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Public Commissions for the 250th: What You Need to Know

· April 11th, 2022 · No Comments

In 2026 the United States will mark the 250th anniversary of American independence—the Semiquincentennial. It would be the understatement of two-and-a-half centuries to suggest that it will likely be a busy year for the history profession across the nation and even internationally. Of course, history professionals are not the only people interested in how to… Read More »

Call: Reflecting on 75 Years of OI Books

· May 22nd, 2018 · 1 Comment

NOTE: We’re extending the call to June 22! Please see below for the link to apply. Over the past seventy-five years, the Omohundro Institute has published dozens of books that run the gamut of early American history and help trace the development of the field from a relatively narrow focus on the English colonies to… Read More »

Teaching with Ben Franklin’s World

· August 15th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Among many other things, the advent of history podcasts has opened new possibilities for engagement both inside and outside of the classroom at all levels. The first Doing History series, which outlines the process that historians use to develop and create historical research projects, was designed in part for exactly that purpose. Over the past… Read More »

2017 Conference Applications Due Soon

· September 6th, 2016 · No Comments

The fall semester is just underway on campuses across the United States, but it’s already time to think about next summer’s conference season. In just one week (on September 15), we will reach the application deadline for the 23rd Annual Institute Conference, scheduled for June 15-18, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The program committee, chaired… Read More »

Florida at the Margins

· October 13th, 2015 · No Comments

This week marks the end of our series highlighting the roundtables from the joint meeting of the Institute and the Society of Early Americanists. Thanks to all the participants for your contributions. Today’s post comes from Thomas Hallock, Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg. Peninsular Florida, jutting from mainland North… Read More »

Environment and Agency in Early America

· October 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Our series on the roundtables from this summer’s annual conference continues with a post from John Easterbrook. He recently received his PhD from the Department of English at New York University, where he completed his dissertation, “The Political Ecology of Early Anglo-American Writing, 1609-1847.” Our roundtable on “Environment and Agency in Early America” originated with… Read More »