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Reflecting on the first NCPH “extraordinary service” award

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Cathy Stanton leads the NCPH’s Digital Media Group in Nashville in 2015. Photo credit: Amy Tyson

Editor’s note: this is the second in a series of pieces by recipients of NCPH’s 2018 best in public history awards.

On learning that I would be receiving an award for “extraordinary service” to the National Council on Public History, my initial response was to point out that the projects I’ve been involved in have always been group efforts by staff and many other NCPH members. Read More

Roanoke made me queer again

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Editor’s note: this is the first in a series of pieces by recipients of NCPH’s 2018 best in public history awards.

The Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project hosts an intergenerational story circle focused on “Lesbian Herstory” with members of First Friday, a 1980s-era lesbian organization, at Roanoke’s Pride in the Park festival, April 15, 2018.

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Remembering Aidan Smith

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Aidan Smith (far right) at the launch of the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site project, 2016. Image courtesy Anne Mitchell Whisnant

Our encounter in the hotel lobby on the final day of the Las Vegas NCPH conference was brief—one of those “darn, we missed each other!” moments of a busy event filled with valued but too-rarely seen colleagues. Read More

Our Marathon, five years later: Reflections on the work of digital public humanities

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A boy signs a Boston Marathon poster at the Boylston Street firehouse, April 2013. Photo credit: James Schmidt.

Five years ago I was watching the Boston Marathon in Coolidge Corner with my brother Brian. He had recently moved to the city and had never experienced a Marathon Monday, so the lively spectators and runners in Brookline—combined with the perfect spring weather—seemed like a fine introduction to this Boston tradition. Read More

Does it count? Promotion, tenure, and evaluation of public history scholarship

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“The road to tenure.” Photo credit: 10thLife. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Whenever public historians first began working in academic units, it is likely that soon after, their peers questioned whether public history scholarship—exhibitions, class projects, and reports—counted toward tenure. “Count” is academic shorthand for work that is considered to be scholarship or research. 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

2018 NCPH Annual Meeting topic proposals are in!

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At the beginning of May, NCPH opened up our Call for Proposals for the 2018 annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the theme “Power Lines.” The theme is apt for a conference in Vegas, and especially timely in the current political climate as we evaluate how power shapes our professional and personal lives—and what power we might have as public historians to shape the future. Read More