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How historians work

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“History”  Photo credit Blacren

Historians often remark that we need to do a better job of letting others in on the ways we explore and understand the past. (That was the impetus for a thought-provoking series from The Public Historian and [email protected] a couple of years ago.) In a time when “alternate facts,” outright fabrications, and diametrically opposed versions of reality shape the American political landscape as perhaps seldom before, that task seems all the more urgent. Read More

The Careers in History Symposium: An NCPH Mini-Con

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Participants in the Networking Lightning Round during the Careers in History Symposium hosted by Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. Photo credit: IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

On Saturday, November 12, 2016 the National Council on Public History (NCPH) and the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Public History MA program hosted over one hundred students and faculty from seven states in Indianapolis for our biennial Careers in History Symposium. Read More

Top five posts of 2016

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reed-hamilton-screen-shotAs we mark the end of a tumultuous 2016 and begin what promises to be an eventful new year, [email protected]’s editors are reflecting on the posts that prompted the widest readership and dialogue among our community:

Annette Gordon Reed, Hamilton the Musical: Blacks and the Founding Fathers

Matthew Exline, Looking for a Job in Public History: An Outsider’s Perspective

Cathy Stanton, Does the National Park Service have a Culture Problem? Read More

NCPH welcomes new executive director

At the 2016 National Council on Public History meeting in Baltimore, then-Interim-Executive-Director Stephanie Rowe (left) joined Founders Award winners Arnita Jones and Phil Cantelon and former NCPH Executive Director John Dichtl (right). Photo credit: NCPH

At the 2016 NCPH annual meeting in Baltimore, then-interim-executive-director Stephanie Rowe (left) joined Founders Award winners Arnita Jones and Phil Cantelon and former NCPH executive director John Dichtl (right). Photo credit: NCPH

A year ago, on a hot, sweltering Indiana day, the search committee for the next executive director for the National Council on Public History met in person for the first time. Read More

Robert Kelley Memorial Award: Reflections from Don Ritchie

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Don Ritchie, Photo courtesy the author

Don Ritchie. Photo credit: the author

Whenever a public historian asks me whether it’s worth the time and effort to run for office in a historical association, or to serve on a committee, I strongly recommend giving it a try.  Over the nearly forty years I spent at the Senate Historical Office, I calculate that I spent almost half of that time also serving in one elected office or another in various historical associations and beyond that on any number of standing or ad hoc committees.

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