Around the field May 22, 2017

From around the field this week: In or around Washington DC? Attend the board meeting of the National Museum and Library Services board on May 24; conferences on digital directions, placeless memories, the Underground Railroad’s unfinished business, history in action, memory studies; National Council on Public History submission deadlines coming up Read More

Listening to witnesses: The evolving history of Hobcaw Barony

, , , , ,

Minnie Kennedy’s sister Nettie and her groom, Rainey Gardner, on their way to be married at Friendfield Church on Hobcaw Barony sometime in the 1920s. Photographer unknown. Photo credit: Belle W. Baruch Foundation.

For the last five years, South Carolina ETV, the state’s public television network, has been experimenting with ways to tell the story of a 16,000-acre undeveloped property called Hobcaw Barony. Read More

Bachelor Girls or Perverts?: Teaching Histories of Sexuality in Public History Courses

, , , , , , ,

In her 1903 work Social Culture, Annie Randall White encouraged unmarried women over the age of thirty to form domestic partnerships with each other: “Many of our ‘bachelor girls’ live together and are the happiest people imaginable.” [1]

Annie Randall White, Social Culture: An Up-to-Date Book for Polite Society, Containing Rules for Conduct in Public, Social and Private Life, at Home and Abroad [S.l: s.n.], 1903, Josephine Long Wishart Collection: Mother, Home, and Heaven, Special Collections Library, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.

Read More

Around the field May 2, 2017

From around the field this week: Day of Public Humanities on May 9; nominate US public historians for Herbert Feis Award; journal issue seeks contributions on “Museums in the Age of Trump”; biographers converge on Boston; new issues of oral history, city museums journals Read More

PastForward: Places, voices, and livability

, , ,

Photo credit: David Keith Photography

This past fall in Houston, the National Trust for Historic Preservation gathered for its annual conference, PastForward. One of the key features of the conference is a series of marquee presentations called TrustLive. TrustLive presentations often feature a single speaker followed by a short panel discussion on a topic relevant to today’s preservation movement. Read More

Around the field April 11, 2017

From around the field this week: Awards for US western scholars and midwestern museum professionals; archivists’ marketplace of ideas in Oregon; placeless memories in York; and registration now open for summer institute on digital humanities in Texas. Read More