Terra incognita: Navigating life as the only professionally-trained historian at work

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Image credit: Tony Pierucci.

There’s a gap between intellectually understanding something and actually grasping it and all of its ramifications. Two days into my new job in 2014, I fell headlong into that yawning space between intellectual understanding and grasping and spent the next few months scraping my knees and elbows clambering back out again. Read More

Agriculture and public history: A working group

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It’s an exciting time for public historians interested in putting the farm-to-fork movement into historic context. Recent books, including Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites (2015), Interpreting Agriculture at Museums and Historic Sites (2017), and Public History and the Food Movement: Adding the Missing Ingredient (2018), demonstrate that public historians are bringing new insights to bear on interpreting agricultural history and food history. Read More

Neon City: Power lines and plundered lands

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I hope NCPH members and The Public Historian subscribers will enjoy our second foray into digital special editions tuned to the current moment in public history. Our Monuments, Memory, Politics, and Our Publics issue of last September responded to public debates around the removal of “Lost Cause” monuments then in the news. Read More

Crossing the line: Facilitating digital access to primary sources

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ExploreCommonSense.com, a digital critical edition of Thomas Paine’s historic pamphlet and one of the digital projects represented in the working group. Image credit: Explore Common Sense.

Our working group, “Crossing the Line: Facilitating Digital Access to Primary Sources,” started with a simple premise. Read More

Around the Field April 4, 2018

From around the field this week: PubComm 2018 (Public History Community Forum on Racism and Resistance) is tomorrow, April 5, in Philadelphia; “Reap the Whirlwind: A Holistic Approach to Museum Internships” webinar from the Virginia Association of Museums, is next Monday, April 9; AASLH’s Call for Posters for their 2018 meeting (an event sponsored by NCPH) is now open through June 10; The Public Historian is open-access for the month of April.  Read More

Preserving the history of the mob in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas strip postcard, ca. 1980s. Image credit: Brian, Flickr Commons, CC BY-NC 2.0

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of pieces  focused on Las Vegas and its regional identity which will be posted before and during the NCPH Annual Meeting in Las Vegas in April. Read More