Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016!

"The year is born ! the year is born! 
The past is numbered with the dead! 
What thoughts arise on New Year's morn! 
What days—what friends— what hopes are fled!
New time arrives—new works to do— 
New cares—new dangers are in view."

"The world's history commences a new chapter to-day," proclaimed The Friend, published in Honolulu, on the first day of 1856. "Individuals commence anew the journey of life. It is a fit season to break off old and vicious habits, and make good resolutions for the future."

History Education Hawaii, Inc., the state council of the National Council for History Education (NCHE), extend its aloha and best hau'oli makahiki hou wishes to all our members, friends, partners and colleagues around the world as 2016 dawns on our horizon.

Each new year comes with promises and challenges. We're optimistic that our best days lay ahead. Thank you very much for sharing our journey in promoting history education and supporting history teachers, students, independent scholars and history buffs from all walks of life. We're glad to have you aboard! Mahalo nui loa!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Common-Place Releases a New Issue

The American Antiquarian Society and the University of Connecticut have released the newest issue of the online journal of history, Common-Place

The new issue asks us to consider the work of recovering lost stories and writing new histories. 

Our Poetic Research column features a collection of reflections on the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the continued institutional resistance to acknowledging the horror of the event. 

Jonathan Beecher Field takes Publix’s cheerful Thanksgiving salt & pepper shakers as an occasion to reflect on the buried memories of violence and chaos that mark American holiday celebrations, past and present. 

A roundtable of scholars on the innovative digital Colored Conventions Project describes the difficult but exhilarating work of recovering nineteenth-century African American stories that have been neglected, and the need to avoid the biases that  helped to obscure them in the first place. 

Martha J. Cutter shares new information about Henry “Box” Brown’s career as a street magician who would creatively re-enact his remarkable escape into freedom.  

Michelle  Burnham describes her own discovery of the Pacific’s presence in the early American literature we’ve come to consider Atlantic production, Matthew R. Halley provides a first look at previously unstudied letters by John Audubon, and much more! is published by a partnership of the American Antiquarian Society and the University of Connecticut. Editors, Anna Mae Duane and Walt Woodward, University of Co

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Don't Wait! Support History Education Today

Dear Friends:

As 2015 is coming to an end and you consider any annual giving, it is our sincerest hope that you will consider making a year-end tax-deductible contribution to History Education Hawaii. 

Did you know that we receive no government funding for programs or operations? It’s true. We rely solely on memberships, private donations and ticket sales. 

We need your help in our mission to promote history and history education with our allies at the National Council for History Education (NCHE)

Your contributions make our programs possible. Every dollar you send is vitally important. Please give whatever your means permit.

Please go to our web site to make a secure online donation, or send your check to History Education Hawaii, Inc., P.O. Box 183 Honolulu HI 96810-0183. 

Mahalo and Thank you,

Jeffrey Bingham Mead

Jeffrey Bingham Mead
History Education Hawaii, Inc.,
the Hawaii State Council of the
National Council for History Education. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Seasons Greetings with Aloha! Mele Kalikimaka!

Mele Kalikimaka! Seasons Greetings with Aloha!

At this time of remembrance and reflection, may you find joy, contentment, illumination and hope. May we see -at last- peace on Earth, goodwill to all.

Whatever your tradition may be, we wish you a safe and wonderful holiday season. 

History Education Hawaii extends its aloha to you. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

James Madison Legacy Project: Workshops for Middle and High School Social Studies Teachers

We just received news of an important professional development opportunity for intermediate and high school teachers from the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center in Honolulu.

Want to know more about American democracy? Are you interested in tackling controversial issues in the classroom? Do you want a deeper understanding of the evolution of democratic ideas in Hawaiʻi? Want help connecting current events to constitutional issues? Are you comfortable using the QFT with your students?

Based on the acclaimed We The People:  The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum and funded in large by a United States Department of Education SEED grant, this series of professional development workshops will be challenging and rewarding. 
The workshops are designed for middle and high school Social Studies teachers, with preference given to teachers in schools with significant concentrations of high-needs students. 
Accepted participants must agree to attend all three workshops during the Spring 2016 semester.
A Great Opportunity for:
  • U.S. Dept. of Education Funded Teacher Stipend of $500
  • High-Quality PD
  • Free Sets of Textbooks
  • Instruction by Nationally Renowned Scholars and Professors
  • A Chance to Network with Civic-minded Teachers

  • Intermediate or High school teachers. Preference is given to teachers in schools with high-needs students
  • Attend all three professional development workshops:
    • Jan. 23 (8:30a - 4:30p):  Aliʻiōlani Hale, 417 S. King St., Honolulu
    • Feb. 6 (8:00a - 1:00p):  Kaahumanu Hale, 777 Punchbowl St., Honolulu
    • Mar. 7 - 8 (8:30a - 4:30p):  Aliʻiōlani Hale, 417 S. King St., Honolulu
  • Implement 40 hours of instruction using We The People:  The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum in your classroom including a simulated congressional hearing. This requirement can be fulfilled anytime before the end of the Fall term 2016.
  • Limited to 15 participants, including eight neighbor-island teachers, for whom transportation, meals, and housing on Oʻahu will be provided.

The James Madison Legacy Project is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education aimed at increasing the number of highly effective teachers of high-need students; increasing the achievement of students in attaining state standards in civics and government; and serving the self-identified professional development needs of schools with significant concentrations of high-need students. The King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center is implementing this project in Hawaiʻi. The James Madison Legacy Project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Join History Education Hawaii!

History Education Hawaii is part of an outstanding network with the National Council for History Education

With our allies, HEH works to build bridges between those who share a common passion for historical thinking. 

With HEH, history teachers, historians, students and history buffs, you'll find information on impressive professional development opportunities, thought-provoking conferences, lyceums, publications, and information on a wide-range of historical issues. 

Be part of community that is linked together by a commitment to excellence in history education. 

E komo mai! Join History Education Hawaii today

Did You Miss the USS Arizona LiveDive?

Did you miss the recent USS Arizona LiveDive this week? We understand that everyone has a busy schedule. 

Good news! Past LiveDives by the National Park Service are archived online, and available 24/7! 

For example, go to this link for the October 17, 2015 event commemorating the 99th anniversary of the USS Arizona's commissioning. 

Here is another link to the April 23, 2015 web cast from the USS Arizona. 

Colonial Williamsburg Teacher 2016 Institute Wants You!

Hawaii History Teachers! Dale Van Eck, the Manager of Educational Partnerships of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation just contacted History Education Hawaii: 

"Hi Jeffrey! We are looking for some history/civics teachers to receive fully funded scholarships to our 2016 summer Institute. This is about a $3000.00 scholarship.. Any assistance you can provide in “getting the word out” would be greatly appreciated!"

That's what History Education Hawaii is here for! 

Please go to the web link and learn more. Dale wants to hear from you!

Monday, December 7, 2015

74th Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

It was 74 years ago today that Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked, "a day which will live in infamy." 

Please pause to remember and honor those who lost their lives that day -and salute those who continue to flight for our freedom. 

Go to this link to view National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day events. Go to this link for official live streaming

Friday, December 4, 2015

Congratulations, Dr. Dave Wang, Cited in 'The Futility of Law and Development'

We're delighted to report that one of our former board members, Dr. Dave Wang of New York City, has been making inroads into Latin America through his research.

Dr. Wang is globally famous for his in-depth research on the influences of Chinese civilization on the founding of the United States of America and the American Founders. His blog site is here. 

He wrote:

"I just found that In his new book, The Futility of Law and Development published by Oxford University on November 24, 2015, Dr. Jedidiah J. Kronche, a well-known Professor from FGV Sao Paulo School of Law (Brazil) cited at least eight of my published papers on the US founding fathers used Chinese Civilization to develop a new America." 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Mark Your Calendars of the USS Arizona Live Dive on December 8, 2015

Join World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument’s Chief of Cultural Resources Scott Pawlowski underwater on the USS Arizona on December 8, 2015

We will answer questions live from the theater audience and Facebook! New shipboard locations previously not shown will also be featured. Our goal is help you experience the wreck as it is today, illustrate life aboard the vessel in battle and peace, as well as understand the world-class science behind managing this hallowed ground for future generations.

The theater will open at 3:45 pm HST. The dive will start at 4 pm HST. Visitors can watch the live broadcast in the visitor center theater (150 walk-in seats), or online via Adobe Connect. 

There is plenty of free parking at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center located at 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818. 

On October 17, 2015, our ParkEd team partnered with the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center to bring you another Live Dive presentation. Our Chief of Cultural Resources went underwater on the wreck of the USS Arizona to learn about the damage to the ship from the December the attack on Pearl Harbor, and modern-day science and conservation efforts being supported by the National Monument. Visitors watched the live broadcast in the visitor center theater, or online via Adobe Connect. To see the recorded footage, click here.
In April, 2015, our ParkEd team hosted a live broadcast underwater, as our Chief of Cultural Resources gave a tour of the USS Arizona as she rests today on the bottom of Pearl Harbor, beneath the USS Arizona Memorial. 

Viewers watching live submitted questions to the dive team and had them answered on-air. You can watch the recorded version here, and stay tuned for updates on future live dive events!

Dr. Fritz Fischer, NCHE Board of Directors, Addresses Michigan Conference

Dr. Fritz Fischer sits on the Board of Directors of the National Council for History Education. He is a professor at the University of Northern Colorado. 

This is his presentation at the 41st Annual Great Lakes History Conference at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 9, 2015. 

This conference was organized by the Michigan Council for History Education.

Dr. Fischer also published a book, The Memory Hole: The U.S. History Curriculum Under Siege. Click here to go to

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Welcome Battleship Missouri Memorial -Our Newest Institutional Member!

History Education Hawaii, Inc., is pleased to announce our newest institutional member is Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii! 

Institutional memberships with HEH,  the Hawaii council of the National Council for History Education, are welcomed and encouraged. 

Please click this link to our Membership page.  

Institutional membership with History Education Hawaii helps strengthen our joint pursuit of history education advocacy, professional development, research, and information. It's all focused on highlighting our rich history inside and outside the classrooms in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific Rim. 

Please contact us for further information on institutional memberships and the benefits they bring. You'll be glad you did!