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Author: Dennis A. Trinkle
Title: From the Desk of the Executive Director
Publication info: Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
November 1998

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Source: From the Desk of the Executive Director
Dennis A. Trinkle

vol. 1, no. 2, November 1998
Article Type: Notice of Conference and Events

From the Desk of the Executive Director

Dennis A. Trinkle

The past six months have been an exciting and busy period for the American Association for History and Computing, and there are many positive developments to report. Since the annual meeting in May, nearly two hundred individuals have expressed interest in joining the association. New inquiries arrive almost daily.

Plans for the next annual meeting in 1999 are also taking shape. G. Mick Smith of Allegheny University is this year's program chair, and Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will serve as the official host. Early indications are that this year's program will be exciting and full. The call for papers went out at the beginning of the semester, and a steady stream of engaging and provocative proposals has been arriving. [Those interested in submitting a paper or panel proposal should see the call for papers on the AAHC web site:]

Following long discussions after the annual meeting of the International Association for History and Computing at Toledo Spain, the Executive Board also has voted enthusiastically to pursue formal association with the IAHC. The issue will be formally voted at the annual meeting in Philadelphia, but productive and cordial collaboration is already well underway. The several papers from the Toledo conference posted in this number of the JAHC reflects this growing, vigorous, and stimulating collaboration, and the Executive Board of the AAHC looks forward to many other shared initiatives.

Closer to home, the Executive Board is working on outreach programs with K-16 history instructors. One need only read a newspaper these days to realize that technology is rapidly being integrated into education at all levels, and it is equally, and disturbingly, clear that this marriage is not always occurring after full and reflective consideration and planning. As an association dedicated to exploring the potential and the problems in wedding technology to historical endeavors, the AAHC intends to taking a lead in assuring that educators are active and vocal in this process. At present, the Board is working to arrange a summer workshop series that will discuss these questions and will provide educators the training and background needed to address these questions wisely and to implement technology sensibly. More details will be available on the association's web site in the coming weeks.

To help further encourage national discussion of a high order, the AAHC will also begin awarding a prize for the best book and best article related to the association's mission. The first awards will be presented at the 1999 meeting in Philadelphia.

Unfortunately, all of these initiatives require money. With interest in the association growing daily, the Board hopes that those interested in the association's activities will become dues paying members and will seek additional support for the AAHC through their institutions. The association's treasurer Ken Dvorak will be glad to provide additional information about individual or joint support of the AAHC. He can be contacted at:

It is an exciting time for historians and for the AAHC. It is also a crucial transition period for history and education; there are difficulty questions and issues that need to be addressed. The AAHC intends to help actively direct this conversation about the proper and productive place of technology in teaching, presenting, researching, and studying history. We hope that you will help in these efforts, and we encourage you to participate in the AAHC.

Sincerely, Dr. Dennis A. Trinkle
Executive Director, AAHC
DePauw University