Exploring approaches to civic engagement through “Kitchen Conversations”

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Editor’s note: In this final post in our series on teaching with articles from The Public Historian, Kate Wilson discusses her experiences using Ruth Abram’s essay, “Kitchen Conversations: Democracy in Action at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum” (The Public Historian 29, no. Read More

Summer exchange program: International collaboration in public history

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2017 ICOMOS IEP Participants. Photo credit: Richa Pandy

“What I would like to see in the future is more of an emphasis on cooperation between museums in the international community. In an increasingly connected world, it only serves [to] the benefit of the American public history sector to create bridges with other institutions.”

The above statement is excerpted from the blog I kept during graduate school where I sought to answer the prompt: “The Future of Public History—Where is it Going?” I spent much of my time as a public history student curious about collaborative public history work done across international lines. Read More

Around the Field June 6, 2018

From around the field this week: Topic proposals for the 2019 NCPH Annual Meeting are now available for comment; Funding is available the 2018 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums; The Oral History Center is offering an Advanced Oral History Summer Institute (Aug 6-10); Twenty-four articles from The Public Historian are available free for the rest of the year; Berghahn is releasing several new books in the “Making Sense of History Series” Read More

Around the Field May 23, 2018

From around the field this week: Join the International Sites of Conscience to talk about Museums and Guns at tomorrow’s Twitter #MuseumEdChat (May 24); @NCPHInclusion task force member Shakti Castro gives a talk on the history of the opioid crisis in NYC’s Puerto Rican and Latinx communities (May 24); Historic New England is hosting a “Caring for Municipal, Museum, and other Non-Profit Historic Properties” workshop in Massachusetts (May 25); Submit a pop-up proposal for the COSA-NAGARA-SAA 2018 Joint Meeting by May 31; June is Pride Month in the United States, and many cultural organizations are featuring LGBTQ history events and talks.  Read More

Reflecting on the first NCPH “extraordinary service” award

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Cathy Stanton leads the NCPH’s Digital Media Group in Nashville in 2015. Photo credit: Amy Tyson

Editor’s note: this is the second in a series of pieces by recipients of NCPH’s 2018 best in public history awards.

On learning that I would be receiving an award for “extraordinary service” to the National Council on Public History, my initial response was to point out that the projects I’ve been involved in have always been group efforts by staff and many other NCPH members. Read More

Places of Refuge, Keepers of Memory

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Editor’s note: This is the final post of a series that continues the conversation begun in the February 2018 issue of The Public Historian with the roundtable “Responding Rapidly to Our Communities.”

Are You Next sign at student lie-in at the White House to protest gun laws following the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, Feb. 2018. Photo by Lorie Shaull.

Demonstration at the White House advocating gun laws following the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, February 2018.

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