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Morgen Young

Reflections on Relocating (Part 2)

Last December I shared this post about my then-recent relocation from Lansing, Michigan, to Atlanta, Georgia. I wrote about my efforts to make connections in my new community and to nurture my career as a public history consultant and educator. Ten months later, I am writing from an altered vantage point; over the summer, I decided to apply for and ultimately accepted a new job as Curator of the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University. Read More

What we can learn from our Australian colleagues

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I have long admired the Australia Council of Professional Historians Associations (ACPHA). It promotes the profession of history and the work of its members by keeping consultants’ registers, offering employment services, and maintaining a scale of fees. I have often wondered if some of these benefits could be replicated in the United States by NCPH. Read More

Russell Lee in the Northwest: Documenting Japanese American Labor Camps in Oregon and Idaho

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As a full-time consulting historian, it is difficult to carve out time for my own research interests. Michael Adamson has discussed this challenge in this space.

In graduate school, I studied Farm Security Administration documentary photography. Upon starting my business, I found little time to continue my research–until a year ago. Read More

Measuring up: What employers look for in historical consultants (Part 2)

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In Part 1 of this post, participants in a Northwest History Network professional development program called Who Hires Consulting Historians? talked about some of the “soft skills” that employers look for.  Part 2 is an additional excerpt from the discussion. You can hear a podcast of the entire program here. Read More

Project Showcase: "History of Medicine in Oregon" website

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University of Oregon Medical School anatomy class (date not known). Image courtesy of Oregon Health & Science University Historical Collections & Archives.

The History of Medicine in Oregon Project launched a website this month. The project was created by the Oregon Medical Education Foundation in 2001, and joined in succeeding years by Oregon Health & Science University and The Foundation for Medical Excellence, to document and interpret the history of medicine in what is now the state of Oregon and to present that history to the medical community as well as the general public. Read More

Recapping the consultants' reception

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Hugh Davidson welcomes his fellow consultants

It was another great Consultants’ Reception at the annual NCPH Annual Meeting. Dozens of consulting historians and those interested in consulting gathered to network, discuss projects, and recap the conference.

Consultants’ Committee chair Hugh Davidson addressed the crowd and updated everyone on the work of the committee in the last year. Read More