Around the Field September 13, 2017

From around the field this week: the 2017 Smithsonian Food History Weekend is coming up next month in Washington, DC; the Obama Foundation Fellowship Program seeks civic engagement innovators and good humans for their inaugural class; three Fitch Foundation fellowship applications for historic preservation and related fields are due October 25; applications for a ten-day Winter School in Oral History in Bangalore, India are due at the end of September; the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities has upcoming workshops on historic wood window restoration and seeking funding for history organizations; Oxford University Press is releasing The Oxford Handbook of Public History. Read More

Monumental moments

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George Washington Custis Lee, on horseback, with staff in Richmond, Virgina, at the unveiling of a monument to Jefferson Davis, in June 1907. Photo credit: Library of Congress, Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-58277. Photograph by Edyth Carter Beveridge.

On Monday, August 14, roped and yanked from its pedestal by people angered by the violence that unfolded the preceding night in Charlottesville, Virginia, a statue commemorating “THE BOYS WHO WORE THE GRAY” lay crumpled on the lawn before the old courthouse in Durham, North Carolina.  Read More

Around the field August 30, 2017


From around the field this week:
 the Chapel Hill public library is holding a panel discussion on Confederate monuments this evening, August 30; NCPH’s 2018 awards cycle is open; the American Association for State and Local History has issued a Call for Book Proposals on controversial monuments and memorials; submit a proposal for the 2018 Museums and the Web conference in Vancouver by September 30; The New School is offering a free online course, “Race in the USA,” this fall; register now for October’s workshop on writing a grant proposal under NAGPRA in Austin, Texas. Read More

Paneriai, Poland, and “Public History and the Study of Memory”

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Exploring the historic and current landscape at Paneriai, outside Vilnius. (Photo courtesy of the author)

Exploring the historic and current landscape at Paneriai, outside Vilnius. Image credit: Aaron Shapiro

I find The Public Historian indispensable not only for keeping up with the field but also for introducing students to public history scholarship. And while I regularly assign more recent articles, I often return to David Glassberg’s “Public History and the Study of Memory” (vol. Read More

Documenting resilience and community healing in Orlando

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Bennett Barthelemy taking a photograph of memorial in front of Pulse Nightclub. Photo credit: Melissa Barthelemy.

In June, my brother and I traveled from Santa Barbara, California to Orlando, Florida to help document the one-year remembrance events and exhibitions honoring the victims, survivors, and all those affected by the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Read More

Teachable moments: Lessons to take to heart

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A teachable moment at the 2017 AAM Conference

Early Tweet about controversial figures at the AAM 2017 conference. Screenshot used with permission of @Their_Child

In walking through the expo hall at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) conference in May, a friend of mine and I came upon one of the vendor displays that showed the figure of an enslaved black man shackled to a pole and a grey (white) auctioneer figure standing as if to accept bids. Read More

Around the field August 16, 2017


From around the field this week:
several new grant and fellowship cycles have begun for the IMLS, Gilder Lehrman, the ACLS, and the National Humanities Center; conferences in Chicago, Illinois and Cologne, Germany have submission deadlines this month; the New England Museum Association is offering a free workshop on salary negotiation for women; a group of Canadian history organizations is holding the first-ever Canadian history Twitter conference. Read More

A vexing issue

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

At first glance, a collection of essays that range from Jesuit Mission historic sites to faux Indian statuary to Liberty ships and war museums seem impossible to arrange in a conceptual matrix—at once evidence of the great range of public history engagements and, simultaneously, a scattershot deployment of their substance. Read More