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G. Wesley Johnson Award: Beyond the shadows

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Dakawa Cultural Center. Image courtesy: Dakawa Cultural Center website

Dakawa Cultural Center. Photo Credit: Dakawa Cultural Center website

Editor’s Note: This series showcases the winners of the National Council on Public History’s awards for the best new work in the field. Today’s post is by Julia C. Wells, author of “In the Shadow of the Butcher: The Limits to Confronting Colonial Legacies Through Commemoration in South Africa,” The Public Historian Vol 36, No 2. Read More

Free range kids: museums at play

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  This post as it originally appeared on March 10 was a draft version, posted in error.  The correct version appears below.  We apologize to the authors and to our readers for the confusion.

Picture, for a moment, children of all ages loose in your museum; free to grab, change, move, and build with whatever their hands happen to come across. Read More

Community engagement across disciplinary boundaries

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Conference Poster, photo courtesy of the Arts Extension Service at UMass Amherst.

Conference Poster.  Photo credit: Arts Extension Service at UMass Amherst.

For most of my experience as a public-historian-in-training, I did not often think about the arts in any purposeful way.  I played in an orchestra from elementary school through college, have a not-so-secret love for musicals (my roommates are probably tired of hearing me sing Disney songs in the shower!), and enjoy visiting art museums as much as the next person, but I would not consider myself an artist.  Read More