Around the Field November 1, 2017

From around the field this week: “Recasting the Confederacy: Monuments and Civil War Memory” panel discussion November 6 in Connecticut; podcast production company Wondery is looking for contributors to a new podcast series on American history; the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for two programs in the month of November; upcoming workshop on diversity and inclusion next week in Texas. Read More

Rust, recreation, and reflection

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Editor’s note: We publish TPH editor James F. Brooks’s introduction to the November 2017 issue of The Public Historian. The entire issue is available online to National Council on Public History members.

I recently spent several weeks exploring the remnants of coal towns in southern Colorado, as well as associated public history interpretive sites like the United Mine Workers’ (UMW) memorial at the site of the Ludlow Massacre, the Walsenberg Coal Mining Museum, the Cokedale Mining Museum, and the Steelworks Center of the West in Pueblo. Read More

Around the Field October 25, 2017

From around the field this week: Susan Ferentinos delivers a talk on “Presenting the Queer Past” at Rutgers University – Newark tomorrow; applications for the Library of Congress’s Librarians-in-Residence fellowship program open on November 1; proposal deadlines approach for conferences in New York, Delaware, and Massachusetts; AASLH and the OHA are offering webinars next week; a round-up of Rowman and Littlefield’s October publications; and more. Read More

“A Shared Inquiry into Shared Inquiry” in the public history classroom

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Display from St. Louis in the Gilded Age Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, curated by Katherine T. Corbett, St. Louis, Missouri, 1994. Courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis.

Display from “St. Louis in the Gilded Age” exhibit, Missouri History Museum, curated by Katherine T. Corbett, St. Louis, Missouri, 1994. Photo credit: Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis.

When Tammy Gaskell posted to the [email protected] blog asking public history educators to recommend articles from The Public Historian that work well in the classroom, I immediately replied with several options. Read More

International Family History Workshop, Part I

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Alison Light speaks with attendees of the International Family History Workshop. Photo credit: Tanya Evans

The study and practice of family history is fraught with methodological, historiographical, practical, ethical, and cultural concerns for scholars and practitioners alike.[1] In trying to design an event that might respond to and interrogate these concerns, we asked: What new knowledge might be created if we bring scholars together to discuss the phenomenal growth of family history in different nations? Read More

Campus Carry and the public history of the gun debate

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Green indicates states with mandatory campus carry laws; yellow indicates states with institutional laws; and red indicates states where guns are never allowed on campuses. Image credit: Theshibboleth and terrorist96 via Wikimedia Commons

In July of this year, Georgia became the tenth state to prohibit public colleges and universities from banning concealed weapons on campus for permit holders. Read More

Around the Field October 11, 2017

From around the field this week: Attend “Reclaiming our Ancestors: Community Conversations about Racial Justice and Public History” conference next weekend in Buffalo, New York; AASLH’s Call for Proposals for their 2018 conference, “Truth or Consequences,” is now open with a deadline of December 8; upcoming public lectures in Washington, DC next week include Olwen Purdue’s talk about doing public history in Northern Ireland and SHFG’s annual Hewlett Lecture; applications for the 2018 Rome Prize Fellowships supporting innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities are open through November 1; upcoming workshops in Florida and Mississippi from the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. Read More

Project Showcase: Murals of Las Cruces Project

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“La Virgincita” by Preciliana Sandoval (2010) in the Mesquite Neighborhood of Las Cruces. Photo credit: Murals of Las Cruces Project.

During the summer of 2015, a group of scholars, students, and artists trekked under the sweltering New Mexico sun with cameras and notebooks in hand to document public murals in the city of Las Cruces. Read More

Around the Field September 27, 2017

From around the field this week: Apply for an AASLH mini-grant for hurricane assistance by October 10; sign up for Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons in Indiana and across Canada; deadlines are imminent or approaching for conferences in Illinois, Virginia, California, and Granada, Spain; Register for next month’s Design for Diversity opening forum at Northeastern University; Rowman & Littlefield’s Interpreting History series is releasing a new title this week, Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites. Read More