Bi-Weekly Update - Jan. 20

Hello CCPHers,

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

In other news:

  • CCPH membership renewals are now due for memberships that expired in December! An official email has been sent to those of you with expired memberships. Members can renew their memberships by using the new PayPal option on the CCPH website. Credit cards and checks are all accepted forms of payment. For more information about renewing your membership, visit our "Join Us" web page 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 web page. 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!

From: The San Francisco History Center of the San Francisco Public Library

From: Sacramento County History Day

From: Western Archives Institute

2017 Western Archives Institute

The 31st annual Western Archives Institute will be held at Santa Clara University from July 9 – 21, 2017. The Western Archives Institute is an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but who have little or no previous archives education; those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials; those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.

The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.

Dennis Meissner has agreed to serve as the 2017 Principal Faculty Member. Mr. Meissner recently retired from his job as Interim Deputy Director for Programs at the Minnesota Historical Society, and is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. He has participated in a number of SAA and international efforts focused on the arrangement, description, and management of archival materials, and presently serves on the board of the SAA Foundation and on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. He has worked closely with the design, delivery, and management of electronic finding aids to archival collections, and has participated in numerous U.S. and international working groups in the development and delivery of collection descriptions and the standards that underlie them, including chairing RLG's EAD Best Practices Working Group and serving on the Encoded Archival Context Working Group.

Meissner has consulted and presented workshops on archival processing and description and has published largely in those areas, but also in the area of business records management. In 2003, he and Mark Greene (American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming) were awarded a yearlong NHPRC Archival Research Fellowship to study archival processing expectations and backlogs in U.S. repositories and to recommend changes to existing practices. That research led to an article in the American Archivist, "More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing," which has since enjoyed a strong uptake within the archival community.

Tuition for the Institute is $725 and includes a selection of archival publications. Other non-negotiable fees including program transportation, facility fees, opening dinner, and luncheon at the closing program will be available in early February. Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost. (To assist in tuition payment, a WAI Scholarship.

The application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017. For additional program information, see or contact:


Western Archives Institute

1020 O Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (916) 653–7715

Fax: (916) 653–7134


The Western Archives Institute is co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists and the California State Archives.

The application package is available on the California State Archives web site at and on the Society of California Archivists web site at

From: American Association for State and Local History

Upcoming Continuing Education

Basics of Archives Feb 13-March 17 Online Course Cost: $85 AASLH Members/ $160 Nonmembers Peb Yog Hmoob Minnesota: Sharing Authority and Building Relationships with Your Communities Feb 14 @ 3pm EST Webinar Cost: $40 AASLH Members/ $65 Nonmembers Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites Feb 21 @ 3pm EST Webinar Cost: $40 AASLH Members/ $65 Nonmembers Project Management for History Professionals Mar 8-9, 2017 Workshop in Dallas, TX Cost: $475 AASLH Members/ $560 Nonmembers

Call for 2017 Leadership in History Awards Now Open Has your organization done something great this year? An exhibit that highlighted untold stories, programming that engaged the community, or a publication that got people talking? Apply for a 2017 AASLH Leadership in History Award! Nominations are due March 1. Register for Museums 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.

Ten Great Digital History Projects from 2016 Rebecca Onion from Slate has published her annual list of innovative and fascinating digital history projects. The 2016 list includes projects that examine topics like slavery at Georgetown University, seventeenth-century African music, and photographs that document the changing landscapes of national parks. See parts one and two of the list here.


California Council for the Promotion of History

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