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Nice assortment. I just completed my MA in military history from Norwich University last year. Im contemplating a Ph.D., but am curious as the commitment versus gain ratio. Im currently a Historian with the US Coast Guard as a sort of collateral duty, in addition to my regular job, in an effort to build up a historians resume.

 

Do any of you work in the field?

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I started the Michigan Military Heritage Museum a couple of years ago and its been a great ride. We are already looking for a new building as we have outgrown ours! Check us out on Facebook. Scott

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I have a Masters in History with a strong focus on Pacific Nautical history. Might think about going for a PhD if it offered me any real benefit aside from the fancy post nominal.

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Bachelors Degree in Business Management with a minor in military history. Currently I serve as the curator of the US Army NCO Museum at Fort Bliss, Texas

 

I wear two hats as the History Specialist and the curator. The current museum professional field in the US Army Museum Enterprise (AME) has numerous openings for curators and other specialties.. There are several jobs right now on USA jobs...

 

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An interesting topic. B)

 

I hold a Masters in History from Baker University with a BA in Political Science and Police Science from NSC.

 

You might be able to get a free cup of coffee with a Poly-Sci degree but the Police Science (now called Criminal Justice) degree served me well as I am a retired Police Master Sergeant. I suppose I use my History degree in my hobby since I am a Fellow in the Company of Military Historians, an author (i.e. "Seitengewehr: History of the German Bayonet 1919-1945") and I am Vice President of my local Kansas City Military Collectors Club. Oh yeah, I also taught in the Baker U graduate school for ten years so the advanced degree helped monetarily. Both degrees helped move me upward on the salary scale now that I think about it.

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BA in History from Virginia Military Institute. Masters of Military Art and Science from Command and General Staff College. Executive MBA from Old Dominion University. The history base set me up well for a military career, informed my business career, and continues to be a basis for personal interests, hobby, research, writing, travel, etc.

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You all have some very impressive experience. I completed my degree with the intent on using it when I retire from the military. I learned that in order to find a historian job within the government, I need to establish connections and build up a resume. Luckily, the Coast Guard's historian's office is very undermanned and overtasked. I was able to network to take on some fairly high profile projects (on top of my regular AD job), which are drawing some "Flag level" attention. I hope that all of this work will amount to a resume that will help me to acquire one of the many GS13/4 Historian jobs I see advertised when the time comes. I just know that I do not want to teach someone else's kids.

 

So far, my experiences include recording oral histories of service members that participated in certain operations, collected archive records for our service's Purple Heart Project, and am looking to head out to an archeological site next spring to locate remains/aircraft lost during WW2 in Greenland. All of this is like having two jobs (long-term interning for one), but hopefully, it will assist me in securing a great gig.

 

I appreciate reading your testimonies. Please keep them coming.

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Bachelors Degree in Business Management with a minor in military history. Currently I serve as the curator of the US Army NCO Museum at Fort Bliss, Texas

 

I wear two hats as the History Specialist and the curator. The current museum professional field in the US Army Museum Enterprise (AME) has numerous openings for curators and other specialties.. There are several jobs right now on USA jobs...

 

Leigh

 

Is curator experience (outside of taking care of our collections) required? What pay level are they?

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I have a BA in International Relations and Foreign Studies. I am not sure if my history courses add up to a minor or not.

 

Much of my academic work was focused on China and the Soviet Union.

 

My Masters is in International Business with a focus on Asia.

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I have a BA in International Relations and Foreign Studies. I am not sure if my history courses add up to a minor or not.

 

Much of my academic work was focused on China and the Soviet Union.

 

My Masters is in International Business with a focus on Asia.

 

There is a lot of history and cultural awareness rolled into those programs, right?

 

 

BA in history and archaeology with an emphasis on Third Rich era political violence.

 

Archaeology and TR political violence is an interesting combination. Are you able to work in this field somehow? Archeology sounds like a lot of fun.

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Dr Strangelove

You all have some very impressive experience. I completed my degree with the intent on using it when I retire from the military. I learned that in order to find a historian job within the government, I need to establish connections and build up a resume. Luckily, the Coast Guard's historian's office is very undermanned and overtasked. I was able to network to take on some fairly high profile projects (on top of my regular AD job), which are drawing some "Flag level" attention. I hope that all of this work will amount to a resume that will help me to acquire one of the many GS13/4 Historian jobs I see advertised when the time comes. I just know that I do not want to teach someone else's kids.

 

So far, my experiences include recording oral histories of service members that participated in certain operations, collected archive records for our service's Purple Heart Project, and am looking to head out to an archeological site next spring to locate remains/aircraft lost during WW2 in Greenland. All of this is like having two jobs (long-term interning for one), but hopefully, it will assist me in securing a great gig.

 

I appreciate reading your testimonies. Please keep them coming.

 

I remember reading about the search for and recovery of a P-38 (I think it was called Glacier Girl or something similar) back in the 90's and was amazed to see how well preserved the plane was. Out of curiosity is that tied into your work with the Coast Guard or is it more of a private endeavor?

Ether way sounds like that would be a great chance to get some hands on archeological experience which is IMO is invaluable if you want to be a professional historian.

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My guess is Paul will be going out to the site of the USCG Grumman Duck crash of 1942. It is well detailed in Mitchell Zuckoffs book "Frozen in Time" and well worth the read. A longstanding tragedy for the Coast Guard. Scott

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I remember reading about the search for and recovery of a P-38 (I think it was called Glacier Girl or something similar) back in the 90's and was amazed to see how well preserved the plane was. Out of curiosity is that tied into your work with the Coast Guard or is it more of a private endeavor?

Ether way sounds like that would be a great chance to get some hands on archeological experience which is IMO is invaluable if you want to be a professional historian.

 

 

It is in the same area. In that glacier are a few fighters, a B17, and the Coast Guard Grumman described below. I am a Coast Guard officer, so it was pretty easy to get in with the Historian Dept. This dept is very overworked and undermanned. I simply asked to assist them with whatever they could pass my way, and they were very happy to oblige. It's been a great partnership. I work as a health services regional practice manager for 26 states, so I do a lot of traveling as a part of my job. Many of their projects fall within this region, including access to the Federal Record Archives in St Louis. I simply merge tasks with my med admin related trips. Those tasks that don't fall within my "day job," they fund completely. It's been a win-win relationship. Over the past 18 months, I've networked with a ton of people in the field and gained experience in a few areas.

 

My guess is Paul will be going out to the site of the USCG Grumman Duck crash of 1942. It is well detailed in Mitchell Zuckoffs book "Frozen in Time" and well worth the read. A longstanding tragedy for the Coast Guard. Scott

 

This is EXACTLY the project we're working on. The CG obtained(or is obtaining) funding from POW/MIA Accounting Agency to locate the aircraft and recover the bodies onboard. Based upon what I've read, the aircraft may be in many pieces due to the movement of the glacier of the past 75 years.

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Dr Strangelove

My guess is Paul will be going out to the site of the USCG Grumman Duck crash of 1942. It is well detailed in Mitchell Zuckoffs book "Frozen in Time" and well worth the read. A longstanding tragedy for the Coast Guard. Scott

 

I just ordered my copy off amazon sounds like a very interesting story.

 

 

It is in the same area. In that glacier are a few fighters, a B17, and the Coast Guard Grumman described below. I am a Coast Guard officer, so it was pretty easy to get in with the Historian Dept. This dept is very overworked and undermanned. I simply asked to assist them with whatever they could pass my way, and they were very happy to oblige. It's been a great partnership. I work as a health services regional practice manager for 26 states, so I do a lot of traveling as a part of my job. Many of their projects fall within this region, including access to the Federal Record Archives in St Louis. I simply merge tasks with my med admin related trips. Those tasks that don't fall within my "day job," they fund completely. It's been a win-win relationship. Over the past 18 months, I've networked with a ton of people in the field and gained experience in a few areas.

 

 

This is EXACTLY the project we're working on. The CG obtained(or is obtaining) funding from POW/MIA Accounting Agency to locate the aircraft and recover the bodies onboard. Based upon what I've read, the aircraft may be in many pieces due to the movement of the glacier of the past 75 years.

 

Sounds like you have your self one heck of a sweet deal going there Paul. Hopefully you end up going on the expedition and of course I hope said expedition is successful in locating the aircraft and it's crew.

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I just ordered my copy off amazon sounds like a very interesting story.

 

 

Sounds like you have your self one heck of a sweet deal going there Paul. Hopefully you end up going on the expedition and of course I hope said expedition is successful in locating the aircraft and it's crew.

 

The book is pretty good. I hope you like it. I will let you know how next spring's anticipated trip goes.

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