A Student of History

October 18, 2006

Pontiac’s Rebellion

Filed under: Wars — John Maass @ 1:58 pm

Jeff Davis, associate editor of Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, is currently looking for paper submissions on Pennsylvania history for a 2007 special issue on the Seven Years War including Pontiac’s Rebellion. While articles specifically concentrating on Pennsylvania History are preferred, papers on issues from the region that are directly relevant to the Keystone State are also acceptable. For this project, the Mid-Atlantic region constitutes all states bordering Pennsylvania and includes the District of Columbia, greater Appalachia, and the Upper Ohio River Valley.

Articles are to be approximately 9,000-15,000 words in length, use endnotes, and conform to the “Chicago Manual of Style”. Please contact Jeff Davis via email if you wish to submit an article and you will be sent a Pennsylvania History Style Sheet. Submissions will include a 100 word abstract, hard-copy of the article double-spaced in triplicate, and an electronic file in Microsoft Word format. The deadline for submissions is December 1 2006.

Jeffrey A. Davis
Associate Professor of History
Bloomsburg University
Associate Editor Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies
104 Old Science Hall
400 East Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Email: jdavis@bloomu.edu

October 17, 2006

Omohundro Institute Fellows

Filed under: The Academy — John Maass @ 1:13 pm

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture offers annually a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies.

This particular fellowship will commence on July 1, 2007. The institute’s field of interest encompasses all aspects of the lives of North America’s indigenous and immigrant peoples during the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods of the United States and the related histories of Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the British Isles, Europe, and Africa, from the sixteenth century to approximately 1815. Fellows devote most of their time to research and writing, work closely with members of the editorial staff, and participate in colloquia and other scholarly activities of the institute. Fellows will hold a concurrent appointment as assistant professor in the appropriate department at the College of William and Mary and teach a total of six semester hours during the two-year term. Institute fellows also have the option of spending a summer at the Huntington Library on a full grant within five years of their residency in Williamsburg. For the calendar year 2008, the fellow will be supported principally by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through its program of fellowships at independent research institutions. During that year he or she will be designated both an NEH and an Omohundro Institute fellow.  In addition to a beginning stipend of $40,000, the fellowship provides office, research, and computer facilities as well as some funds for travel to conferences and research centers. Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. by the date the fellowship begins (July 1), and must be U.S. citizens or have lived in the U.S. for the three years preceding the fellowship award (required for NEH funding). Applicants must not have previously published a scholarly book or have entered into a contract for the publication of a scholarly monograph.  Deadline: Nov. 1st.

Info: http://www.wm.edu/oieahc/Fellowships/NEH.html

October 16, 2006

Passage tombs explored in new documentary

Filed under: Historic Places — John Maass @ 12:31 am

THE Boyne Valley passage tombs are to feature in a special film by the documentary-maker Roel Oostra. Oostra, who has worked with such great names as Robert Bauval, Graham Hancock, Archie Roy, Bill Sullivan and Hertha von Dechend, was in Ireland to film part of a documentary about how ancient cultures tried to replicate what they saw in the sky on the ground. Tentatively entitled ‘As Above, So Below’, the one-hour documentary will take a year to complete.In addition to featuring the famous Boyne Valley tombs, the documentary team will also visit England, Holland, Egypt, Japan, South America and Sri Lanka.During his visit here, Roel Oostra, who was accompanied by camerman Ge Aarts, concentrated on the Boyne Valley, and in particular the Sygnus Enigma theory formulated by Anthony Murphy and Richard Moore who have been studying the archaeology and myths of Ireland and their associated astronomy for the past eight years.

I visited these tombs in 2004, that is, Knouth and Newgrange.  Although they are one of Ireland’s biggest tourist attractions, there were surporisingly few people there in late June.  Lines were short.  They have an excellent visitor’s center here as well.  Its only about an hour from Dublin Intl. Airport, and its also right next to the battle of the Boyne (1689) site.  The best thing to do is to go to Slane and stay the night, see Trim Castle, Hill of Tara, etc. as well. 

The full article is here.  

October 15, 2006

Stonehenge solution: do nothing

Filed under: Historic Places — John Maass @ 3:30 pm

“After over 20 years of argument and countless millions spent on consultants and planning inquiries over the state of Stonehenge, a leading expert last night proposed a radical solution: do nothing. The government’s long overdue decision on the roads which strangle the world’s most famous prehistoric monument is ardently awaited by archaeologists and local residents alike, after two public inquiries and last summer’s lengthy public consultation.”


Complete story here.

The Last King of Scotland – Review

Filed under: The past that is still with us — John Maass @ 1:48 pm

From the Columbus Dispatch of 10/15/2006:

Forgive anyone younger than 30 for assuming that the central character in The Last King of Scotland is a satirical exaggeration concocted by an undisciplined screenwriter.


Unfortunately, Gen. Idi Amin was real. After toppling the government of Uganda in a military coup, he served as the absolute ruler of the African nation from 1971 until he was overthrown in 1979. He then fled into exile and died in 2003 in Saudi Arabia. During his near decade in power, Amin was a buffoonish presence full of swagger and bluff who flattered himself as the homegrown savior of his people. Among his many selfbestowed titles was “King of Scotland” because he had an almost-fetishistic attraction to the nation.

The rest of the review is here.

Civil War Tour in Oct.

Filed under: Historic Places,Wars — John Maass @ 12:54 am

University ’s McCormick Civil War Institute 11th Annual Fall Tour “First
”: October 27 & 28, 2006

University ’s History and Tourism Center (HTC) invites the public to attend the McCormick Civil War Institute fall tour, October 27 & 28, 2006. This exciting tour turns to the Civil War’s first grand battle – the Battle of Manassas (
Bull Run ), which took place on July 21, 1861.The two armies, each untrained and unready for combat, were the largest in American history at that time. The invading Union army launched its first “On to Richmond” campaign determined to cross Bull Run Creek, defeat the Confederate force guarding the crossing sites, and seize control of Manassas Junction, where the Orange and Alexandria and Manassas Gap railroads met. The battle was soon eclipsed in scale, notably by the Battle of Shiloh, but in July 1861 it was the largest battle ever on American soil.

The defeated Union army, commanded by General Irvin McDowell, lost 500 men killed, had 1,051 wounded and lost another 1,210 who were missing or captured. Driven back to
Washington , the army would have to prove its resiliency under a new commander in the spring of 1862.The victorious Confederates, commanded on the field by General P.G.T. Beauregard, lost 407 men and had 1,635 wounded. Two Confederate generals lost their lives, but a new Confederate general emerged alongside Beauregard – General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

Tour highlights include a track-side tour at Piedmont Station (Delaplane), Sudley Springs Ford,

Church , the

Bridge , Farm Ford, Mathews Hill and Henry House Hill, with historians Jonathan A. Noyalas, Dr. Brandon H. Beck and Stephen Lee Ritchie.For more information about the eleventh annual McCormick Civil War Institute fall tour, visit www.theknowledgepoint.org or call the Shenandoah University History and

Center at (540) 535-3543.Shenandoah University’s History and Tourism Center – The Knowledge Point serves as a primary resource and authority for history and historical research, heritage studies and tourism-product development, where the community and tourism industry come together to gain knowledge about the Northern Shenandoah Valley region.

The McCormick Civil War Institute provides educational focus and outreach in Civil War studies. The Institute, which is partially funded through private support, highlights the vital role
Winchester and the lower
Shenandoah Valley played in the Civil War. The Institute offers one-day fall tours to important Virginia Civil War destinations each year.

October 11, 2006

Dutch Colonial Atlantic World $$$

Filed under: The Academy — John Maass @ 5:34 pm

Quinn-Archives Research Residency Program
With the generous support of the Doris Quinn Foundation, the New Netherland Institute at the New York State Library and the New York State Archives have joined forces to offer a fellowship to facilitate research on New Netherland and on the Dutch Colonial Atlantic World. The holder of this research residencywill spend up to a year in Albany, New York, working in the rich collections of the New Netherland Institute and the New York State Archives. 

To apply, click here.

October 6, 2006

Bringing back history….

Filed under: The Academy — John Maass @ 1:24 am

News from CNN today says that Harvard University, “founded 370 years ago to train Puritan ministers, should again require all undergraduates to study religion, along with U.S. history and ethics, a faculty committee is recommending.” 

The CNN piece is mostly about the religion courses, which by implication CNN is shocked about.  It goes on to report that Harvard students also “need to have an understanding of American history, American institutions, and American values,” calling for a requirement to study the United States in a comparative context with other countries.

October 1, 2006

“A gross act of cultural vandalism”

Filed under: Historic Preservation,Ireland — John Maass @ 12:38 pm

That is what sculptor Maurice Harron has termed the restoration work at Griannan Fort, in Co. Donegal, Ireland (pictured below). He says that, as a result of the ongoing renovation works, the historic monument has dramatically changed shape.  The restoration work, he insists, should stop immediately and expert stone masons brought in to “try to undo the damage already done.”  


Harron is quite upset with the OPW project. He states

“Can you imagine, for example, if France’s Office of Public Works decided to renovate Chartres Cathedral – you can just hear them: ‘we can get rid of the oul stained glass windows and put in some nice double-glazed windows and we can take down some of that stone work and put up concrete walls and some handy stud walls in the interior!’ I don’t think so.”


Above is an aerial view of the fort.

For more on the controversy, click here.

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