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For high school students and teachers interested in historic preservation, the National Park Service has published a new book detailing educational opportunities in this field.

The Directory of Cultural Resource Education Programs lists information about educational and training programs in most states that range from a few months to several years. Course offerings include archaeology, cultural anthropology, and ethnohistory.

A joint project of the National Park Service and the National Council for Preservation Education, the 97-page paperback is available for $6.50.

Ordering information is available by phone at (202) 512-1800. Callers should refer to the Government Printing Office stock number: 024-005-01146-3.

In September, the International Reading Association's Journal of Reading will change its name.

The publication will become the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

The I.R.A.'s publications committee proposed the name change to avoid confusion about the journal's primary audience and contents.

The new name, officials say, will more accurately reflect the breadth of the reading field, which involves all aspects of teaching literacy.

The journal will continue to offer professional information, research findings, teaching practices, and book reviews.

Further information is available from the I.R.A. at (302) 731-1600.

A group of Baltimore high school students has published an ingenious book about history that never happened.

What If? Exploring the Paths Not Taken in American History features 54 student essays based on questions like: What if Congress had not learned that President Richard M. Nixon had bugged the Oval Office? And, what if Hitler had succeeded in his childhood quest to become a famous architect?

The project grew out of a writing assignment for the Advanced Placement U.S.-history class at the McDonogh School, a private K-12 institution near Baltimore.

The $20 volume can be ordered by writing: What If?, McDonogh School, P.O. Box 380, Owings Mills, Md. 21117.

A Virginia-based publisher will put into digital form more than 30,000 poems by American authors from the 17th through the 20th centuries.

Chadwyck-Healy Inc. recently announced that The American Poetry Full-Text Database will be available in April 1996 on cd-rom and magnetic tape. It will include the work of familiar poets and of less well-known writers whose works are not as readily available.

Further information is available at (703) 683-4890.

--Megan Drennan

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