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History News Network editor-in-chief Kyla Sommers sat down with Sydney Blumenthal at a launch event celebrating the department’s acquisition of HNN in April 2019.

History News Network editor-in-chief Kyla Sommers sat down with Sydney Blumenthal at a launch event celebrating the department’s acquisition of HNN in April 2019.

The History Department manages the History News Network (HNN), a popular scholarly website. HNN’s mission is to bring historical perspective to current events through publishing original essays by professional historians. The website also aggregates stories published elsewhere that touch on history and its connection to world events.

HNN moved to the History Department in December of 2018. Kyla Sommers (BA ’13, PhD ’19) serves as editor-in-chief. The department has grand plans for HNN, including offering internship opportunities to help undergraduate and graduate students develop digital and public history experience.

To support the department and HNN’s mission, please consider donating. Visit our donation page and enter “History News Network” in the comments box.


Department News

During World War II, Jews in France like Denise Bauman were required to carry identity cards. (Photos Courtesy Ashley Valanzola)

Commemorating History’s Dark Chapter

PhD student Ashley Valanzola is researching the stories of six extraordinary Jewish women—Holocaust survivors who worked to honor the memory of lives lost.

Three students at Mt. Vernon point at paintings on the wall

Student-Led Exhibition, "George Washington and His World," Opens at the GW Museum

Seventeen students in Prof. Denver Brunsman's course, "George Washington and His World," curated an exhibition of the same name about how Alexandria, Mount Vernon, and Washington, D.C., shaped George Washington.
Jamestown colonists trade with Wampanoag Indians at Martha’s Vineyard in this 1597 Theodor de Bry illustration. (Courtesy The Ne

Carving Up the Thanksgiving Story

In his new book, David J. Silverman takes a close look at the traditional Thanksgiving story and the distortion of facts surrounding its legacy for Native Americans.
Picture of Nemata Blyden

African Americans and Africa: A New History

Nemata Blyden discussed her latest book, "African Americans and Africa: A New History," at GW on October 22.
Picture of Robert G. Perry, Albert H. Small, Michael Caplin and President Thomas LeBlanc

GW Welcomes the Albert H. Small Normandy Institute

The Normandy Institute recently became affiliated with GW’s History Department.
Two adults in the foreground talking at a busy event

History News Network Comes to GW

We are excited to announce that the popular website History News Network (HNN) has moved to the History Department.


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