Announcements and Events

RESEARCH WORKSHOP
The Afghanistan Wars


RESEARCH WORKSHOP
Registration is open: the Second World War Research Group North American (SWWRGNA) Third Research Workshop on Information at War will be held virtually over Zoom on 18-19 February 2022. The event will feature a keynote from Michael Graziano on his new book, Errand into the Wilderness of Mirrors: Religion and the History of the CIA (Chicago 2021), and Saturday panels on new work on wartime propaganda, intelligence, and espionage. Co-hosted by the history department at Sam Houston State University.

Questions? Reach out to the co-organizers Jadwiga Biskupska and Mary Kathryn Barbier at swwresearchgroupna@gmail.com
 
Workshop is free, but attendees must pre-register for each event.
Register for the Friday keynote (3pm CDT) here: 
https://shsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q5xZpaS5QUav0Z8V9mc44Q 

Register for the Saturday workshop (8:30am CDT – 5:00pm) here:
https://shsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KLw9eBCfQWuyBLxctU1u4w


NEW EXHIBIT OPENS
Exhibit: Rendezvous With Destiny: Florida and WWII
December 7, 2021 – March 20, 2022

Eighty years ago in December 1941, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Congress declared war on the Empire of Japan, Italy, and Nazi Germany. This action followed the December 7 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii, which was a day, the president said, that will live in infamy. Years before entering the war, the United States prepared to defend democracy; Florida was at the forefront.

Visit the Florida Historic Capitol Museum to learn more about Florida’s historic Rendezvous with Destiny. Developed in partnership with Camp Blanding Museum and The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at Florida State University, this exhibit and programming share the stories of the pre-war period and entrance into World War II from the perspective of those who experienced it – the Floridians defending America on the front lines and back home.

Florida Historic Capitol Museum
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

For further information

Rachel Porter: PORTER.RACHEL@flhistoriccapitol.gov
G. Kurt Piehler: kpiehler@fsu.edu


NARA RESEARCH ROOM OPERATIONS
The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, has announced the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA's) plan (https://historycoalition.org/letter-from-the-archivist-reopening-research-rooms-11-8-21/) for resuming research room operations. In-person access to research rooms is dependent on local health conditions and several requirements are in place to ensure the safety of both staff and patrons. Research room visits will be by appointment only. The new requirements are detailed below. The most up-to-date information about NARA's reopening can be found at https://www.archives.gov/Coronavirus.

NARA is utilizing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) transmission levels (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7030e2.htm#T1_down) to determine when research rooms can be fully reopened while ensuring maximum safety for customers and employees. County transmission levels are available on the CDC website at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.

To summarize:

  • At high transmission levels, a limited number of staff may volunteer to be on-site to complete certain work that must be done on-site. No research rooms will be open.
  • At substantial or moderate transmission levels, staff will be on-site to complete core work and research rooms will open at a limited capacity by appointment only.
  • At low transmission levels, staff will be on-site to complete all types of work, and research rooms are expected to remain open by appointment only. 


SEEKING TRANSCRIBERS
Project CHECO: The Air Force Experience in Vietnam" (https://airforcehistory.net) seeks to textually digitize a semi-curated collection of documents held at the Air Force archive. It also supports research into the correlation between demographics and crowdsourcing effectiveness.

The Air Force created Project CHECO (Contemporary Historical Examination of Current Operations) in 1962 to analyze issues of immediate concern to various echelons of the service. Over the course of fifteen years, authors completed more than 250 reports on topics that included special operations, conventional air operations, rules of engagement, training, air base defense, and many others. Arguably, the Project CHECO reports represent the single-most comprehensive collection of Air Force-produced documents detailing its activities in the Vietnam War. The vast majority of these have been declassified and approved for public release, and only the publicly-available studies are being used for this project.

For the volunteer, this is a trifecta of opportunities: A chance to learn about U.S. Air Force history in Southeast Asia from the perspective of the service itself; contribute to digital history through the textual digitization of a portion of the USAF archive (similar to efforts by NARA, LOC, and the Smithsonian); and, last but not least, help me gather data for my dissertation!

The process is simple:
1. Fill out a demographic form (individual identities will not be associated with performance)
2. Review some directions for the site.
3. Correct or transcribe a document from the Air Force archive.
4. Take a survey.

THAT'S IT! If you have any questions, please contact me at dabyrd4@gmail.com. Thanks, Dave

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SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT
Joint Force Quarterly seeks history submissions for its “Recall” Section
 
Joint Force Quarterly, published by the National Defense University Press, is looking for articles of 2,500 - 5,000 words or less for its Recall section.  Recall focuses on historical issues often of contemporary relevance to the joint force.   JFQ is the Chairman's joint military and security studies journal designed to inform and educate national security professionals on joint and integrated operations; whole of government contributions to national security policy and strategy; homeland security; and developments in training and joint military education to better equip America's military and security apparatus to meet tomorrow's challenges while protecting freedom today.  Instructions for submission of articles is at: http://ndupress.ndu.edu/SubmitaManuscript.aspx.  Any questions can be sent to JFQ1@ndu.edu.


WAR AND SOCIETY IN NORTH AMERICA
Several books have been published in this series at Ohio University Press.

  • Geoffrey L. Rossano’s edited Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingall’s, America’s First Naval Ace
  • Eugene D. Schmiel’s Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era
  • Steven M. Baule’s Protecting the Empire’s Frontier: Officers of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment during its North American Service, 1767-1776
  • John A. Wood’s forthcoming Veteran Narrative and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War
The series provides a venue for scholars of war and society in areas now comprising the United States and Canada from the pre-colonial period to the present. The scope is broadly conceived to include:
  • military histories of conventional and unconventional conflicts on the North American continent
  • studies of peace movements and pacifist attitudes in North America
  • biographies of individuals and groups from North America who fought around the world and returned from those wars
  • examinations of institutional, political, diplomatic, religious, cultural, economic, or environmental factors that affected warfare on the North American continent
  • comparative analyses of military conflicts in North America 
Proposals for outstanding dissertation monographs, surveys, anthologies, or edited primary source collections will be considered. Because this series originally focused on the Midwest, proposals will continue to be considered on the upper Mississippi River valley, the Ohio River valley, and the Great Lakes region.  The series is co-edited by Ingo Trauschweizer of Ohio University and David Ulbrich of Rogers State University.  The series' editorial advisory board includes Janet Bednarek, Michael Doyle, Nicole Etcheson, Joseph Fitzharris, John Grenier, John Hall, Paul Herbert, James Westheider, and Lee Windsor.  http://www.ohioswallow.com/series/War+and+Society+in+North+America


CALL FOR WRITERS
Strategies & Tactics Press

We are looking to augment our current pool of writers at Strategies & Tactics Press. Founded in 1967, Strategy & Tactics magazine is the longest continually published military history magazine. In addition to Strategy & Tactics, we also publish World at War, which specializes in the Second World War and Modern War which specializes in Cold War/Current/Future conflicts.

All of periods of military history are desired. For submissions we are looking for the analytical aspect of the certain battle/conflict, not necessarily just the story or personal aspect of the battle (i.e. we focus on the “how and why” questions).

For more information, please contact:
Strategies & Tactics Press
Kyle Lockwood, Senior Editor
klockwood@strategyandtacticspress.com

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