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Published for the National Council on Public History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, TPH is the voice of the public history profession. The Public Historian provides the results of research and case studies, and addresses the broad substantive and theoretical issues in the field...Cover of Public History News March 2010Public History News
Public History News is the quarterly newsletter for members of the NCPH. It offers updates on NCPH activities, news on developments in the field, and timely information on upcoming conferences, fellowships, meetings, and position vacancies. (A complete set of all the back issues is online.)
NCPH’s public history blog. 

This guide is a free, international resource for prospective students, public history faculty, and anyone interested in the shape of public history education today. It offers basic information, in a standardized format, about the growing number of public history programs for graduate and undergraduate students. It is meant to be a starting point for comparing programs.

What People Are Saying About The Public Historian
“The standard in the field.  There’s nothing else like it.”

“Keeps me up to date with developments in the field and provides case studies for teaching and public history practice.”

“Intelligent and thoughtful coverage of a wide range of work done by public historians in both the academy and in non-academic settings.”

Other NCPH Publications and Reports
The Public History Navigator  is a “consumer’s guide to public history programs” designed to help history undergraduates prepare for, select, and succeed in a graduate public history program. The Navigator also includes links to other online resources that will help undergrads navigate the waters of grad school.

Careers for Students of History
is a must read for any student interested in working as a historian. Sponsored by the American Historical Association and NCPH and authored by faculty and students in the Public History Program at the University of South Carolina, the 2002 edition discusses numerous career possibilities. It includes interviews with prominent historians, ranging from those in academic and publishing areas, to public and consulting.

Best Practices
The NCPH Curriculum and Training Committee is developing
“best practices” documents for several key aspects of public history curriculum and program development. Recognizing that each graduate or undergraduate program has its own goals, resources, and needs, we hope these documents will highlight some of the core elements to which every program should aspire:

Graduate Programs
Undergraduate Programs
Public History Internships
Graduate Certificates related to Public History


Tenure, Promotion, and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian (Report)
Tenure, Promotion, and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian (White Paper)


Other resources for students, such as a list of experienced faculty willing to review college/university public history programs, syllabi, and articles used in teaching public history can be found by visiting the NCPH “Graduate and Undergraduate” education page.

Bylaws and Ethics

The NCPH Code of Bylaws are the rules governing our membership organization and for the regulation of its affairs.

The The NCPH Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct was adopted in 2007 to replace a version from 1986, this code sets forth guidelines of professional conduct expected of all members of the NCPH.

Ethics and Public History: An Anthology is a collection of essays addressing ethical issues in the practice of history.


More Resources

Membership flyer and application form.

The NCPH list of Consultants, documents for public history educators, and other NCPH resources for the study and practice of public history are available at the Resources page.

Jobs – NCPH regularly updates a list of open positions in the field of public history.

H-Public – An electronic mailing list of international scope to which subscribers and a list editor can post announcements or pose questions and offer comments for discussion. H-Public is a good way to stay current with happenings in public history. It also is a convenient way to draw on the experience and wisdom of others interested in the field.

Survey of Public History Professionals

In 2008, the NCPH participated in a Survey of Public History Professionals (SPHP)*, prepared by staff at NCPH and AHA. These organizations sought to learn more about the demographics, training, employment conditions, and expectations of public history practitioners. Each participating association helped to distribute the survey across the public history community and will share the aggregated, anonymous data that is collected. The first report, written by John Dichtl [NCPH] and Robert B. Townsend [AHA] appeared as an article in the September 2009 edition of Public History News and in the September 2009 issue of Perspectives on History.

*Sponsoring Organizations of the Survey of Public History Professionals (SPHP)
American Association for State and Local History
American Association of Museums
American Historical Association
Association of Personal Historians
Australian Historical Association
Canadian Historical Association
National Council on Public History
Oral History Association
Organization of American Historians
Society for History in the Federal Government

Learn More – See below for links to other organizations, institutions, and web sites that illuminate critical aspects of public history.

Definitions and Resources for the Field of Public History History Associations with a Special Interest in Public History Associations for Other Applied Disciplines
Beyond Academe
Public History Review, a journal from the
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
American Association for State and Local HistorySociety for History in the Federal GovernmentNational Association for InterpretationAmerican Historical AssociationOrganization of American HistoriansNational Coalition of Independent Scholars

California Council for the Promotion of History

Association for Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Society of American Archivists

American Association of Museums

Association for Documentary Editing

Online Reference Guide to African American History

Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past

Archaeology for the Public-
Society for American Archaeology

Association for Applied and
Clinical Sociology