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Every 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 college or university student. The Marszalek Lecturer for 2008 will be Harold Holzer, co-chair of the National Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and vice president of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The lectures will be delivered at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. For more information, visit


The 2008 Missouri Valley History Conference (MVHC) will be held March 6–8, 2008, in Omaha, Nebraska. The Society for Military History sponsors a full slate of sessions at the MVHC and offers a monetary award as part of the Kevin J. Carroll Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper in Military History presented at the MVHC. The conference website is

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) will hold its annual meeting March 28–31, 2008, at the Hilton New York on West 53d Street and Avenue of the Americas, New York City. This is the 101st meeting of the organization, and the theme will be "Bringing Us All Together." For more information visit

The Department of History at Weber State University will host the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History April 17–20, 2008, at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center in downtown Ogden, with the Ogden Marriott and Hampton Inn Downtown serving as host hotels. The conference theme is "The Military and Frontiers," which highlights the military and its role in geographic, technological, political, social, and other frontiers. Information concerning registration and lodging can be found at For more information, visit the society's website at

The Society of Civil War Historians (SCWH) will host its first biennial conference June 15–17, 2008, at the Union League in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The SCWH is [End Page 105] an association of scholars dedicated to exploring slavery, the sectional crisis, Civil War, emancipation, and Reconstruction roughly from the 1830s through 1880. The society also looks at the legacies of the conflict that continue to have an impact on society today. The SCWH's mission is to encourage scholarly activity and academic exchange among historians, graduate students, and professionals who interpret history in museums, national parks, archives, and other public facilities. The SCWH's goal is to bring greater coherence to the historical field by encouraging the integration of social, military, political, and other forms of history and generally to promote the study of the Civil War era. To learn more visit the SCWH webpage at

The Society for Women and the Civil War will host its 10th Annual Conference on Women and the Civil War, July 25–27, 2008, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Society for Women and the Civil War is dedicated to recognizing the lives and efforts of women from 1861 to 1865, both Union and Confederate, showcasing original and innovative research in its conferences. The 2008 Conference on Women and the Civil War is being held three weeks after the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and will, through field trips and some (but not all) of the presentations, highlight the women's roles in the battle and women's lives in the Gettysburg area. Please direct any questions to Meg Galante-DeAngelis at or visit the society's website at


On April 30, 2007, historian Douglas L. Wilson was awarded the 2007 Lincoln Prize for his book Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words (Knopf, 2006). Wilson received $50,000 and a bronze replica of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' life-size bust, Lincoln the Man. The Lincoln Prize is endowed by philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman and administered by Gettysburg College.

The 2007 George Washington Book Prize, worth $50,000, was awarded on May 22, 2007, to Charles Rappleye for his book Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, The Slave Trade...


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