Does it count? Promotion, tenure, and evaluation of public history scholarship

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“The road to tenure.” Photo credit: 10thLife. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Whenever public historians first began working in academic units, it is likely that soon after, their peers questioned whether public history scholarship—exhibitions, class projects, and reports—counted toward tenure. “Count” is academic shorthand for work that is considered to be scholarship or research. Read More

On unpaid internships, professional ethical standards, and the NCPH jobs page

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NCPH Jobs Page. Screen capture by Adina Langer

In the last month, our jobs page has garnered nearly 20,000 page views, making it one of the most-visited pages on the NCPH website. We don’t limit access to the page to NCPH members and we don’t charge employers to post jobs, because we think it benefits everyone in the field to connect qualified job-searchers with as many public history job opportunities as possible. Read More

Around the Field November 29, 2017

From around the field this week: the deadline to apply for NCPH’s 2018 awards is December 1; the Smithsonian Institution is kicking off their Smithsonian 2022 plan with programming this Friday, December 1; the proposal deadline for the American Association for State and Local History’s 2018 conference is December 8; Register for the Virginia Association of Museums’ workshop on creative exhibit development ASAP if you’re interested. Read More

My community’s history is racist. How can I correct it?

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Silver Spring “Memory Wall” mural depicting the B&O Railroad station, c. 1940s. Photo credit: David Rotenstein.

This is an exciting and anxiety-producing moment in the United States. It is a time when professional historians are stepping outside their classrooms and consulting practices to push for the removal of Confederate statues and for greater public dialogue about the roles that white supremacy played in the past and how it persists in our communities. Read More

Reimagining the history of the (Inter)National Park Service

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National Park Service logo. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

On May 13, 1918, less than two years after the National Park Service (NPS) was established, U.S. Interior Secretary Franklin K. Lane wrote to first National Park Service (NPS) director Stephen T. Mather regarding ways in which the new federal agency could interpret and expand its mission. Read More

Around the Field November 15, 2017

From around the field this week: New York is holding public hearings about the city’s monuments and markers, and New Yorkers are invited to sign up to testify; Early Americanist group blog The Junto is seeking new contributors; more information on the upcoming cycle for the NEH’s Public Humanities Projects grant is now available online, with a deadline of January 10; the Midwestern History Association is inviting nominations for its Alice Smith Prize in Public History; Proposals for the National Association of African American Studies conference are due November 30; AASLH’s “Basics of Archives” online course starts today. Read More