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Carol Kammen speaks on the subject of history professionals and the advent of their retirement from the field.

She says that many are reluctant to retire at an early age, and even when they do retire, most continue to work in the field in other and perhaps less demanding ways.

Kammen emphasizes that historians who are approaching retiring age should focus on mentoring those who will follow and help shape a lifelong passion for history.

They can accomplish this by being open and encouraging, showing the joys is historical research and inviting others in.

Kammen believes this is the most important thing for the continuance of this history field.