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History | Student Historical Society

The Student Historical Society of AU (SHS) is an officially recognized student organization dedicated to promoting the study of history. We are devoted to education and advocacy, particularly in regards to student involvement with historic preservation and public history. Founded in Fall 2011, the organization has over 25 active members.


ELIGIBILITY

All students of American University are eligible to become members of the SHS. You do not have to be a history major to join. All you need is an interest in history.


MAJOR ACTIVITIES

The SHS has many functions. For example, we act as a free-lance volunteer group for DC area historic sites and organizations. The SHS also holds discussion sessions and workshops, sponsors speakers on campus, organizes trips to historic sites, and advocates for historic preservation. In addition, the SHS sponsors social activities at AU, such as movie nights and historic trivia contests. Some past events include collaborations with the American Society of Civil Engineers-National Capital Section and the National Archives and Records Administration.

 

HOW TO JOIN

To join, attend a general meeting of the SHS, typically held the second Tuesday of each month during the Fall and Spring semesters. Membership is free. To find out more, see our contact information below.

 

QUESTIONS

For more information about the Student Historical Society of American University, send an email to historysociety@american.edu or check us out on Facebook.

PAST EVENTS – FALL 2012

DC Scavenger Hunt - Teams led by SHS officers were each given a list of historic sites and scenes around the National Mall. Team members had to take pictures in front of each site, and whichever team took the most pictures of the sites listed won the scavenger hunt.

NEH Celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation - SHS was invited to attend the NEH’s celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Museum of American History on Constitution Day. The nationally-streamed event proved to be packed with great insight from the five historians who discussed the effects of the document. A few SHS members got to meet notable Civil War historians Eric Foner and Edward Ayers.  

History Trivia Night - Over 50 contestants on 10 teams competed for prizes and bragging rights.