Reimagining the history of the (Inter)National Park Service

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National Park Service logo. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

On May 13, 1918, less than two years after the National Park Service (NPS) was established, U.S. Interior Secretary Franklin K. Lane wrote to first National Park Service (NPS) director Stephen T. Mather regarding ways in which the new federal agency could interpret and expand its mission. Read More

Around the Field November 15, 2017

From around the field this week: New York is holding public hearings about the city’s monuments and markers, and New Yorkers are invited to sign up to testify; Early Americanist group blog The Junto is seeking new contributors; more information on the upcoming cycle for the NEH’s Public Humanities Projects grant is now available online, with a deadline of January 10; the Midwestern History Association is inviting nominations for its Alice Smith Prize in Public History; Proposals for the National Association of African American Studies conference are due November 30; AASLH’s “Basics of Archives” online course starts today. Read More

Around the Field November 1, 2017

From around the field this week: “Recasting the Confederacy: Monuments and Civil War Memory” panel discussion November 6 in Connecticut; podcast production company Wondery is looking for contributors to a new podcast series on American history; the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for two programs in the month of November; upcoming workshop on diversity and inclusion next week in Texas. Read More

Rust, recreation, and reflection

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Editor’s note: We publish TPH editor James F. Brooks’s introduction to the November 2017 issue of The Public Historian. The entire issue is available online to National Council on Public History members.

I recently spent several weeks exploring the remnants of coal towns in southern Colorado, as well as associated public history interpretive sites like the United Mine Workers’ (UMW) memorial at the site of the Ludlow Massacre, the Walsenberg Coal Mining Museum, the Cokedale Mining Museum, and the Steelworks Center of the West in Pueblo. Read More

Around the Field October 25, 2017

From around the field this week: Susan Ferentinos delivers a talk on “Presenting the Queer Past” at Rutgers University – Newark tomorrow; applications for the Library of Congress’s Librarians-in-Residence fellowship program open on November 1; proposal deadlines approach for conferences in New York, Delaware, and Massachusetts; AASLH and the OHA are offering webinars next week; a round-up of Rowman and Littlefield’s October publications; and more. Read More

“A Shared Inquiry into Shared Inquiry” in the public history classroom

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Display from St. Louis in the Gilded Age Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, curated by Katherine T. Corbett, St. Louis, Missouri, 1994. Courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis.

Display from “St. Louis in the Gilded Age” exhibit, Missouri History Museum, curated by Katherine T. Corbett, St. Louis, Missouri, 1994. Photo credit: Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis.

When Tammy Gaskell posted to the [email protected] blog asking public history educators to recommend articles from The Public Historian that work well in the classroom, I immediately replied with several options. Read More

International Family History Workshop, Part I

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Alison Light speaks with attendees of the International Family History Workshop. Photo credit: Tanya Evans

The study and practice of family history is fraught with methodological, historiographical, practical, ethical, and cultural concerns for scholars and practitioners alike.[1] In trying to design an event that might respond to and interrogate these concerns, we asked: What new knowledge might be created if we bring scholars together to discuss the phenomenal growth of family history in different nations? Read More

Campus Carry and the public history of the gun debate

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Green indicates states with mandatory campus carry laws; yellow indicates states with institutional laws; and red indicates states where guns are never allowed on campuses. Image credit: Theshibboleth and terrorist96 via Wikimedia Commons

In July of this year, Georgia became the tenth state to prohibit public colleges and universities from banning concealed weapons on campus for permit holders. Read More