I was pleased to learn that the Society of Civil War Historians is going to expand the scope of their activities in the near future. The SCWH is a small group of historians who meet once a year for a special session at the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association. Other than the meeting there is a newsletter that is released quarterly which reports on upcoming meetings and other related items. The plan is to expand operations to include a biennial conference held in late May or early June. While Florida Atlantic University will continue to serve as the organizational home of the SCWH, Penn State’s Richards Civil War Era Center will co-sponsor. Membership dues will be increased but members will receive the journal Civil War History.
I am sure that most people associated with the organization were pleased to receive this news along with a copy of the constitution for their approval. This is a much needed development which should work to bring even more attention to those currently engaged in the serious study of the Civil War era.