News and Announcements
The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) issued a statement in August 2006 in response to the illegal bulldozing of a portion of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park by a handful of local developers. Purposely and without permission, the developers dug a deep trench through battlefield land owned by the National Park Service and the American people. For a copy of the joint statement, visit http://www.civilwar.org /PressReleases /PressDetail.asp?lngPressID= 131. For a map showing the water and sewer line illegally installed on NPS-owned land, see http://www.civilwar.org/news /append /harpersferrymap.pdf. For the latest news on battlefield preservation, visit CWPT's online newsroom at http://www.civilwar.org/news/. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Jim Campi (CWPT) at 202-367-1861, or Joy Oakes (NPCA) at 202-454-3386.
Each year the Marszalek Lecture Series at Mississippi State University consists of two annual talks addressing the Civil War and Reconstruction, Jacksonian America, or Race Relations. The talks are delivered by an eminent historian and a student from a college or university. The Marszalek Lecturer for 2007 will be Dr. Daniel Feller, professor of history at the University of Tennessee and editor/director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson. The lecture will be delivered on Wednesday, March 21, 2007. For more information, visit http://www.msstate.edu/.
The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has announced that Eileen R. Mackevich, cofounder and president of the Chicago Humanities Festival from 1989 to 2005, has been named executive director of the commission. The commission also has announced that President Bush signed legislation [End Page 103] to require the U.S. Treasury to issue a commemorative one-dollar coin in 2009 to mark Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. The Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin Act, HR 2808, directs the secretary of the treasury to mint 500,000 one-dollar coins, which will be comprised of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper. The coin's design will be selected by the treasury secretary in consultation with the ALBC and "shall be emblematic of the life and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln."
The 50th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference will be held March 1–3, 2007, at the Embassy Suites Downtown/Old Market in Omaha, Nebraska. The Society for Military History will sponsor several sessions at the conference and will offer a monetary award as part of the Kevin J. Carroll Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper in Military History. For more information, visit the conference Web site at http://www.unomaha.edu/mvhc/index.html.
The 28th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association will be held March 8–10, 2007, at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. The theme of the conference will be "Race and Ethnicity in the 19th Century," with interdisciplinary presentations that connect race and ethnicity with social identity or social control; with land use, ecology, city planning, or industrialism; with emigration and immigration patterns; with aesthetics or the sciences; and with gender and sexuality. There will also be special public lectures and roundtable discussions on the Underground Railroad, including tours of Underground Railroad sites. For more information, contact Drew Hubbell, conference organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Organization of American Historians will hold its 2007 annual meeting March 29–April 1 at the Hilton Minneapolis and Minneapolis Convention Center. This is the centennial meeting of the organization, and the theme will be "American Values, American Practices." For more information, visit http://www.oah.org.
The Department of History at Weber State University is pleased to host the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, April 17–20, 2008, at the Ogden Marriott and Hampton Inn Downtown in Ogden, Utah. The conference [End Page 104] theme is "The Military and Frontiers," which highlights the military and its role in geographic, technological, political, social, and other frontiers. For more information, visit the society's Web site at http://www.smh-hq.org.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Great Plains Studies will host its 33rd Interdisciplinary Symposium May 17–19, 2007. The subject of the...