Disrupting authority: The radical roots and branches of oral history

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William Colbert of Alabama, ca. 1936. Born in slavery, Colbert was interviewed by the Federal Writers’ Project. Photo credit: Library of Congress

Oral history, like public history, is now old enough to have its own history, its own founding narrative. As one might expect from a field so deeply devoted to challenging incomplete and exclusive narratives, oral historians are now asking what is left out of their own history and filling in some of the gaps they have found. Read More

Make queerness relevant again

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Poster for Sporter's, one of Boston's earliest gay bars, c. 1960s. Photo credit: The William Conrad Collection, The History Project, Boston.

Poster for Sporter’s, one of Boston’s earliest gay bars, c. 1960s.  Image credit: William Conrad Collection, The History Project, Boston.

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of posts reflecting on Gregory Rosenthal’s article, “Make Roanoke Queer Again: Community History and Urban Change in a Southern City,” published in the February 2017 issue of The Public Historian, and on how the Roanoke project relates to other LGBTQ public history projects. Read More

Around the field Feb 28, 2017

From around the field this week: Critical heritage studies in Arkansas; poetics and politics of museology in Havana; conference of humanities council in Boston; half-century retrospective on Nigeria-Biafra War history/memory; registration open for conferences on digital collections and living history; workshop on historic house museums; summer ethnographic fieldschool on a Mexican island Read More

Historical thinking and the place of history in public policy development

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Henk Visch, “Man with Two Hats,” National Canadian Liberation monument, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Photo credit: Brbbl

For the past seventeen years, I have worn two hats every day that I’ve gone to work. The first one is my historian hat, as I’m the staff historian for the Canadian department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs where I research the history of the institution, prepare materials for public consumption and answer questions relating to the 260-year history of Canada’s policies towards Indigenous peoples. Read More

Public history in the classroom

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Sharing Stories: College students and teens dialoging at the community center.” Photo credit: Elizabeth Belanger

Over the past weeks my project colleagues have provided glimpses into public history’s “Radical Roots.” In these posts, key figures and sites have emerged: Gene Weltfish at the American Civilization Institute of Morristown, the campers and counselors at Camp Woodland , and Louis Jones at Cooperstown Graduate Program Read More

Ask a consulting historian: Patrick Cox

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At the historic Luckenbach, Texas store and dance hall with bust of Texas legend Honda Crouch. Photo credit: Patrick Cox.

Patrick Cox at the historic Luckenbach, Texas store and dance hall with bust of Texas legend Hondo Crouch. Photo credit: Patrick Cox.

Patrick Cox, Ph.D., is an award-winning, nationally recognized historian, author, and conservationist. A sixth-generation Texan who resides with his wife Brenda in Wimberley, Texas, he is president of Patrick Cox Consultants, LLC. Read More

Broadening our understanding of the roots of public history education

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Camp Woodland Photo Credit: SUNY Albany Archives

How closely is public history tied to academic history? Judging by the historiography of public history, it would seem that the answer to that is “very”; after all, the generally accepted view is that the field came into its own in the 1970s directed by formally trained academic historians. Read More

Around the field Feb 14, 2017

From around the field this week: A new Chief Historian for the US National Park Service; conferences on oral history (Australia), women’s history (Texas and Indiana), religion and public memory (Canada), museums and human rights (Argentina); summer field schools in Italy/Greece and Ukraine; big new book on museum blogs. Read More