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New officers for the year 2010–11 include:

Pete Daniel (Smithsonian, ret.), President
Matt Wasniewski (Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives), Vice President
Michael Bigelow (U.S. Army), council member
Jason Gart (History Associates Inc.), council member
Leo Slater (Naval Research Laboratory), council member
Richa Wilson (U.S. Forest Service), council member
David Turk (U.S. Marshals Service), treasurer
Sejal Patel (National Institutes of Health), membership chair


Suzanne White Junod is the new chair of the Awards Committee. She is a past president of the SHFG and historian at the Food and Drug Administration. E-mail Suzanne.junod@fha.hhs.gov


The Long-range Planning Committee continues to meet and will offer proposals to the Executive Council for new initiatives for growth, membership expansion, activities, and programs. Members include John Roberts, Billy Wayson, Bill Williams, Marc Rothenberg, and Benjamin Guterman.


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Matthew Wasniewski was appointed the new Historian of the House of Representatives on October 20, 2010. The House Historian Search Committee appointed by Speaker Pelosi with consultation of Republican Leader John Boehner announced the decision. Dr. Wasniewski had served as the historian and deputy chief in the House Clerk’s Office of History and Preservation, and succeeds Dr. Robert Remini, who retired earlier in the year. The bipartisan selection process was used rather than the permissible appointment by the Speaker. Dr. Wasniewski brings to the job an extensive knowledge of congressional history, and experience with archival issues and publications.  He is the editor-in-chief of Women in Congress, 1917–2006 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 2007), Black Americans in Congress, 1870–2007 (GPO, 2008), and Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822–2011 (GPO, forthcoming 2012). In 2004, he helped create the House’s first oral history program, which focuses on collecting the institutional memory of House officers, longtime staff, and support personnel.  He has been an SHFG member since 2003, serving on several awards committees and, from 2008 to 2010, as a member of the Society’s executive council. He is currently Vice President of SHFG, and will assume the office of President in June 2011. He also serves on the Organization of American Historians’ committee on public history.


The recent National Archives National Declassification Center (NDC) report for January 1–June 30, 2010 declares that nearly 8 million pages of material were processed and made available to the public. However, a backlog of over 400 million pages of materials awaiting declassification remains. See http://www.archives.gov/declassification for more information.


The U.S. Senate Historical Office has released the latest volume of Executive Sessions of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Historical Series), more than 1,000 pages of previously classified testimony and transcripts from closed hearings in 1968. The complete volume is available online at the committee’s web site, www.foreign.senate.gov/, or from the Government Printing Office at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-in/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_senate_committee_prints&docid=f:34737.pdf.


The Census Bureau recently posted the history of the 2000 census on its web site. The history covers various topics regarding the census, including the political and technological context in which the survey was conducted, the planning and execution of the census, and legal challenges to the results. The two-volume work can be downloaded from the pages of the Census web site: www.census.gov/history/www/through_the_decades/overview/2000.html.


The Government Printing Office (GPO) announced that its centennial history, 100 GPO Years, 1861–1961: A History of United States Public Printing, will be reissued in 2010 to kick off its 150th-anniversary celebrations. The book is available online at www.gpo.gov/pdfs/about/GPO_100Years.pdf. Also, in March 2011, GPO will issue a new illustrated official history covering the agency’s 150 years of Keeping America Informed.


History Associates Inc. worked on the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, scheduled to be completed in 2012. HAI gathered and cataloged hundreds of soldiers’ accounts describing the voices, experiences, and memories of disabled veterans across time. In addition, History Associates researched the accounts for historical context and confirmed accuracy. The memorial is scheduled to be dedicated on a two-acre site adjacent to the National Mall in 2012. Visit www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ygs/G12272SEGD_Nextbook/#/42 to read the full article.

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