Engaging contested memory in the classroom

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Editor’s note: In this latest post in our series on teaching with articles from The Public Historian, Professor Lara Kelland and MA student Sarah McCoy discuss their respective experiences using Christine Rieser Robbins and Mark W. Robbins’s essay, “Engaging the Contested Memory of the Public Square: Community Collaboration, Archaeology, and Oral History at Corpus Christi’s Artesian Park” (The Public Historian 36, no. Read More

Around the Field February 21, 2018

From around the field this week: Explore AASLH’s “Nightmare at the Museum” week, featuring webinars and a Twitter chat, and submit nominations for their Leadership in History awards by March 1; take part in Museums Advocacy Day February 26-27; the Museum of the City of New York is hosting “Epic Histories with Mike Wallace and Nell Irvin Painter” on February 27; applications are due soon for a two-week NEH summer institute for college and university teachers in New York and the Smithsonian’s summer Latino Museum Studies Program.  Read More

Industrial heritage as agent of gentrification

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Editor’s note: This is the final post in a series on deindustrialization and industrial heritage commissioned by “The Public Historian,” expanding the conversation begun with the November 2017 special issue on the topic.

The former Redpath Sugar Foundry in Point Saint-Charles is now a condominium. The architect who designed the 1980s era conversion won many awards. Photograph by David W. Lewis.

The former Redpath Sugar Foundry in Point Saint-Charles is now a condominium.

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Preservation, rehabilitation, and interpretation as agents of transformation along the New York canal system

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Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of posts on deindustrialization and industrial heritage commissioned by The Public Historian, expanding the conversation begun with the November 2017 special issue on the topic.

The Erie Canal system. Courtesy of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

The Erie Canal system. Image credit: Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

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Over-the-hill canes and ideal bodies: teaching disability history as public history

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Editor’s note: The post is the sixth in a series commissioned by The Public Historian that focuses on essays published in TPH that have been used effectively in the classroom. We welcome comments and further suggestions! If you have a TPH article that is a favorite in your classroom, please let us know. Read More

Around the Field February 7, 2018

From around the field this week: The online journal and database Women and Social Movements in the United States is seeking volunteers to write biographical sketches of women suffrage activists for their Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States; the ACLS has opened a new fellowship and grant program for community college faculty; the Association of African American Museums’ conference proposal deadline is this Friday; an upcoming webinar on collections storage projects. Read More

Five ways we can do better to respond to crises in our communities

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Editor’s note: This is the first post of a series that continues the conversation begun in the February 2018 issue of The Public Historian with the roundtable “Responding Rapidly to Our Communities.”

A sign made by a resident of Newtown, Connecticut, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. Source: The Story of the Stuff.

A sign made by a resident of Newtown, Connecticut, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

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