Around the field Sept. 27, 2016

newspaper-in-fieldFrom around the field this week: The art of the repeat photograph; public humanities and disability rights; bringing affect into critical studies of heritage; new approaches to histories of slavery and race in the Atlantic world; recent books on Holocaust remembrance and historiography
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Around the field Sept. 20, 2016

newspaper-in-fieldFrom around the field this week: Conferences on history education, Southern U.S. labor history, collecting and displaying New World objects; workshops and webinars on interpreting difficult histories, historic district preservation, museum origins; new museum journal at University of Illinois Read More

Recognition of the Jewish past in Western Ukraine: Changing for the better

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Barn built on stones scavenged from a Jewish cemetery in Ukraine. Photo credit: Jonathan Schaffer

Barn built on stones scavenged from a Jewish cemetery in Ukraine. Photo credit: Jonathan Schaffer

I recently returned from a visit to the former Jewish shtetls of my ancestors now located in present-day Ukraine. This was my second trip in less than a decade, but it felt very different from my initial experience in 2010. Read More

Around the field Sept. 13, 2016

newspaper-in-fieldFrom around the field this week: Nature, race, and diversity in US National Park Service; storytelling in archives and museums; the color of money in the Cotton Kingdom; approaches to perpetrator studies in the Netherlands; new journal issues and book on postindustrial casino capitalism Read More

Mass collaboration and historical synthesis in “The American Yawp”

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American Yawp home page. Screenshot courtesy Joseph Locke

“The American Yawp” home page. Screenshot courtesy Joseph Locke

The American Yawp, the profession’s first multi-authored open textbook, contains thirty chapters and almost 300,000 words. It covers everything from indigenous creation stories to Instagram. How, with historical input accelerating and the scope of scholarship expanding, could any individual or small group of historians hope to capture the breadth of American history and to do so as expansively as a textbook demands? Read More

Around the field Sept. 6, 2016

newspaper-in-fieldFrom around the field this week:  Canadian historians ponder sesquicentennial; practitioners reinvent historic house museums; iconic British heritage site focuses on bridging; and awards for US federal history exhibits and applied anthropology students Read More

Around the field Aug. 31, 2016

newspaper-in-fieldFrom around the field this week: Conferences on migration in Argentina, automotive heritage in Pennsylvania, radical libraries and archives in London; award for history in U.S. National Park Service; new online program in historic preservation; reviews of recent books on maritime commemoration, postwar Japanese memory, sex museums Read More

Asking a consulting historian: Morgen Young

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Morgen Young. Photo credit: Courtesy of Aya Fujii.

Morgen Young. Photo credit: Courtesy of Aya Fujii.

Morgen Young is a project historian with Historical Research Associates, Inc. (HRA). She recently joined the firm’s Portland, Oregon office, after running her own consulting business for seven years. Her work focuses on exhibit development, oral history, digital history, and historic preservation. Read More