Working Groups


NCPH working groups are seminar-like conversations of 8-14 people before and during the annual conference that explore, in-depth, a subject of shared concern.  Working groups have a purpose they are working toward, a problem they are actively trying to solve.  The working group proposal must articulate this as well as an end product(s) that the group seeks to create.


Two things.  When a group convenes at the annual meeting, the conversation has already begun. Participants are invested in the outcome. Facilitators have had time to refine their questions and perhaps refocus on the issues.  Second, facilitators lead their group in  developing an end product, such as an article, a list of resources, an exhibit, a manifesto, a white paper, or a new collaborative project.

HOW DO I join a working group?

2019 working groups have been selected and the 2019 Call for Working Group Discussants has been extended for select groups through October 22! if you are interested in joining a 2019 working group, fill out this form by October 22. Working group facilitators will make their decisions by late October.

2019 working groups

Building The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook

Facilitators: Sheila Brennan, Independent Historian
Bill Bryans, Oklahoma State University
Modupe Labode, IUPUI
Kimberly Springle, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
William Walker, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta
Robert Weible, Independent Historian

Repairing National Register Nominations: the Struggles and Challenges of Maintaining Accurate Documentation in a Changing World

Facilitators: Jennifer Betsworth, New York State Historic Preservation Office
Heather Carpini, S&ME
Joanna Doherty, Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission
Sarah Kautz, Preservation Long Island
Michelle Lee McClellan, Ella Sharp Museum

Early Career Public History Academics: Questions, Issues, Resources

Facilitators: Torren Gatson, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Jennifer LeZotte, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Mary Rizzo, Rutgers University-Newark
M.J. Rymsza-Pawlowska, American University

Making Radical Repairs: How to Tell an Inclusive Story when your Collections are Stuck in the Past

Facilitator: Carrie Villar, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Listening Is Emotional Labor: Self-Repair and Community Care

Facilitators: Diana Lempel, Practice Space Design Studio
Sady Sullivan, Oral History Consultant
Marieke Van Damme, Cambridge Historical Society

Economic Justice and the Ethics of Public History (Part II)

Facilitators: Rachel Boyle, Newberry Library
Dan Ott, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Stella Ress, University of Southern Indiana

Pre-accepted Discussants: Catherine Fleming Bruce, Tnovsa Global Commons
Rachael Finch, Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation
Nichelle Frank, University of Oregon
Kimber Heinz, Bull City 150, Duke University
Jess Lamar Reece Holler, Caledonia Northern Folk Studios Theodore Karamanski, Loyola University Chicago

Interpreting Our Heritage in the 21st Century

Facilitators: Allison Horrocks, National Park Service
Nick Sacco, National Park Service

Repairing Historic Sites: The Successes and Challenges of Working Under and with Consortia

Facilitators: Libbie Hawes, Cliveden of the National Trust
Craig Stutman, Delaware Valley University
Carolyn Wallace, Cliveden of the National Trust