Historians look to revive study of the Midwest
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A group of historians is warning of the loss of Middle America's contemporary history and calling for a revival of academic study of the Midwest.
The group is launching a new academic journal of Midwest history next month and a new Midwest history association in the fall -- the first in decades with that sole focus.
Jon Lauck is the chairman of the Midwest History Working Group and author of "The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History."
He says that with no Midwest-focused academic association or journal, there is "a huge disincentive to write any kind of formal academic research about the Midwest, because there's no place to send it."