Registration Now Open for Three NEH-Funded Institutes in California hosted by Regional Sites of the California History-Social Science Project
Movement, Mobilization, and Militarization: World War II and the Bay Area Home Front
June 27-July 1
(The UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, the UC Berkeley Dept. of History, Oral History Center, & the Bancroft Library, along with the National Park Service). Study the impact of World War II on economy, demography, culture, and social relations of the San Francisco Bay Area, in particular, as a means for understanding the broader effects of the World War II and the Home Front throughout the United States through physical landmarks, oral histories, film, fiction, academic texts and scholar lectures.
The Transcontinental Railroad: Transforming California and the Nation
(The History Project at UC Davis, the UC Davis Dept. of History, & the California Statement Railroad Museum). Explore the Transcontinental Railroad from its conceptual origins, through feats of labor and engineering, and onto its national impact. See how the Transcontinental Railroad inaugurated a national transportation and communications network and transformed the lives of everyone it touched -- for better or for worse. The rail line made possible the mass settlement of the West while destroying the homes of Plains Indians and bison. It created class and cultural conflict throughout California as financiers and developers harvested capital and labor for its construction.
Cold War Home Front in Southern California
June 26-July 1
(CSU Long Beach History Project, CSULB History Department, the California Science Center, JPL, Long Beach Airport, & the Wende Museum). Explore the development of the "Sunbelt"-aerospace-driven economic growth, rapid demographic and suburban expansion, white cultural dominance in the midst of ethnic diversity, and expanding public higher education-as a story of Southern California and of the nation as a whole. Read and discuss important historical texts with leading historians, visits Cold War Sunbelt sites and regional museums, and explore an outstanding collection of digital primary source materials.
Selected applicants will receive $1200 stipend which can be used to cover travel and lodging expenses.