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2018 annual meeting

Agriculture and public history: A working group

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It’s an exciting time for public historians interested in putting the farm-to-fork movement into historic context. Recent books, including Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites (2015), Interpreting Agriculture at Museums and Historic Sites (2017), and Public History and the Food Movement: Adding the Missing Ingredient (2018), demonstrate that public historians are bringing new insights to bear on interpreting agricultural history and food history. Read More

Neon City: Power lines and plundered lands

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I hope NCPH members and The Public Historian subscribers will enjoy our second foray into digital special editions tuned to the current moment in public history. Our Monuments, Memory, Politics, and Our Publics issue of last September responded to public debates around the removal of “Lost Cause” monuments then in the news. Read More

Crossing the line: Facilitating digital access to primary sources

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ExploreCommonSense.com, a digital critical edition of Thomas Paine’s historic pamphlet and one of the digital projects represented in the working group. Image credit: Explore Common Sense.

Our working group, “Crossing the Line: Facilitating Digital Access to Primary Sources,” started with a simple premise. Read More

Preserving the history of the mob in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas strip postcard, ca. 1980s. Image credit: Brian, Flickr Commons, CC BY-NC 2.0

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of pieces  focused on Las Vegas and its regional identity which will be posted before and during the NCPH Annual Meeting in Las Vegas in April. Read More

Cold War legacies: Preservation and use at historic sites

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Nuclear bomb blast near Frenchman Flats, Nevada, 1957. Photo Credit: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Special Collections, Manis Collection

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of pieces  focused on Las Vegas and its regional identity which will be posted before and during the NCPH Annual Meeting in Las Vegas in April. Read More

Disrupting institutional power: Imagining a regional model for public history education

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NCPH Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, 2017. Photo credit: NCPH

As the number of public history programs continues to grow, public history educators compete for students, grants, and partners. We flood cultural organizations with interns and redundant projects. Budgetary uncertainty forces educators working in state systems to make competing claims of primacy and excellence, pitting our programs against one another. Read More