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Canadian Historical Association

The Canadian Historical Association (CHA; French Société historique du Canada, SHC) is a Canadian organization founded in 1922 for the purposes of promoting historical research and scholarship. It publishes the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, The CHA Bulletin and a well-respected series of booklets featuring concise treatments of particular aspects of Canadian history.

Canadian Historical Association
AbbreviationCHA
Formation1922
TypeOrganizations based in Canada
Legal statusActive
Purposeadvocate and public voice, educator and network promoting historical research and scholarship.
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Region served
Canada
Official language
English, French
President
Adele Perry, University of Manitoba
AffiliationsCFHSS
Websitehttp://www.cha-shc.ca/ www.cha-shc.ca/

Other activities include lobbying government agencies, libraries, and archives on matters related to document preservation and availability. The current president of the Canadian Historical Association is Adele Perry of the University of Manitoba.

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HistoryEdit

The Canadian Historical Association was founded in 1922 by Lawrence Burpee.

In 1922, Burpee presented a new constitution for the Historic Landmarks Association, it was adopted and the organization changed its name and objectives.[1] Burpee's model for the Canadian Historical Association was based on the American Historical Association.

The first Canadian Historical Association Executive and Council included George Wrong, Chester Martin, Arthur Doughty, Pierre-Georges Roy and James Kenny, Lawrence Burpee, William Douw Lighthall and Frederic William Howay.[2] Marius Barbeau, the anthropologist, was its founding Secretary.

Lighthall nominated Burpee for the presidency of the Canadian Historical Association. Burpee was president from 1923 to 1925 and continued his involvement as chairman of the management committee until 1934.[3]

Over the course of the 1920s, the Canadian Historical Association saw its annual meeting become a scholarly conference. It also became a social event for historians to reconnect with each other. In 1926, Frank Underhill wrote a letter to Charles Cochrane, the Secretary-Treasurer at the time, encouraging the Canadian Historical Association to model its annual meeting after the American Historical Association. Underhill later suggested that the annual meeting be organized around a particular theme. Cochrane agreed to both suggestions.[4] In 1927, the annual meeting was held at the University of Toronto. The format in 1927 became the basic format of the annual meeting. In 1928, the annual meeting was held in Winnipeg.[5]

In 1929, the Honourable Rodolphe Lemieux became president, he was succeeded by the Right Honourable Robert Borden.[6] In 1931, Frederic William Howay became president and he was succeeded by Dr. John Clarence Webster in 1932.[7]

In 1933, the Canadian Historical Association held its annual meeting in conjunction with the Canadian Political Science Association. They met separately, but gathered for a joint session and some social events.[8]

In 1935, Norman Fee was the English Secretary-Treasurer.[9] Based on the success of their joint meeting in 1933, the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian Political Science Association established a joint membership in 1936 for four dollars.[10]

In 1937, the Canadian Historical Association was invited by the CBC to prepare a series of radio broadcasts on forgotten Canadians. The Canadian Historical Association created a Radio Committee with Toronto's George Glazebrook as chair. Over twelve months the committee paired specific historians with specific topics in a series of twenty-seven broadcasts.[11]

In late 1939, the Royal Society of Canada approached the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian Political Science Association with an offer to become subgroups of the Royal Society of Canada.[12] Donald Creighton and Reginald Trotter meet with representatives of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Political Science Association to say that the Canadian Historical Association would not accept this offer.[13]

ActivitiesEdit

The Canadian Historical Association created a microsite What Can you Do With a History Degree? [1]. This site profiles individuals who have put their history degrees to work. This site is fully bilingual.

An affiliated committee of the Canadian Historical Association, the Canadian Committee on Labour History, publishes the journal Labour/Le Travail. It holds an annual conference together with other scholarly groups as part of the Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (the "Learneds").

Other affiliated committees include:

  • Aboriginal History Group [2]
  • Active History Group [3]
  • Canadian Business History Association [4]
  • Canadian Committee for Digital History [5]
  • Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality [6]
  • Canadian Committee on Labour History [7]
  • Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity and Transnationalism [8]
  • Canadian Committee on Military History
  • Canadian Committee on Women's History [9]
  • Canadian Network for Economic History [10]
  • Canadian Network on Humanitarian History [11]
  • Canadian Oral History Association
  • Committee on the Second World War
  • Canadian Urban History Caucus
  • Environmental History Group
  • Graduate Students' Committee [12]
  • History of Children and Youth Group [13]
  • International Committee of Historical Sciences [14]
  • Media And Communication History Committee [15]
  • Political History Group [16]
  • Public History Group [17]

PrizesEdit

As part of its mandate to promote and recognize excellence in historical research, the Canadian Historical Association:

  • The François-Xavier Garneau Medal, awarded every five years honours an outstanding Canadian contribution to historical research. Past recipients include: Louise Dechêne [fr] (1980), Michael Bliss (1985), John M. Beattie (1990), Joy Parr (1995), Gérard Bouchard (2000), Timothy Brook (2005), John C. Weaver (2010), Bettina Bradbury (2015)[14]
  • The Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, an annual prize for non-fiction work of Canadian history judged to have made the most significant contribution to an understanding of the Canadian past. Since 2011, this prize has been awarded as the Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Research at the annual Governor General's History Awards Ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario.[15] On May 29, 2018, the association members voted 121-11 to rebrand the award as the CHA Prize for Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History.[16]
  • The Wallace K. Ferguson Prize, an annual prize for an outstanding scholarly book in a field of history other than Canadian history
  • Clio Prizes, given for meritorious publications or for exceptional contributions by individuals or organizations to regional history
  • The Albert B. Corey Prize, an award once every two years jointly with the American Historical Association, for best book dealing with the history of Canadian-American relations or the history of both countries
  • The John Bullen Prize, awarded for the outstanding historical dissertation written for a doctoral degree at a Canadian university
  • The CHA Journal Prize, awarded every year for the best essay published each year in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association
  • CCWH Book Prize in Women's and Gender History, is awarded every two years to the best book published in the field in the previous two years, in either English or French
  • The Hilda Neatby Prize, recognizes each year the best articles in French and English on women's history
  • Other prizes include: The Canadian Aboriginal History Book Prize, Political History Prize - Best Book, Political History Prize - Best Article, Public History Prize, The Eugene Forsey Prize, The Neil Sutherland Article Prize and Best article on the History of Sexuality.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 5. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 5. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 6,7. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  4. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 8. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  5. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 8. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  6. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 8. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  7. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 9. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  8. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 14. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  9. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 11. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  10. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 14. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  11. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 12. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  12. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 13. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  13. ^ Wright, Donald (2003). "The Canadian Historical Association: A History". The Canadian Historical Association. Historical Booklet No. 62: 13,14. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  14. ^ CHA website: The François-Xavier Garneau Medal
  15. ^ ""About the Awards"". CanadasHistory.ca. Canada's History Society. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Historical association rebrands award named for John A. Macdonald". The National Post. May 30, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.

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