Bi-Weekly Update - Nov. 18

Hello CCPHers,

Here are some interesting history events happening soon in California as well as articles pertaining to history.

In other news:

  • Continue to visit the CCPH website for updates to the Home, CCPH Events and Awards webpages. CCPH membership renewals will be due soon for memberships expiring this December. The CCPH website will soon feature a PayPal option for those who wish to pay for their renewals via the CCPH website.

  • CCPH would very much appreciate the participation of CCPH members and conference attendees in a five minute survey to let us know your thoughts regarding the value of our organization as well as your opinions concerning the most recent conference. For those who were unable to attend the conference, please feel free to skip those specific questions in the latter half of the survey. The CCPH Board thanks you again for your input and consideration. Please complete the survey here.

  • CCPH invites any announcements or articles relating to history from our members and mailing list to include in our updates. CCPH is also accepting submissions for our California History Action webpage. Any Public History articles, book reviews, events and/or projects are welcomed as submissions to help us promote history. Email any of your submissions to

Thank you for your continuous support and interest in CCPH.

From: Contra Costa County Historical Society

Annual Membership Meeting & Holiday Luncheon

“Mount Diablo”

Saturday, December 3, 2016

11:00am to 2:00pm

Diablo Country Club

Guest speakers David Mackesey and Seth Adams talk about the first families that were inspired by, and resided near, our County’s beautiful mountain. The creation of the State Park, the Diablo communities role in it, and today’s efforts of preservation will conclude the program.

--Welcome Reception and Silent Auction

--CCCHS Annual Review --Lunch and Beverages served

--Speaker David Mackesey

--Speaker Seth Adams --Silent Auction close out

Please join us on December 3rd to celebrate the mountain we love. All proceeds will be used to continue the preservation work of the Contra Costa County Historical Society archives and its history therein.

$35.00 per person

RSVP’s are requested by November 23rd.

Find more information about the event and the RSVP form here.

From: American Association for State and Local History

Upcoming Continuing Education

Accessibility and Inclusivity at Museums and Historic Sites Nov 29, 3pm EST Webinar Cost: $40 AASLH Members/ $65 Nonmembers Leadership and Administration in History Organizations Jan 9-Mar 6, 2017 Online Course Cost: $199 AASLH Members/ $300 Nonmembers Project Management for History Professionals Mar 8-9, 2017 Workshop in Dallas, TX Cost: $475 AASLH Members/ $560 Nonmembers

Call for Blogs

AASLH is accepting submissions of short articles to be posted on our official blog, Broadside. Specifically, we are seeking articles on issues and challenges facing history organizations and their staffs. Blog posts should be clear, concise, and offer obvious takeaways or suggestions. Carefully read the guidelines below, then submit your blog post here:

Register for Museum Advocacy Day

Members of the AASLH Council, AASLH President John Dichtl, and Chief of Operations Bethany Hawkins invite you to join them at 2017 Museums Advocacy Day, February 27-28, in Washington, D.C. This is a great way to support history organizations and their visitors and to press the issues impacting museums. It’s also an exciting form of professional development for you. Registration is free to AASLH members using this code: MAD2017_AASLH. American Alliance of Museums staff and others will provide policy briefings and schedule meetings for you on Capitol Hill. Whether you can go or not, check out the many advocacy tools and resources that AAM has developed here.

History Relevance, the Latest

On October 17 nearly 50 representatives of national associations, federal agencies, and history organizations met at the National Archives for the second History Relevance Campaign summit. “We knew the meeting was off to a great start when Archivist of the United States David Ferriero welcomed us by saying he is a huge fan of the History Relevance Campaign!” noted AASLH President John Dichtl. The focus of the day was the “Common Metrics – Assessing Our Work with the Values of History” project, which will ultimately provide history organizations with tools to more effectively demonstrate to stakeholders and funders their impact on both individuals and their communities. Read more here.

Museum and Library Services Act of 2016

AASLH worked with the American Alliance of Museums and other groups to propose legislation that will reauthorize the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the next five years. Senators Reed (D-RI), Collins (R-ME), Cochran (R-MI), and Gillibrand (D-NY) have introduced this bill as S. 3391, which will bolster IMLS’s research and data collection, maintain an emphasis on state and regional collaboration, expand interagency partnerships, and highlight the importance of access to high-quality museum services for every American. The bill includes a strong 21st Century Museum Professional Program, which seeks to improve the preparation and training of museum professionals, especially those from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

From: California Historical Society

Vintage Exhibition Opening

Saturday, December 10, 2016 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM California Historical Society, San Francisco Learn More Join us for this free exhibition opening event with arts activities and interactives, and special crafts for kids and, families, guided tours of the exhibition, and a celebratory toast at 4:00 PM. Please let us know if you're planning to attend by RSVPing online.

Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 6:00 PM California Historical Society, San Francisco Attend Lynn Downey, the first in-house historian hired by Levi Strauss & Co, will present a lecture and slide show on the life of one of San Francisco’s most famous citizens: Levi Strauss. Strauss' early years in Bavaria and New York leads off the lecture, which traces his life, career, and contributions to San Francisco history, culture, and politics and reveals how he and a Reno, Nevada tailor invented the first blue jeans.

Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism

Thursday, January 31, 2017, 6:00 PM California Historical Society, San Francisco Attend In a major reassessment of modern conservatism, noted historian Kathryn S. Olmsted reexamines the explosive labor disputes in the agricultural fields of Depression-era California, the cauldron that inspired a generation of artists and writers and that triggered the intervention of FDR's New Deal. Right Out of California tells how this brief moment of upheaval terrified business leaders into rethinking their relationship to American politics—a narrative that pits a ruthless generation of growers against a passionate cast of reformers, writers, and revolutionaries.

Buying a Bride: The Complicated History of Mail-Order Brides and Grooms in California History

Thursday, February 8, 2017, 6:00 PM California Historical Society, San Francisco Learn More Marcia Zug’s Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches is the first book-length treatment of the history of mail-order marriage, and it makes a powerful case for the reexamination of a practice that remains poorly understood. Mail-order brides have been part of American life since the founding of the first English colony in Jamestown, Virginia. Nevertheless, how they have been perceived has changed drastically over time. There were “Tobacco Wives,” in colonial Virginia, mail-order brides during the California gold rush, Japanese picture brides during the early twentieth century, and even same-sex mail-order grooms today.

From: California Humanities

From the President’s Desk: Practicing Humanities Activism

During challenging times the humanities have been, and will continue to be, a connector of people and communities.

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On the Road with California Humanities Comes to an End

Our On the Road with California Humanities Pulitzer Prize series ends with an engaging panel discussion on arts and humanities as well as powerful youth performances.

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What the Humanities Mean to a Journalist — and the Future of Journalism

Author Richard Louv writes about traditional journalism’s relationship between humanities and democracy.

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