Around the field Nov. 20, 2016

newspaper-in-fieldFrom around the field this week: Awards for public history projects; oral history conference in Finland; memory studies in Amsterdam; corporate museums in Russia; spring and summer preservation classes in New Jersey, Italy, and online; new book on videogames as historical practice Read More

A response to the election

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March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. Photo credit: National Archives.

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. Photo credit: National Archives.

How should public historians respond to the new reality of the incoming political leadership in the United States? Representative democracy in the United States has survived the bitter partisanship of the Early Republic, the Civil War, corruption and scandals, the rise of international fascism, and the paroxysms of protest against the Vietnam War, so it is likely to endure. Read More

Around the field Nov 8, 2016

newspaper-in-fieldFrom around the field this week: Fellowships and grants for studies of race and ethnicity, invention and innovation, George Washington’s life and legacy, Holocaust studies; symposia on disability rights in history and memory, personal digital archiving, black women and activism; oral history workshops in Ankara, Washington DC, California Read More

Standing Rock and Sitting Bull: Where is the history?

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A gathering at the Dakota Access Pipeline blockate in Cannonball, North Dakota, August 15, 2016. Photo credit: Shane Balkowitsch

A gathering at the Dakota Access Pipeline blockade in Cannonball, North Dakota, August 15, 2016. Photo credit: Shane Balkowitsch

As I’ve watched the groundswell of protest at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota over the building of a new pipeline carrying “fracked” oil from the massive Bakken oilfield, I’ve been surprised by the lack of mention of what seems to me to be one of the most striking things about this action: the fact that it’s taking place on the same reservation where Sitting Bull was killed in December 1890 by federal Indian agency police who came to arrest him as part of an attempt to suppress a wave of Indian resistance. Read More

Around the field Oct 25, 2016

newspaper-in-fieldFrom around the field this week: Conferences in Rotterdam (on tourism), Houston (for Latinos in heritage conservation), Spain (on heritage architecture), and Poland (on heritage and society); online class on paranormal investigations in museums/historic sites starts on Halloween; teaching Wikipedia editing at London library; and new open access book on natural and cultural conservation in Kenya Read More

Spirit of the season

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Promotional photo for Stratford Hall’s “Stratford After Dark” event. Courtesy Museum's Facebook Page

Promotional photo for Stratford Hall’s “Stratford After Dark” event. Photo credit: Stratford Hall Facebook Page.

It is Halloween time and ghosts are once again a topic of discussion. Last October works like Tiya Miles’s book Tales from the Haunted South and Sarah Handly-Cousins’s post on “Nursing Clio” argued that popular ghost tours depend on stories that demonize those who suffer. Read More

Around the field Oct 18, 2016

newspaper-in-fieldFrom around the field this week: International Federation for Public History looks toward its fourth annual conference, to be held in June in Italy; special journal issues focus on World Heritage and tourism, ethnographies of material culture; fellowship funding available for mid-career professionals in preservation and allied fields Read More