National Council On public History

Supporting your work in public history for more than 30 yearsJoin or Renew with NCPH!

If your goal is to engage the public in history, then you should be a part of the National Council on Public History. NCPH brings together people, agencies, businesses, and institutions that share your commitment to putting history to work. Click here to Join or Renew your membership today, or check out our Membership Brochure for more information!
(Don’t wish to renew online? Download the Membership Form to mail or fax.)

If you are an Individual, Student, Sustaining, or New Professional member and would like to increase your support of NCPH, please consider joining as a Partner or Patron level member.

Membership Levels

  • Individual – $74
  • Sustaining – $125
  • Student – $35
  • New Professional (recent graduates or others who have been employed less than 3 years) – $45
  • Retired – $55
Institutional and Individual Memberships
  • Patron – $600 (institutions or individuals)
  • Partner – $400 (institutions or individuals)

Institutions can subscribe to our journal, The Public Historian, through the University of California Press.

Gift Memberships

Looking for ways to support a budding public historian? Want to reward a graduating or new student for his/her hard work? Consider giving the gift of an NCPH membership!  Available in the Student, New Professional, Retired, and Individual categories, a gift membership in NCPH comes with all of the standard benefits as well as a connection to a network of over 1,000 public historians.

Membership Benefits (Individuals, as well as Patrons and Partners)

As a member of NCPH, you will receive:

  • The Public Historian – THE definitive voice of the public history profession, The Public Historian offers the latest scholarship and applications from the field. From original research and case studies to broad substantive and theoretical issues, The Public Historian will keep you informed about the ever-expanding and increasingly international study and practice of public history.
    • Published quarterly at the University of California Press.  Individual (including Patron and Partner) members receive four print issues each year and can search/read all 30-plus years of back issues online.
    • “Top quality peer reviewed articles reflect the diversity of the field, and reflect the special challenges of history in the public domain.”–NCPH Member
    • The Public Historian is THE best journal by far for public historians to explore their field and in which to publish their work.” –NCPH Reader
  • Public History News – a quarterly print and online newsletter providing updates on NCPH activities, news on developments in the field, and timely information on upcoming conferences, fellowships, meetings, and position vacancies.
  • JPASS — In collaboration with JSTOR, NCPH is offering a discounted fee for JPASS, a new JSTOR access plan for individuals. Designed for those without institutional access to the JSTOR archival collections, JPASS is ideal for public historians working outside of the academy. It is also valuable for faculty members at institutions with limited access to JSTOR. JPASS includes unlimited reading and 120 article downloads to more than 1,500 humanities, social science, and science journals—including over 300 history journals—in the JSTOR archival collections.
  • A discounted registration rate for the NCPH Annual Conference – an invaluable opportunity for professional development and networking, bringing together specialists in the field, faculty and students from public history programs, and others interested in public history. Student members who present in a session, participate in the poster session, or are discussants in a working group are eligible to apply for one of five Graduate Student Travel Awards.
        • “I think that NCPH is on the cutting edge of putting together a conference that intellectually engages all the participants…NCPH provides lots of ways for folks to engage with one another at a much deeper level than at most conferences.” –Conference Participant
  • A 15% discount on library and archival products; a 10% discount on furniture, and free shipping on library and archival supply orders over $200 (for orders in the lower 48) from Gaylord. Contact the NCPH office for the code.
  • Free access to the ARCUS Leadership Program. Founded with the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2016, ARCUS seeks to support emerging leaders in the cultural resource management, historic preservation, and public history disciplines by providing online coursework and networking around core leadership skills and knowledge, with a special focus on supporting the growth of diversity, inclusion, equity, and access. Our partnership with ARCUS extends for 18 months (November 2020 through May 2022). Email [email protected] for the access code.

NCPH Members Also Benefit From…

What people are saying about NCPH

“This spring I went for the first time to the National Council on Public History conference…

I have never in my life attended such a varied, vibrant and unpretentious conference gathering. Only about 1/3rd the attendees were academic historians. The rest were state and federal employees, archivists and museum workers, school teachers, impassioned civilians. What brought them together is that they were all doing history, and in many cases very fine history indeed. There was none of this ‘let me look at your name tag and see if you are worth talking to’ nonsense, it was more ‘let me talk to you and find out what cool stuff you are doing.’ I had a great time and was very impressed.

They have a peer-reviewed journal and a newsletter and professional standards and all of that, plus passion and fun.”