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Jason Steinhauer

Building an interdisciplinary discipline

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Amanda Lyons of Visuals for Change was the visual note-taker at the March 2016 history communicators summit at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Image credit: Amanda Lyons

When I put the words “history” and “communication” together nearly two years ago, I never imagined it would elicit as much discussion and controversy as it has. Read More

@HistoryinPics brings history to the public. So what's the problem? (Part 2)

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Two HistoryinPics tweets from Feb. 14, 2014 put whimsy and horror side by side.  Screen shot by History@Work editors.

Two HistoryinPics tweets from Feb. 14, 2014, put whimsy and horror side-by-side. Screen shot by [email protected] editors.

Continued from Part 1.

Unlike corporations that use historical images as a marketing strategy, museums, archives, libraries, and national historic sites are caretakers of history whose goal is not to distract from serious investigation but rather to promote it.   Read More

Missing the history from the historic march on Washington commemoration

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, photo courtesy YWCA USA

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, photo courtesy YWCA USA

Several months ago in this space I reflected on the large crowds that flocked to Washington to witness President Obama’s historic second inaugural. Again, this past Wednesday, crowds assembled in Washington to hear the President offer “historic” remarks, this time on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in commemoration of the March on Washington in August 1963. Read More