2010 Fall

The NEHA Fall 2010 Conference was held at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine on Saturday, October 16, 2010.

Download the full Conference Program (current as of 9/17/10)

Recommended accommodations or NEHA conference rates: Hampton Inn Saco/Biddeford, Holiday Inn Express Saco Plaza, and the Comfort Suites, Biddeford.


Registration and Coffee, 8:00-8:30

First Session, 8:30-10:00

Later 19th-Century. U.S.
Chair/Commentator: Bruce Cohen,Worcester State University
Harry Turner, Stevenson University, “Immortal Aldrich!”
Rhonda Chadwick, Simmons College, “Anthony Comstock – Defender of Youth.”
Richard Canedo, The Lincoln School, “It’s all in the Timing: Vaudeville and the Transformation of American Popular Music, 1880-1910.”

Cold War History
Chair/Commentator: Paul Burlin, University of New England
Matthew J. Clarcq, Niagara Community College, “Searching for Balance: Cultural Protection, Military Necessity and the Cold War.”
Michael Holm, Boston University, “Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.: A Journey from Neutrality to Cold War.”
Robert Niebuhr, Wentworth Institute of Technology, “Power of Reform: Foreign Policy in the Balkans.”

African-American History
Chair/Commentator: Eileen Eagan, University of Southern Maine
Katrina Anderson, University of Delaware, “19th-Century Free African-American Women in New England.”
Martin Whittemore, Memorial University of Newfoundland, “Supported by the Sea: Antebellum Portland’s ‘Households of Colour.’”
Margaret Sumner, Ohio State University, “From Maine to Monrovia: John Russwurm’s Atlantic Vision, 1830s-1850s.”

Women in New England
Chair: Laura Prieto, Simmons College
Commentator: Tona Hangen, Worcester State University
Kristin Murphy, Columbia University, “Stubborn Children, Lewd Women, and Manslaughterers: A Profile of Inmates at the Massachusetts Reformatory Prison for Women, 1877-1933.”
Jessica Hynes, Quinnipiac University, “Separate Spheres and the 1870s Tax Resistance of Julia and Abby Smith.”
Jascin Finger, Nantucket Maria Mitchell House, “The Daring Daughters of Nantucket Island: How Island Women from the Seventeenth through the Nineteenth Centuries Lived a Life Contrary to Other American Women.”

Medieval Europe
Chair/Commentator: Kathleen Ashley, University of Southern Maine
Anure Guruge, Independent Scholar, “How Papal Conclaves Came to Be.”
Thomas Jackson, Rivier College, “The Concept of a Crusade.”
Julianne Cooper, Southern New Hampshire University, “Vampires and Saints: Corpses that Don’t Rot.”

Modern Britain
Chair/Commentator: Mary Conley, College of the Holy Cross
Eddie Guimont, University of Connecticut, “Two-Nation Toryism: The Conservative Use of Minorities in the Thatcher Era.”
Eric Zuelow, University of New England, “’Back to the Local:’ The Evolution of Pub Nostalgia since 1880.”
Jonathan Shipe, Lynchburg College, “Class, Love, and Consequences: Intersections of Class and Gender in British Divorce Proceedings, 1848-1858.”

Chair/Commentator: TBA
Lei Duan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Gentry and Educational Reform in Local Society: The Case of Wuxi in late Qing Dynasty.”
Josh Sooter, Northeastern University, “‘Gone Mosleming:’ Perception, Exchange, and Confrontation between Missionaries and Chinese Muslims, 1910-50.”
Sean Lent, University of Southern Maine, “Futile Democracy: Fukuzawa Yukichi and the Movement for Westernization in 19th Century Japan.”

Confronting Modern Times in Vermont, 1900-1940
Chair/Commentator: Dona Brown, University of Vermont
Stephen Hausmann, University of Vermont, “Inside the Vermont Commission on Country Life.”
Philip Moore, University of Vermont “Burlington’s Leaders Confront the Slums.”
Brittany Neiles, University of Vermont, “Inside the Vermont Federal Writers’ Project?”

Book Exhibit 10:00-10:30

Second Session, 10:30-12:00

Massachusetts in the Colonial Period and the Early Republic
Chair/Commentator: Warren Riess, University of Maine
Robert Smith, Worcester State University, “Foreign Affairs and the Ratification of the Constitution in Massachusetts.”
Linda K. Palmer, Independent Scholar, “Dissent Among the Puritans: William Vassall: Harbinger of Religious Liberty.”
Jared Hardesty, Boston College, “An Ambiguous Institution: Slavery, Law, and the State in Colonial Massachusetts.”

19th-c. Women in the U.S.
Chair/Commentator: Melanie Gustafson, University of Vermont
Mary-Lou Breitborde, Salem State College: “Discourse and Women’s Public Culture in the Port Royal Experiment: Interpreting the Life and Work of Laura Towne.”
Lisa Stepanski, Emmanuel College, “Mary Baker Eddy and Technology.”
Jan Scholl, The Pennsylvania State University, “A Great Woman of the Twentieth Century: Martha Van Rensselaer.”

U.S. Labor
Chair/Commentator: James P. Hanlan, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Kit Smemo, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “The Repression of the Minneapolis Teamsters and Labor’s Civil War, 1941-1942.”
Bruce Cohen, Worcester State University, “The Worcester Machinists’ Strike of 1915.”
Abraham Miller, Simmons College, “The Public Identity of the Lowell Mill Girl: Contested Identity in the Lowell Offering and the Voice of Industry.”

U.S. Foreign Policy at the Turn of the Century
Chair: Jennifer Tebbe-Grossmann, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Healh Sciences
Commentator: David Hecht, Bowdoin College
Jeff Roquen, LeHigh University, “A Lost Peace: Revisiting the Trans-Atlantic Mediation Efforts of Early WWI, June – December 1914.”
Darwin H. Stapleton, Rockefeller University, “Two Philanthropies, Their Plans, Panama! The Opening of the Panama Canal, Fears of Epidemics on the Pacific Rim of Asia, and the Rockefeller Response, 1913-1930.”
Liza T. Powers, CyFair Community College, “The Role of Webb Cook Hayes in America’s Imperialist Movement.”

Maine History
Chair/Commentator: Libby Bischof, University of Southern Maine
Thomas McCord, University of Maine, “Sherman’s March through Urban Renewal: A Planner’s Challenge of Federal Rules for Small-Town Revival in Maine, 1966-1971.”
Kay Retzlaff, University of Maine, “With no better comforts for a night’s rest than a cold, damp wharf:’ The Potato Famine Irish in Belfast, Maine.”
Michelle Steen-Adams and Mark Adams, University of New England, “Federal visions and programs for management of Maine coastal resources: An examination of the Works Progress Administration and the National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration.”

A Provincial Nation: Late Early Modern Bavaria
Chair/Commentator: Martin Menke, Rivier College
James Bidwell, Anna Maria College, “‘Revolution from Above:’ Enlightened Bureaucrats and Bavarian Public Schools: The Wismayr Plan of 1804?”
Joanne Schneider, Rhode Island College, “Big Brother 1790s Style: The Freising Spiritual Council’s Deliberations.”

The Superficial and the Substantive: Modern Trans-Atlantic Difference and Influences
Chair/Commentator, Susan Vorderer, Merrimack College
Michael McGuire, Boston University/Emmanuel College, “Making Major Differences Minor: American NGOS, French Refugees, and Reconstructing the Ravages of War, 1917-1920.”
Javier Marion, Emmanuel College, “The Cadiz Cortes: Trans-Atlantic Effects.”
Melanie Murphy, Emmanuel College, “The Stone Raft: Jose Saramago’s Reconfiguration of Iberian Identity.”

Imagining Women as Spies and Soldiers
Chair: Kristen Petersen, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Commentator: TBA
Elizabeth DeWolfe, University of New England, “‘So Darned Clever in My Work:’ Agnes Parker, Girl Spy.”
Cheryl C. Boots, Boston University, “Angels, Home-wreckers, Harlots, and Lesbians: Portrayals of Military Women in Hollywood Films from 1932 to 1999.”
Jean Dunlavy, Boston University, “Still Trespassing on Womanhood: Women’s Published Accounts of War and the Military in the 1980s and 1990s.”

Lunch, 12:00-1:15

Plenary Session, 1:30-3:00

“Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age”

Facilitator: John McClymer, Assumption College
Kate Freedman, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Teaching & Learning in the Digital University.”
Stephanie Roper, Rivier College, “Teaching U.S. History Online.”

Executive Committee Meeting to follow at 3:15