This post goes out to all our returning History and American Studies students. A scavenger hunt is on. The building housing Tim’s Mart at 1010 Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg is for sale, and the city’s Department of Economic Development needs an old picture of the facade, dating from before 1955. They need it so badly that they’re offering a $500 reward to anyone who can turn one up before December 31. So it’s time to hone your digital and analog archival skills, crack open old newspapers and dusty cardboard boxes, and start looking for early twentieth century Fredericksburg streetscapes. [Read more...]
The Borgen Project, a national campaign that focuses on global poverty, has telecommuting internships opening in Virginia and welcomes students to apply. The descriptions for positions are listed below. For more information, see: http://borgenproject.org
Political Affairs Internship
This is a part-time 14-hours per week telecommuting internship. The internship is 4-months and responsible for leading public and political outreach in the state and district assigned to. Must be available Monday’s 4:30-6:00 PM PST for The Borgen Project’s national conference call.
- Meet with members of Congress and/or Congressional staffers in your State and District.
- Represent The Borgen Project at various business, political and community events.
- Assist with fundraising. Create a personal fundraising campaign and meet targets.
- Mobilize individuals to contact their members of Congress in support of key poverty-reduction legislation.
- As needed, speak to groups, classes and organizations.
- Write letters of support for key programs to political leaders, media and other groups.
- Outstanding writing skills.
- Self-starter who can produce great results with limited supervision.
- Strong oral communication skills and ability to lead meetings and give speeches.
To Apply: To be considered for the Political Affairs Internship, please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Nationwide (Telecommute Volunteer Role)
Duration: 6 months
Hours: 4-6 hours per week
Regional Directors operate independently from home and maintain contact with The Borgen Project’s Seattle office. Regional Directors sign a 6-month contract. The position is volunteer and is roughly 4-6 hours per week. Regional Directors attend a conference call every Monday evening. Regional Directors come from many diverse backgrounds, some of which include a news anchor, veteran, banker, teacher, relief worker, political staffer, sales manager, programmer, and college students.
- Attend one (30-60 minute) conference call every week with the President of The Borgen Project and Regional Directors from across the United States (5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT).
- Meet with local congressional leaders and lobby for legislation that improves living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.
- Mobilize people in your community to contact their congressional leaders to support poverty reduction legislation.
- Manage and implement fundraising campaigns.
- Build a network of people engaged in the cause.
- Serve as The Borgen Project’s ambassador in your city.
Basic understanding of U.S. Politics and international development.
- Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple functions and tasks while managing their work time efficiently.
- Strong team player that loves to bring new ideas to the table.
- Ability to demonstrate frequent independent judgment with decisiveness.
- Excellent overall communication skills: oral, written, presentation
How to Apply: To apply, send your resume to email@example.com
Collection Management Internship at the John J. Johnson Archives Center
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church
The John J. Johnson Archives Center of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church consists of official documents, papers, photographs, recordings, books and artifacts. The church, founded in 1802, is located at 308 Hanover Street in Fredericksburg’s Historic District. The mission of the Center is to catalog and index this collection. The Center will make these items accessible to church members, scholars, educational institutions and the general public for study and research. The Center’s dedicated, climate controlled work area comprises a work room with a scanner, printers and computer equipment, as well as a storage closet with approximately 30 cardboard boxes of papers, photographs, artifacts, etc.
The intern will begin the process of indexing the collection’s documents and objects using PastPerfect 5.0 software. PastPerfect is a leader in collection and contact management software. Several local museums use PastPerfect, including the Central Rapphannock Heritage Center, the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, and the James Monroe Museum (operated by the University of Mary Washington). Training CDs will be available for learning how to use the software. Opportunities exist for collaboration with other local museums familiar with PastPefect.
Learning Outcomes for the Intern:
- Understand the importance of preserving documents and objects and making them accessible to the public.
- Become familiar with PastPerfect software and learn how to attach images, keep data safe, focus on efficiency, and maintain consistent collections data entry.
- Understand the role of technology and reformatting collections in modern archival management.
The intern should have keyboarding and computer skills, with a demonstrated ability to perform detailed work.
A member of the church’s Heritage Committee will be available to supervise the intern during the fall semester. Internships for 1 credit require 42 hours’ work; 2 credits require 84 hours; 3 credits require 126 hours. Academic credit is available through the History and Historic Preservation departments. Academic credit is not available through the Museum Studies program.
To apply for the internship, send a cover letter and resume to Margaret Mock, Co-Director, John J. Johnson Archives Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for the 2014 fall session is September 12.
Do you want to explore your future in public service? Apply to attend a free 4-day weekend conference just for college students who want to move the world forward! Motivated students from diverse backgrounds will gather at Indiana University, October 23-26, 2014, to learn how they pursue a career, or get a degree, in public service. They’ll hear from renowned thinkers and leaders in public service, participate in cultural and recreational activities on the beautiful Bloomington campus, and meet new friends from across the country.
Application Deadline June 30, 2014.
For more information, see this link.
Summer and Fall 2014 Virtual Internship Opportunities
Envisioning History, an educational non-profit in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has Summer and Fall Semester internship opportunities for undergraduates to process electronic historical data into an advanced geospatial database. The subject of the historical material is World War II; the interns’ work product will help populate a database with thousands of documents, media files, events, people, organizations, tactical and strategic government decisions, etc. The database—which essentially works like Google Earth with a time dimension added—will soon be available for undergraduate and graduate level historical research.
Envisioning History works with universities to allow interns to obtain academic credit for their work, where the university allows this. Usually 50 hours of internship work equals 1 credit hour, or more typically 150 hours of internship work equals 3 credit hours. In order to obtain credit, formal arrangements must be made with the university before the internship begins. Envisioning History has standard formats for making these arrangements – what the prospective intern must do is put us in touch with the appropriate Professor or Department Head.
Nature of the Work:
- Interns will process digitized primary source reports, documents and media from World War II, will plot geo-coordinates of events and will cross-tag the documents with the associated events, ships, military units, people, etc.
- Training in use of the software (currently in wide use by the U.S. and other NATO military and intelligence organizations) will be provided. If you can use Google Earth, you can easily handle this software.
- Work can be done from any location with a reasonably fast internet connection.
- Working with Envisioning History and their sponsoring Professors at the beginning of the Internship, Interns will set weekly progress goals and Envisioning History will send a summary progress report to the sponsor.
- Students may be given a choice of areas of WWII history to work with, such as the Central Pacific Campaign (Tarawa, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, etc.), the US return to the Philippines, The Battle of the Bulge, the Eastern Front, etc. Students who have a particular interest should make that clear when they apply, although we cannot guarantee everyone’s choices. There will be some outside reading required to familiarize you with the assigned subject area.
- Undergraduate history and geography majors will be given preference, although others may apply.
- Interns will be required to provide their own laptop or desktop computer, preferably with a mouse with a scroll wheel. PCs work better than Apple products with this software platform.
- Interns should have strong self discipline skills, as they will work when they choose without direct supervision. Their work will be reviewed before it is published into the database.
- Interns will obtain practical experience in the use of an advanced geospatial database and will be able to retain a database account for their own studies and research during the academic year and beyond.
- Interns will develop a detailed sense of how historical relationships develop and persist between people, places and things.
- Interns will learn details of the military, technological and economic events of World War II
- Opportunities for further graduate-level fellowships may be available, depending on the proficiency the intern develops.
If you are interested in an Internship, please contact Dr. Jeffrey McClurken (email@example.com) for more information. For application, e-mail a brief summary of your qualifications and assessment of your computer skills to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
History and American Studies Symposium
University of Mary Washington – Department of History and American Studies
Friday, April 25, 2014
SESSION ONE. 9 AM. Monroe 210—Histories of World War II
Moderator: Dr. Porter Blakemore
Grace Christenson—In It All the Way: Propaganda of World War II
Jason J. Ellington—Interservice Rivalries and the World War II Unification Battle
Conner Allen—A Fleet for a Fleet: The Struggle for Mediterranean Dominance from Djerba to Lepanto, 1560-1571
SESSION TWO. 9 AM. Monroe 211—Explorations in American Mass Media and Television
Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers
Leah Tams—The Korean War in the 1960s and 1970s: A Cultural Analysis of the First Six Seasons of M*A*S*H
Jason Milton—Black, White, and Read All Over: The Month Following the Wounded Knee Massacre through the Lens of American Newspapers
Daniel Russell—Ho Chi Minh: Through the Lens of TIME
SESSION THREE. 9 AM. Monroe 111—Studies in American Life
Moderator: Dr. Jess Rigelhaupt
Kearsten Lehman—Female Scientists Through the Ages: Focusing Primarily on Dr. Sara Josephine Baker
Amanda Vercruysse—The Good Eats Fandom: An Analysis of Audience Participation in the Digital World
Rebecca Sherman—Dorothy Mae Taylor and Anti-Discrimination in Mardi Gras
SESSION FOUR. 10 AM. Monroe 210—Totalitarian Regimes and Mass Death in Modern Times
Moderator: Dr. Steven E. Harris
Andrew Broedel—The Assyrian Genocide
Ian Millar—Felix Dzerzhinsky: Father of The Soviet Secret Police
Maxwell Reinhardt—The Pink Triangle behind the Iron Curtain: Social Policy and the Treatment of Gay Men and Lesbians in Communist East Germany
SESSION FIVE. 10 AM. Monroe 211—Explorations in American Society and Culture
Moderator: Dr. Al-Tikriti
George Hareras—The Native American Mascot Controversy: A History of Racial Stereotyping
Emily Broton—Black and White Newspapers: Loving or Not Loving?
Frank Zare—Navy SEALs in Hollywood
SESSION SIX. 11 AM. Monroe 210—Women in American History
Moderator: Dr. Susan Fernsebner
Courtney Collier—“The Almost Perfect First Lady”: Jacqueline Kennedy and How She Strategically Promoted the Kennedy Administration and Her Image as a First Lady
John Gordon Crowell-Mackie—Sensationalism and Societal Standards: How Female Serial Killers Were Depicted in Newspapers at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Carly Winfield—The Last of the Ladies: The Ladies Memorial Association of Fredericksburg and the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg
SESSION SEVEN. 11 AM. Monroe 211—Topics in European and American History
Moderator: Dr. Claudine Ferrell
Meaghan Sullivan—Guardians of Culture: The Significance of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Division of the Armed Forces During the Second World War
Rebecca Hoehn—Abominations of Nazi Medicine
Arthur Deegan—Basque Influences: Societal Changes in Eleventh-Century Navarra
SESSION EIGHT. 11 AM. Monroe 111–Topics in American History
Moderator: Dr. Jason Sellers
Katherine Tryon–Patriarchy in Virginia’s Female Education in the Nineteenth Century
Kristina Rader—Blood on the Cobblestones of Kings Street: Media after the Boston Massacre
John Ball—Foundations of the Fifth Amendment: Just Compensation for Expropriated Property in Colonial America
SESSION NINE. 1 PM. Monroe 210—Histories of Slavery, Incarceration, and Civil War
Moderator: Dr. Bruce O’Brien
Stephen Campbell—Colonial South Carolina’s Heart of Darkness: The Indian Slave Trade
Stefanie Lilly—“God Is a Spirit, Ain’t He?” The Intersection of Conjure and Christianity in Antebellum Slave Resistance
Sean Redmiles—“Meade’s Position Proved Embarrassing To Me If Not To Him”: The Relationship between Grant and Meade during the Campaigns of 1864-1865
SESSION TEN. 1 PM. Monroe 211—Examining American Politics and Culture
Moderator: Dr. Allyson Poska
Kasey Moore—Alcatraz: A Defensive Narrative
Candice Roland—Acres Made Sacred”: Ferry Farm, the Cherry Tree, and the Manipulation of Memory
Mary Wendt—Advertising “America” in the 1964 Presidential Campaign
SESSION ELEVEN. 2 PM. Monroe 210—Troubled Times in American History
Moderator: Dr. Will Mackintosh
Chelsea Chin—Two Distinct and Hostile Forces: American Imperialism and the Debate on the Chinese Exclusion Act
Samuel Taylor— “American Progress”: The Frontier, Gender, and the Spanish-American War
Kevin Parker–Roger Sherman’s Religion and its Effect on his Politics
SESSION TWELVE. 2 PM. Monroe 211—Adventures in Digital History
Moderator: Dr. Jeff McClurken
Then and Now: Images from the Past and Present
1960s Scrapbooks from MWC
3D Scanning and the James Monroe Museum
Dr. Allyson Poska, Professor of History and a specialist in the histories of Spain and Latin America, was interviewed recently for an article in USA Today. See “Study: Crew that Sailed with Columbus Suffered Scurvy” for a look at the challenges faced by colonizers in the Caribbean’s Spanish settlements of the 1490s.