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Society for History in the Federal Government

Annual Meeting, March 23-25, 2018

Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education,
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Program & Schedule

Friday, March 23

Federal Jobs Workshop-Byrd Center, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Graduate Student & First Time Attendee Networking Hour-Byrd Center (4:00-5:00 p.m.)

Awards Ceremony-Byrd Center (5:00-6:00 p.m.)

Opening Reception-Bavarian Inn (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, March 24

Registration-Byrd Center, main lobby (8 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Coffee & light refreshments (8:00-8:45 a.m.)

Book Auction, main lobby (8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
Donations Accepted

Morning Sessions (9:00-10:30 a.m.)

Panel I: Memory and Complicated Historical Truth

Chair, Mattea Sanders, Historian, National Park Service

Breanne Robertson, Marine Corps History Division, "Unraveling the Flag Raising: Iwo Jima and the Struggle for Historical Truth"

John M. Lawlor, Jr., Reading Area Community College, "'Spinning Custer": a newspaper editor's assessment of Little Bighorn"

Wyatt Evans, Drew University, “The Isabella Brinsmade Affair and the Federalization of Domestic Security in the Civil War”

Panel II: "Moving at a Stately Pace- Congress in Transition"
Room 165

Chair, Eric Boyle, Department of Energy

Felicia Wivchar, Curator, U.S. House of Representatives. ““Only the Exceptional": The Fitful Start of Portraiture in the House of Representatives”

Daniel S. Holt, Assistant Historian, Senate Historical Office,"Revisiting the Gilded Age Senate"

Christine Blackerby, Curator, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, “Congress and the Separation of Powers”

Panel III: Federal Oral History Programs, A Roundtable Discussion
Room 164

Chair, Kristina Giannotta, Naval History and Heritage Command

Jessie Kratz, Historian, National Archives
Karl K. Warner, Program and Education Coordinator, U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
Justin Voithofer, West Virginia University

Morning Sessions (10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

Panel IV: Instruments of Policy
Room 165

Chair, Julie Prieto, Historian, United States Army Center for Military History

Connor Strangler, Indiana University-Bloomington, "The Revolution Will Be Initialized"

Joshua Pollarine, Historical Research Associates, Inc., "The FED in the ROK: the Army Corps of Engineers and the Construction of Defense on the Korean Peninsula"

Panel V: The Visual Representation of Federal History

Chair, Thomas Faith, Historian, U.S. Department of State

​Tracy L. Baetz, Chief Curator, U.S. Department of the Interior Museum, “'People, Land & Water': A New Visitor Experience at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum"

Eric Stoykovich, Special Collections, University of Maryland, "Making Accessible State and Domestic Gifts to United States Presidents and Vice Presidents, 1933 to 2000"

Alec Bennett, Historian, American Battle Monuments Commission, "Crosses, Row on Row: Headstones in America’s Overseas Military Cemeteries"

Panel VI: Uncovering and Recovering Archives
Room 164

Chair, Zack Wilske, Historian, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Cheryl Fox, LC Archives Specialist, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, "Restitution and Documentation: Library of Congress' European Mission, 1945-1952"

Alex J. Daverede III, National Declassification Center, "As Prepared As They Could Be: The Contents of the Registered Publications Safe Salvaged From the USS Peary (DD-226)"

Jody Brumage, Archivist, “The Byrd Center Archives,” Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education

Lunch Break (12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.)

Lunch Roundtable: Federal History Online, “History at the Federal Government”: Workshop on new SHFG website initiatives (12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.)

Multi-purpose room

Moderator: Michael Reis, Senior Vice President, History Associates; Member SHFG Outreach Committee
Judson MacLaury, Historian, U.S. Department of Labor, (ret.); Chair SHFG Outreach Committee
Elizabeth Charles, Historian, U.S. Department of State; Member SHFG Outreach Committee
Daniel Holt, Assistant Historian, U.S. Senate Historical Office

Registration for the
Federal History Jobs Workshop 

Friday, March 23 1 - 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 25

Tour of Antietam National Battlefield
9:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center

5831 Dunker Church Rd, Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Antietam Website

Sunday, March 25

Tour the Byrd Center Archive! 
10 am, Meet at Byrd Center 

Get a peak behind the curtains with a special tour of the Byrd Center reading room and archives.  The Byrd Center holds the personal and political papers of three former members of Congress from West Virginia, Senator Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving senator in U.S. history, Congressman Harley O. Staggers, Sr., former chairman of the House Commerce Committee, and representative Harley O. Staggers, Jr. SHFG members will have the opportunity to learn about how these important collections are preserved and examine a variety of rare documents, photographs, and objects, including materials that highlight Senator Byrd’s central role in leading the Senate’s ratification of the 1977-1978 Panama Canal Treaties.

Afternoon Sessions (2-3:30 p.m)

Panel VII: Washington, Adams, Jefferson and the First Two-Party System: Forming a New Government
Room 165

Chair, Mandy Chalou, Historian, U.S. Department of State

Dinah Mayo-Bobee, East Tennessee State University, "The Case for Federalist Obstruction and Sectionalism after 1800"

Billy L. Wayson, Independent Scholar, “Where’s the Beef?: The Price of Jefferson’s Republican Civic Virtue”

Joanne Grasso, Adjunct Associate Professor, "George Washington and New York City: The New Federal Government"

Panel VIII: Making History Relevant for NSA

Chair, Sarah Parsons, Historian, NSA Center for Cryptologic History

John A. Tokar, Chief, NSA Center for Cryptologic History, “What CCH Can Do for You: Make History Relevant!”

William J. Williams, Standby Active Reservist, NSA Center for Cryptologic History, “What is History: The Puzzle Exercise”

Jessica Garrett-Harsch, Oral Historian, NSA Center for Cryptologic History, “Audio History at NSA”

Panel IX: Making (Elusive) History in Periods of Transition
Multi-purpose room

Chair, Glen Asner, Deputy Chief Historian for the Office of the Secretary of Defense

Joshua Botts, Office of the Historian, Department of State
Joel Christenson, Office of the Secretary of Defense Historical Office
Richard Hulver, Naval History and Heritage Command
Suzanne Scott, Naval History and Heritage Command

Panel X: To Lead or to Follow: National Parks and Social Change
Room 164

Chair, Allison Finkelstein, Historian, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Jarrad Fouss, West Virginia University
Maureen Lavelle, West Virginia University
Rebekah Oakes, West Virginia University

Business Meeting (3:45-4:30 p.m.)
Room 164


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