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Saints, Sinners, and Digital Classrooms

The Archives at Catholic University creates educational websites targeting history teachers and students by posting not only primary sources, but interpretive information to aid understanding the context of the source as well as the source itself.  There are also, further readings sections, “so what?” points intended to illuminate historical significance and connections to the National History Standards most teachers use to plan their curricula. For more, please see


Hesburgh Research Travel Grant: American Studies-Peace Studies-Catholic Studies-Education-Public Policy

The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism's Theodore M. Hesburgh Research Travel Grant program aims to support scholarly research and writing projects that would benefit from examining material in the large Hesburgh Collection at the Archives of the University of Notre Dame.   Funds are intended to defray travel, lodging, and research expenses associated with visits to the Archives.


Re: QUERY: Remuneration for church-related service 1780-1800

This is a bit earlier and comes from a Presbyterian source, but it might be helpful. In 1770 Archibald Simpson complained (to his diary) that "It is very Seldom, that I ever get anything for marrying, burying, or any other duty, I very seldom get any perquisites as they are called." Simpson served the Indian Land (Stoney Creek Independent) and Saltcatcher (Presbyterian) congregations in the South Carolina lowcountry. He performed extensive pastoral services and was called to baptize, marry, and bury Anglicans, dissenters, and non-adherents alike.

IGHS Conference Call for Papers

The International Graduate Historical Studies Conference will host “Crossing Borders, Challenging Boundaries, ” at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, March 31-April 1, 2017. We invite graduate students from across the social sciences and the humanities to submit proposals for papers or panels that adopt an interdisciplinary or transnational approach but we are also seeking papers or panels that approach historical topics in more traditional ways. All submissions must be based on original research.