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Date: April 10, 2010
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

Next Generation of Federal Historians Share Experiences and Expectations at the Society for History in the Federal Government Annual Meeting

History Associates historians Halley Fehner and Carlyn Swaim participated in a panel entitled “The Next Generation of Federal Historians” at the annual meeting of the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) on March 25, 2010. Ms. Fehner and Ms. Swaim, who joined History Associates in 2008 and 2007, respectively, joined other young professionals, including Joseph Frechette of the U.S. Army Center of Military History and Ellen Knight of the National Archives and Records Administration, to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing those that are new to the federal history community.

After brief introductions, the panel opened a roundtable discussion with the audience, touching on a wide array of topics such as how on-line databases have changed research methods, preferred work environments and managerial styles, and career expectations. The participants also spoke about the challenges of applying for federal jobs and the impact of the financial crisis of 2007-present, as well as the resulting Great Recession, on job satisfaction and security.

Ms. Fehner and Ms. Swaim described the fast-paced History Associates workday, their varied research experience, and their extensive project travel. “It was a lively discussion,” said Ms. Swaim, “and I think beneficial for both panel members and the audience. We were able to share our thoughts on the field, but also hear the perspective and advice of those who have had long careers in history.” The session was chaired by Michael E. Bigelow, command historian at U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.

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