the Classroom, Part 2, by Jeff Hawks

Teaching Immigration, by Christopher Zarr of the National Archives

State Council Events

Legislative updates, a sampling of Professional Development around the country, and more!

To access the October issue, you must sign in as a member, then click on "Latest History Matters" from the links on the right side of the members' home page.

Once on the History Matters! page, you have two choices (for high speed or dial-up), depending on the nature of your internet connection.

As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, don't hesitate to send them to Mary Malicki, editor at

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Gilder Lehrman Institute: History Now: Three Worlds Meet: Europe, Africa and the Americas

The Gilder Lehrman Institute has announced that its latest issue of History Now is available:

Issue 25, September 2010: Three Worlds Meet: Europe, Africa and the Americas

The Institute is pleased to present the latest issue of History Now, a quarterly online journal for history teachers and students, available at this link.

Teachers responsible for a class in early American history often find themselves asking: When does American history begin? What does "America" include? The current issue of History Now takes the broadest approach to such questions, examining what historians call "The Atlantic World," four continents linked by the Atlantic Ocean. Our scholars look at conditions in England and the Americas before English colonization; they create a context for understanding Indian and African enslavement; and they examine the perils of traveling the waters that connect peoples of each continent to one another.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Call for Participation: Museums and the Web International Conference 2011

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Deadline Thursday September 30, 2010

Museums and the Web 2011 the international conference for culture and heritage online

April 6-9, 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Museums and the Web explores the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage online. Taking an international perspective, MW reviews and analyzes the issues and impacts of networked cultural, natural and scientific heritage. Our community has been meeting since 1997, imagining, tracking, analyzing, and influencing the role museums play on the Web -- wherever the network may reach.


The MW program is built from the bottom up. Proposals are invited from professionals and researchers in all areas actively exploring the creation, online presentation and use of cultural, scientific and heritage content, and its re-use and evaluation. Proposals are peer-reviewed by an International Program Committee.

The bibliography of past MW papers (all online since 1997) can be searched at this link.


Online proposal submission is required. Use the form linked from here.

[A profile in the MW online community is required to submit. It's quick and easy to set up.]

Please co-ordinate your proposals with your collaborators. Multiple proposals about the same project will not be accepted for the program.

Proposals are peer-reviewed individually by an International Program Committee; full sessions are rarely accepted. Proposals for sessions should be submitted as individual papers with a covering note. The committee may choose to accept some papers and not others.


MW sessions vary in format -- from formal Papers to informal Birds of a Feather lunches, and from structured Professional Forums to timely Unconference Sessions. Find the best format for your idea, by reviewing the descriptions at


Proposals due September 30, 2010 - for papers, mini-workshops + professional forums (written paper required by Jan. 31, 2011)

Proposals due December 31, 2010

- for demonstrations (written paper optional)


The Museums and the Web program is built from the ground up, from your proposals. Add your ideas to the online discussion.


Review the MW2011 Call for Participation online at this link.

Contact the MW2011 Conference Co-Chairs

David Bearman + Jennifer Trant, Archives & Museum Informatics at

Friday, September 24, 2010

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day: September 25

In this morning's e-mail box we received news from All McKay of the Mission Houses Museum that tomorrow, Saturday, September 25 is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.

Free admission cards admitting the bearer and one guest are available in the September issue of Smithsonian Magazine, or can be downloaded easily at this link.

Admission cards are good for one-day use at participating museums and will be collected upon entry. Only one admission card per household is allowed.

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day celebrates the country’s cultural offerings, allows the dissemination of knowledge, and brings Americans together. Last year more than 450 museums and cultural institutions nationwide participated in the effort.

History Education Hawaii strongly encourages teachers, students, historians and history buffs to take advantage of this free event for networking opportunities and to collect classroom learning aids.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Time is Running Out: NCHE Session Proposal Deadline September 27

This morning's mail brings a reminder that the deadline for session proposals for the 2011 annual conference of the National Council for History Education is September 27, 2010.

Go to this link for details and submit your proposal today!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

UPDATE: Colonial Williamsburg: Electronic Field Trip Funding Available for Hawaii Educators!

On September 6 we posted news of the availability of free electronic field trips from Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Click here for a link to that post.

We're pleased to report that so far ten Hawaii public elementary schools have taken advantage of this wonderful learning opportunity. Thank you!

Please remember that up to 30 electronic field trips are available to Hawaii's public elementary schools.

Dale Van Eck of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Education Outreach reported to us, "I am afraid that if I don’t get a really good response from Hawaiian schools this year I’ll lose the funding for future years."

Therefore, History Education Hawaii strongly encourages Hawaii public elementary school educators to sign up for these free electronic field trips as soon as possible.

Mahalo for your interest and participation!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Honolulu Star Advertiser:Kathryn Matayoshi New Superintendent of Hawaii Public Schools

Today's Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that Kathryn Matayoshi was unanimously chosen to serve as the next superintendent of Hawaii's public schools, the nation's tenth largest:

Kathryn Matayoshi, who guided the state Department of Education through its successful bid for $75 million in competitive Race to the Top funds and has garnered wide support in the community since stepping in as interim superintendent in January, was chosen yesterday as the permanent head of Hawaii's public schools.

The Board of Education unanimously chose Matayoshi for the job after an hourlong interview in executive session, during which members quizzed her on how she plans to make good on a host of ambitious reforms at the DOE and how she makes up for a lack of experience in education.

Read the entire story at this link.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Live Webcasts: Hillsdale College Constitution Day Colloquium

Hillsdale College will be holding its first Constitutional Day Colloquium September 16-17. It is sponsored by the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship.

Go to this link to register. Click this same link for the agenda and speaker biographies.

Here is the list of individual webcasts:

  • Howard Zinn and Civic Education
  • Does Tea Party Constitutionalism Have a Future?
  • Founding Father
  • How to Interpret the Constitution: A Debate
  • Civil Liberties and Islamic Terrorism: A Debate
  • Why We Celebrate Constitution Day

Constitution Day: Teaching with Documents from the National Archives

Constitution Day is September 17. For our history, government and civics teachers and students the National Archives has provided free classroom materials. Go to this link to learn more.

Friday, September 10, 2010

AASLH Annual Meeting Webcasts

The American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting is scheduled for Oklahoma City on September 22 to 24, 2010.

Here is some good news. If you cannot make it to Oklahoma City because of budget cuts, travel restrictions, or you just don't have the time you can join the annual meeting and still participate in six of its best live sessions from your office, your conference room, or even your kitchen table through webcasts.

Each webcast will be highly interactive and provide effective, professional development for both individuals and institutions.

Participants will have access to all live online events, on-demand access to the session recordings, and many opportunities for professional networking and information sharing.

As the AASLH discovered in 2009, this event may be the most cost effective training one can do all year! The cost is $95 per connection so the only limit is how many people can gather around your screen.

For full session descriptions, and to register please click here.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

From the AASLH: IRS Filing Relief for Non-Profits

Word has come to us from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) that the IRS is offering filing relief for non-profits. This is for those entities that have not filed for three consecutive years and are eligible for relief.

Tax-exempt organizations can file until October 15, 2010 to preserve their status. Click here for the IRS press release. Click this link for more information.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Colonial Williamsburg: Electronic Field Trip Funding Available for Hawaii Educators!

Funding for Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trips is available now!

Thanks to a generous Colonial Williamsburg donor, up to 30 Hawaiian public elementary schools are eligible to receive the 2010-2011 Electronic Field Trip series at no charge (a $500 value per school).

This Emmy award-winning series consists of 7 live broadcasts that can be streamed via the Web or watched on the Hawaii Department of Education Teleschool Channel 56. Each Electronic Field Trip and its companion resources are aligned to your state standards and integrate reading/literacy, civics, history, and technology standards. The series is targeted to grades 4-8. Since the subscription is for the entire school building, only one person for each school will need to subscribe. Here’s how to find out more information and submit your subscription:

Sample the series at to review the great resources available.

Subscribe your school by clicking here.

Wait to receive your registration information to create your user name/password—it’s that easy!

Again, this grant is for 30 Hawaii public schools only. If you have any questions, please contact us at: with the subject line HAWAII GRANT or call 1-800-761-8331.


Two teachers who are participating in the 2010-2011 Electronic Field Trips will be awarded a fully funded scholarship to attend the 2011 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute! One full week of outstanding professional development held onsite in Williamsburg, Virginia! All participating teachers will be asked to submit an application for the Teacher Institute and 2 recipients will be chosen for the scholarship, a $2000 value and will include airfare.

Congratulations to the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

As Trip Advisor has stated:

“8. Historic Hangars: Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii
Built in the historic hangars that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, Pacific Aviation Museum offers tens of thousands of square feet of aviation exhibits, including a collection of military aircraft from the World War II era. Visitors can also hop into the pilot’s seat at the museum’s flight simulator, where they can take off and land on an aircraft carrier, and take part in a high stakes battle in the sky. As one TripAdvisor traveler notes, 'if you are an aviation buff, this is a can’t miss if you are visiting the USS Arizona Memorial.'”
Also, the Museum recently welcomed its 500,000th visitor:

"Visiting from Durham, North Carolina, Joe Carter and Kelly Wiltberger came to Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on August 9th, 2010. They were greeted by Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff who presented them with commemorative gift bags. In the four short years that we've been open, we've reached the 500,000th visitor mark. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is very proud to have reached these milestones in the short time we have been open."

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Common-Place Publishes Interim Issue September 2010

The American Antiquarian Society has published its latest interim issue of Common-Place.

New reviews have just posted at Common-place! Learn about the melting of a peculiar “golden age” of masculinity in nineteenth-century America, and its accompanying fiscal anxieties. Explore an often-overlooked American Indian society and their role in the forging of U.S. imperialism in the Pacific Northwest. Or track the countless wanderings of antebellum Americans and the influence of faith – or economic opportunity – in their quests.

Go to this link and enjoy! Not on the mailing list? Click here to join at no charge.