Why You Need to Build an E-mail List and How to Build One

Your E-mail ListWhy do historians need to build an e-mail list as part of their platform?

How do you build an e-mail list?

In this post you will discover the answers to these questions.

The first part of the post will reveal why you should build an e-mail list. The second part will discuss how you can build your list.


Why an E-mail List?

An e-mail list offers you a powerful tool when you need to promote your latest book, exhibit, article, or special event because it allows you to contact people who are interested in your work.

The people on your e-mail list gave you their e-mail address because they want you to contact them any time you have something new and exciting to share. This is called permission-based marketing.


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Wednesday Link Roundup #89: How We Remember History

Washington Link RoundupWednesday Link Roundup: Links to the most interesting history, news, and writing posts that passed through my RSS and Twitter feeds over the last week.



The Marquis de Lafayette and the Hermonie have set sail again!” Well a reproduction of the original ship has set sail. The ship brought the Marquis de Lafayette to the United States in 1780.

Smithsonian Magazine explores “The Underappreciated and Forgotten Sites of the Civil War.”

Jon Lee Anderson investigates “ISIS and the Destruction of History.”

In “Why Shoes?” Kimberly Alexander reveals why she and her fellow co-curator chose to exhibit shoes as a symbol of 18th-century consumption patterns.

Christopher A. Lawrence discusses “How Military Historians Are Using Quantitative Analysis, And [How] You Can Too.”


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Boston Historical Events for the Week of March 23, 2015

Boston Historical Events: A list of history-related events taking place in Boston between Monday March 23 and Sunday March 29, 2015.

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Amazon ImageWednesday, March 25, 6-7:30pm, Author talk, Copley Square, Free

In 1915, Boston editor William Monroe Trotter attempted to censor D.W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation, and in the process incited public outrage. Dick Lehr will discuss his new book, The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War, which investigates how the fight over censorship and Griffith’s film pitted black against white, Hollywood against Boston, and free speech against civil rights.


Gradient--Boston2015History Camp

Saturday, March 28, 9am-5pm, Harriet Tubman HouseRegistration Required

History Camp is an “unconference.” Campers volunteer to present on their area of historical expertise or interest and all vote on the presentations they would like to hear the morning of the conference. Presentations will be short (25-30 minutes) and lively. The number of sessions during a given time slot will depend on interest and space.


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Wanted: 21st-Century History Job

help wantedWhat kind of job are you looking for?

Every so often I receive an e-mail, tweet, or in-person question about whether I am seeking a history job and if so, what type of job I would like.

I sincerely appreciate your concern for my well being and your support of my work.

Usually, I am unable to provide a straight answer because the type history job I would like to have does not exist, yet.

In this post, you will discover the type of work I would like to pursue for a history organization or academic department and the type of historical work that I think is necessary as we move further into the 21st century.


Job Description Must Haves

My ideal job would allow me to pursue the mix of academic and public history work I am presently doing.


Historical Research and Writing

I LOVE conducting archival research. I believe that the best way to understand the past is to use the historical record.

Like many historians, I am driven by questions and the hunt for information. Each trip into the archive is a quest to reveal something new or overlooked about the past.

I also love to write. I enjoy the challenge of sifting through the evidence, contextualizing it, and shaping what I have found into a coherent article, book chapter, or blog post. It’s through writing that I find my most exciting ideas. Writing also provides a great opportunity to convey the past to the present.


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History Camp, Boston 2015


The second annual History Camp, Boston will take place on Saturday March 28, 2015 at the Harriet Tubman House in Boston, MA.

History Camp is an “unconference.”

Campers vote on the presentations they would like to hear the morning of the conference. Presentations will be short (15-20 minutes) and lively. The number of sessions during a given time slot will depend on interest and space.

History Camp is the brainchild of Lee Wright the founder of The History List.


Topics and Presenters

Over 20 historians, archivists, and other history buffs have signed on to present.

Topics range from the historical to the practical. From the Salem Witch Trials to World War II and from how to use digital history tools to how to best convey history to kids and history lovers.

Presenters include: Erik R. BauerEmerson “Tad” Baker, Marilynne K. RoachJ.L. Bell, and many other fantastic scholars and history buffs.

I have signed-up to give 2 presentations: “Soldiers in Our Homes: The French and Indian War & Quartering in Albany, New York, 1756-1763” and “Sharing Your Passion for History: Blogs, Podcasts, Books, and More.”

Registration is still open.

I hope to see you there.


Are You Coming?

Leave a comment, send an e-mail, or tweet me if you plan to attend. I love to meet my readers.


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