Around the field June 21, 2016

newspaper-in-fieldFrom around the field this week: Summer unconference on teaching with primary sources; new short-term travel awards to National Museum of American History for research on disability, gender/sexuality/LGBTQ, race; help with crowd-funding for cultural institutions. Read More

Ask a consulting historian: Lynn Kronzek

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Lynn Kronzek. Photo credit: Lynn Kronzek

Lynn Kronzek. Photo credit: Lynn Kronzek

Lynn C. Kronzek is a public historian and writer with over 30 years of executive experience directing her consulting practice, as well as successful nonprofit agencies and programs.  She is an award-winning author of two books and numerous articles and reports, and for seven years she also taught graduate courses in regional development and community relations. Read More

Around the field June 14, 2016

newspaper-in-fieldFrom around the field this week: Diversifying Wikimedia, preventing looting, celebrating 50 years of the Oral History Association, and announcing a new continuing ed program in historic preservation at Rutgers University-Camden, New Jersey. Read More

It’s not “just a musical”

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TPH_38_1_Covers low rez-1In the four months since my review of Hamilton: An American Musical was first published in The Public Historian, my ideas have been met with a wide variety of reactions.

This blog published four responses to the piece, including one by Annette Gordon-Reed, who wrote that my review was an expression of “our duty to use what we know of history and culture to comment” on artistic explorations of the past. Read More

A Washington neighborhood uses history to plan its future

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Bloomingdale residents listen to project leaders describe the oral history project, May 21, 2016. Photo credit: David Rotenstein.

Bloomingdale residents listen to project leaders describe the oral history project, May 21, 2016. Photo credit: David Rotenstein.

Residents of Washington, D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood are using history to plan for the gentrifying area’s future. Through a process of collaborative research and land use planning, they hope to mitigate the adverse effects of displacement, rising housing costs, and the loss of a sense of community. Read More

Challenging the exclusive past / Challenging my inclusive past

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Baltimore Inner Harbor. Photo courtesy Priya Chhaya

Baltimore Inner Harbor. Photo credit: Priya Chhaya

My daily job at the National Trust for Historic Preservation doesn’t involve day-to-day interaction with the broader public. Rather I am a historiographer, in that in my work as a content manager for preservation professionals, I am constantly thinking about the methodology of history–how we protect, communicate, and talk about the past. Read More

Around the field May 31, 2016

newspaper-in-fieldFrom around the field this week: Topic Proposal deadline is tomorrow for NCPH conference; edited volumes and special issues focusing on identity, memory, history, heritage conservation, gender in historical film and TV; 5th annual Cotton Kingdom Symposium in Mississippi and 40th anniversary of “Roots” in Connecticut; cultural heritage summer school in Bulgaria. Read More