President Charles W. Calhoun called the Council of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era to order at 5:00 p.m., on April 3, 1992. The Council met in Parlor F, 6th Floor, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago.
The minutes of the meeting of December 12, 1991, and the Treasurer's Report, both submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Roger D. Bridges were approved and accepted.
The nominating committee (consisting of Les Fishel, jr., Priscilla Clement, and Ruth Crocker) presented the following names for acceptance by the Council and submission to the members for voting:
Vice President: Kathryn Kish Sklar, State University of New York at Binghamton
Otey M. Scruggs, Syracuse University
Marjorie S. Wheeler, University of Southern Mississippi
Thomas Rosenbaum, Rockefeller Archives
Stacey Rozek will continue as Graduate Student representative to the end of her three- year term.
There was a brief discussion of the need for more news for the newsletter. The Council urged that the newsletter include research notes, news of accessions from historical societies and other entities that receive original research material relevant to the period, etc.
Roger Daniels submitted a report concerning new guidelines for AHA affiliated societies. The Council agreed that the new guidelines were eminently fair.
Bridges reported that the Hayes Historical Journal editors were considering a name change (recommended by the Board of Editors). The Hayes Presidential Center Board of Trustees will be asked to consider the name change at an future meeting. He reported, also, that the Journalwill be considering adding book reviews to the current review essay.
President Calhoun announced that Robert Cherny has put together a panel for the next AHA session on the Depression of the 1890s. The panel will focus on recent scholarship and continuing questions. The Council recommended that the Presidential Address luncheon be continued. It was announced that Priscilla Clement has had a program accepted at the Southern Historical Association meeting entitled: "Benevolence in the Nineteenth Century South." The SHGAPE will co-sponsor. Roger Daniels is putting together a proposal for an AHA session on Frederick Jackson Turner.
President Calhoun announced that the membership committee will consist of Greg Gordon, Zion, Ill.; Peter H.Argersinger, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Udo Sautter, University of Windsor; R. Hal Williams, Southern Methodist University; and Thomas C. Mackey, University of Louisville.
Calhoun announced, also, that Lewis Gould, University of Texas at Austin, will chair the Prize Committee, and that Raymond H. Mohl, Florida Atlantic University, and Ruth C. Crocker, Auburn University, will serve on the committee.
President Calhoun adjourned the Council meeting at 6:00 p.m. to attend the SHGAPE reception. The next meeting of the Council will held during the 1992 AHA meeting.
Roger D. Bridges
Patrick D. Reagan
Tennessee Technological University
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