Exciting News! SHNM and NASOH to partner for conference in beautiful Monterey!

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine to partner with the North American Society for Oceanic History for conference in Monterey, May 13-16, 2015.

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine is pleased to announce a call for papers to its 7th meeting. Our meeting will take place in partnership with the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH). The meeting will be held in beautiful Monterey, California from May 13-16 2015 and in conjunction with the Naval Postgraduate School there.

NASOH’s conference theme is: “Pacific—the Peaceful Ocean,” but we welcome papers on any theme tied to Navy medicine and hope to continue our emphasis on the centennial commemoration of World War

You are welcome to submit complete panels or single-authored papers. Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words explaining the topic as well as a two-page vita of the presenter. Proposals are due March 11, 2015. A limited number of travel grants are available for graduate students. A SHNM Conference Committee will review proposals and make selections.

Please submit proposals to: acroswhi@odu.edu and put “SHNM Conference Paper” in the subject line.

For more details see the NASOH website:

http://www.nasoh.org/conference.html – http://www.nasoh.org/conference.html

Dear Society Members,

Thank you for your interest in the Society for the History of  Navy Medicine.  We have decided to cancel our attendance at the American Association for the History of Medicine Conference in April at Yale.  We hope to soon pick a new venue for our annual meeting that will make it easier for more of our members to attend.  I hope to announce a new venue within a week or so followed by a new “Call for Papers.”

Thank you for staying committed to the Society for the History of Navy Medicine.

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D.

Executive Director

End of year giving

Dear Members of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine,

I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration and a great beginning to 2015. I’m also hoping that 2015 is a wonderful year for all of us and our Society will grow and prosper.

If you have the time and inclination, please consider making a year end, tax deductible contribution to the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. All monies go to the Society and our graduate student travel and research grants. Any support you can offer is greatly appreciated.

Just go to the Society main page: http://historyofnavymedicine.org and click on Contribute—from there find Donate.

With sincere thanks,

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine

Professor of History

Old Dominion University

Send us your proposals—-Come to Yale for Navy Medical History!

Dear Society Members,

Don’t forget that we are collecting papers now in order to launch a panel at the American Association for the History of Medicine conference.  The deadline is approaching.  Please consider coming to Yale in April. 

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine is pleased to announce a call for papers to its 7th meeting.

Our meeting will take place in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Association for the History of Medicine to be held in New Haven, Connecticut from April 30-May 2, 2015. Our session will be held on April 30th.

We welcome submissions on any aspect of the history of navy medicine. In recognition of the centennial commemoration of World War I, we particularly welcome papers focused on navy medicine and World War I.

You are welcome to submit complete panels or single-authored papers. Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words explaining the topic as well as a two-page vita of the presenter. Proposals are due December 31, 2014. A limited number of travel grants are available for graduate students. A SHNM Conference Committee will review proposals and make selections.

Please submit proposals to: acroswhi@odu.edu and put “SHNM Conference Paper” in the subject line.

Happy Holidays

Towards the end of this year I’ve been trying to educate myself a bit about Navy Nurses. I read a wonderful book by Emily Mayhew called “Wounded” that talks about Army nurses during World War I. In fact, World War I opened up so many opportunities for women. In 1917 when the US entered World War I there were only 160 Navy Nurses, and by 1918 there were 1550. Many of these women were loaned to the Army because of a shortage of nurses on the Western Front, and so many Navy nurses served in France in particular. I am a French historian, so that interests me in particular. I have included a picture here taken on the USS Pocahontas en route to France in 1918 featuring 4 Navy nurses.

The holidays are here and I’m sure we are all very busy with family plans and activities. I wanted to take a moment out of my schedule to wish all members of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine a wonderful holiday season. As I think more and more about the centennial commemoration of World War I, I often think of the Christmas Eve Truce which occurred 100 Years ago tomorrow night. It is commonly told that on that evening British and German troops put down their arms and began singing carols, eventually visiting each other and playing soccer. A similar truce was held on the Eastern Front.

Our Society is made up of people of all backgrounds. I wish everyone Happy Holidays and hope you have a wonderful Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or whatever celebration you enjoy this time of year.

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D. Executive Director

Photo from the Naval History and Heritage Commmand, NHH 82963

Navy Nurses go to France

SHNM Call for Conference Paper Proposals

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine is pleased to announce a call for papers to its 7th meeting.

Our meeting will take place in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Association for the History of Medicine to be held in New Haven, Connecticut from April 30-May 2, 2015.  Our session will be held on April 30th.

We welcome submissions on any aspect of the history of navy medicine.  In recognition of the centennial commemoration of World War I, we particularly welcome papers focused on navy medicine and World War I.

You are welcome to submit complete panels or single-authored papers.  Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words explaining the topic as well as a two-page vita of the presenter.  Proposals are due December 31, 2014.  A limited number of travel grants are available for graduate students.  A SHNM Conference Committee will review proposals and make selections.

Please submit proposals to: acroswhi@odu.edu and put “SHNM Conference Paper” in the subject line.

7th meeting of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine

Pay attention to this website: News is coming about our upcoming meeting in which we will promote research in the history of navy medicine.  Stay tuned!!

Society Founding Member Honored

We’ve learned that the Naval Historical Foundation has named Society member Professor Harold D Langley one of its 2014 Commodore Dudley W Knox Naval History Lifetime Achievement Awards. We are very proud and happy for Harry on his receiving this prestigious and very well deserved recognition.

Professor Langley was a prime moving force behind the founding of this Society; and from its inception, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine.

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Professor Finley-Croswhite Takes the Helm

Today, 6 September, Professor Annette Finley-Croswhite, officially assumes directorship of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. Dr. Finley-Croswhite is Professor of History at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she has held many positions since 1991 including Chair of History and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. She thus brings deep experience in directing operations of academic institutions. The Mission of the Society, with its worldwide membership of 170 academics, practitioners and supporters, is to promote research, scholarship and publication in the history of maritime and naval medicine.
Professor Finley-Croswhite says that she is looking forward to energizing and expanding the Society’s programs. These include:
• Sponsoring papers panels at academic meetings
• The Society’s Graduate / Professional Student Travel Grant program, which pays a stipend for students whose papers are accepted for presentation at Society panels
• The Society’s Graduate / Professional Student Research Grant program, which pays up to $1,500 to support original historical research in the area of maritime / navy medicine
• The Society’s ebook subvention program

Professor Finley-Croswhite also plans to institute a new program, the Society for the History of Navy Medicine Book Prize, a biennial award to the author of a notable book on the history of navy / maritime medicine.

The Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, receives tax deductible gifts and Society dues-donations for the benefit of the Society’s programs.

Our new Executive Director says:

I take over today as your Executive Director of the Society

Professor Annette Finley-Croswhite

Professor Annette Finley-Croswhite

for the History of Navy Medicine. I’m pleased to be able to serve in this office and want to grow the Society over the next few years. Tom Snyder has already mentioned some of the programs I hope to re-energize or develop.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I grew up mostly in Virginia (outside Washington, D.C.) and earned a BA from the University of Richmond and a PhD from Emory University. I have been at Old Dominion University in the port-town of Norfolk, Virginia since 1991 where I am a full Professor of History. My specialization as an historian is in the area of religious violence, particularly in France in the sixteenth century. For the past several years I’ve been working on Holocaust history and have been fortunate to work quite a bit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. But how does that connect me to Navy Medicine? One of my teaching fields is the History of Medicine and some years ago as Chair of my Department of History, I led the faculty to develop a maritime focus for the Department and we hired our first maritime historian. From there I became interested in sailors’ health in the early modern context, and this led me to Tom Snyder. I was one of the very early members of the Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine and have held the post of Vice-President of the Foundation since 2008.
I look forward to an exciting year. We need to soon identify a conference in which we can participate and present papers. As a scholar I am most interested in advancing our research focus.
It is an honor to be named your Executive Director. What makes this society significant is its interdisciplinarity. We are an integrative organization linking scholars and researchers in the field of history with medical professionals in the U.S. Navy, uniting historians focused on STEM research with doctors and nurses interested in the humanities. I look forward to working with you.
Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D.

Society Announces a New Executive Director

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine is pleased to announce that Professor Annette Finley-Croswhite will be our new Executive Director.

Professor Finley-Croswhite provided this short bio:

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D. Annette Finley is an award-winning Professor of History at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she

Annette Finley-Croswhite, PhD

Annette Finley-Croswhite, PhD

has also served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (2001-06) and Chair of History (2006-10). A few of her awards at ODU include the Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1994, the Most Inspiration Faculty Award, 2012, the Burgess Award for Research and Creativity, 2012, and the Broderick Award for Educational Accessibility, 2014. Dr. Finley’s scholarly work is focused on the history of religious violence.  Her first book, Henry IV and the Towns: The Pursuit of Legitimacy in French Urban Society, 1589-1610 (Cambridge University Press, 1999, 2006) explored the French Wars of Religion and is considered as essential text for any scholar working in the field.  She next published with Gayle K. Brunelle, Murder in the Métro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Cagoule in 1930s France (Louisiana State University Press, 2010, 2012) focused on right-wing terrorism in the 1930s.  The work received rave reviews, especially for its well-crafted prose and was voted by History Today one of the top 15 history books published in 2010.  Dr. Finley’s current research is tied to the French Holocaust/Shoah. She has received two grants (2011, 2012) from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies to develop coursework and research on the Holocaust, and she has developed study abroad courses to Auschwitz-Birkenau.  She is also working on a book entitled Betrayal: Bombing Synagogues on the Streets of Paris, Igniting the French Holocaust.  Dr. Finley also maintains a strong interest in maritime history.  As Chair of the Department of History at ODU she created a “maritime focus” for her department and hired the department’s first maritime historian.  In 2011, she organized and hosted the annual conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History.  She maintains keen interest in French sailors in the Atlantic world, especially French medical experiments conducted in the 17th century in the Caribbean to improve the lot of men aboard ship.  She has been involved with the Foundation and Society for the History of Navy Medicine almost since its beginning and welcomes the opportunity to serve as Executive Director.

She will officially take up the post at the beginning of the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Founding Executive Director Tom Snyder will assist in the transition of leadership from the recently resigned Jim Dolbow.