4/18/2017 Prepping for summer term class, HIS 3375, Historical Methods. Awaiting upcoming Alabama Historical Association and Alabama Association of Historians meetings this weekend, where I’ll present a paper at AHA and become interim president of AAH. Also preparing for presentation at Society of Florida Archivists in St. Pete, May 9-10. Will present “Alabama in WW1,” at the Opelika Library on May 9 and “The Art of War: WW1 in Postcards, Photographs, and Posters” on May 21 at the Autauga County Genealogical Society.
1/31/2017 Received notification that I’ve been promoted to Full Professor as of August 1. Hot dog! Editing an interview with Stephen McNair of McNair Historic Preservation, Inc. conducted last week and that will become an Alabama Historical Association podcast as well as an oral text for my HIS 4425, Principles of Public History students this term.
1/28/2017 Correcting galley proofs and indexing my forthcoming book, Getting Out of the Mud: The Alabama Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898-1928 from the University of Alabama Press, summer 2017. Deadline is 2/21/17. I think I’ll make it early.
1/23/2017 Physical project: direct preparation of video conferencing room in Library, which entails disposing of the last 3 card catalog file cabinets we owned, having the room painted and carpets cleaned, and having the new video conference table constructed. Also, I established a Reference Desk in the front of our Reference Room and have convinced the staff to sit at that desk. At lest they tell me I’ve convinced them.
1/12/2017 We returned to school on January 3, at which time I became the Interim Director of the Troy Dothan Library and launched my online class, HIS 4425, Principles of Public History. I’m completing the final report for an NEH Common Heritage grant and preparing another NEH grant to hold workshops in gathering, securing, and maintaining personal and small institutional archives in the rural Wiregrass. This will be a joint project, I hope, with Dana Chandler at Tuskegee University.
12/20/2016 Figuring out how to edit this WordPress site in preparation for my forthcoming book Getting Out of the Mud: Alabama’s Good Roads Movement and Highway Administration, 1898-1928 (University of Alabama Press, 2017). Also prepping a lecture on the ethics of Public History for my Term 3 class, HIS 4425, Principles of Public History, and editing the Historic Chattahoochee Commission website.