2022 Virtual Programs

Welcome to the home of the National Council on Public History’s 2022 virtual offerings!

Public History Educators Meet Up Series

The Public History Educators Meet Up is an informal, 45-minute Zoom gathering, centered on an organizing question or theme and hosted by NCPH’s Curriculum and Training Committee. The meet ups will allow our great community of public history educators from around the country to connect with each other, collaborate on challenges, celebrate triumphs, and continue to inspire each other. They are a short break in the middle of your week to be with your peers.

The first meet up was held December 14, 2022. View the full list of past and upcoming meet ups here.

Public Historians and Burnout: A Discussion

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 12:00 PM EST

Job precarity, overwork, low salaries, and the pandemic—these are only some of the stressors weighing on the minds of government historians and public history professionals. Join the NCPH Government Historians Committee and Raina Regan, author of the The Burnout Crisis in Historic Preservation, to discuss how our workplaces should address the structural factors that contribute to burnout and how we can advocate for mentally healthy workplaces. Make sure to read the article before you attend the meeting, and bring your questions and concerns to discuss with Raina and your fellow public historians. Raina will also provide us with additional resources that we can use in our daily work.

Raina Regan is the author and creator of Uplifting Preservation, a newsletter of uplifting ideas on how to cultivate mentally healthy preservation professionals and workplaces informed by research from experts in psychology, business, and management. Uplifting Preservation is informed by Raina’s over decade of professional experience in the historic preservation field, working for both nonprofit and government organizations in Indiana and Washington, DC.

What We Learned About Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment in Public History

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Featuring: John Dichtl and Bethany Hawkins, AASLH; Heidi Kartchner, Oberg Research; Mary Rizzo, NCPH board-led Subcommittee on Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment; Stephanie Rowe, NCPH

Read the full press release here.

Read the full report here.

Watch the recording of the webinar reviewing the report on YouTube.

In 2020, the National Council on Public History (NCPH) and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) launched an online survey about sexual harassment and gender discrimination in public history. The effort was the culmination of more than a year of work by members of NCPH’s board-led Subcommittee on Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (GDSH).

The purpose of this survey was to gather data which will inform the field on the subject and help offer suggestions to public history sites and educational institutions about how to create more safe and equitable work environments. NCPH and AASLH contracted with Oberg Research to issue a 2022 report to the public history field about how gender discrimination and sexual harassment take place, who is most vulnerable, and whether current workplace and professional association policies are failing our efforts at diversity, equity, and inclusion. Using this report, NCPH and AASLH plan to put the needs of the survivors at the center of our responses to the survey and will work with them to create supportive community structures where possible and wanted.

The Russian Invasion of ukraine: How Can Public Historians Respond?

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

A recording of Dr. Susan Smith-Peter’s presentation is available on YouTube.

After an overview of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s misuse of history as an attempt to justify his unprovoked attack on Ukraine, Dr. Susan Smith-Peter led a discussion on how public historians can respond to the situation, both collectively and individually. Public historians need to play a key role in making sure that factual information reaches the public and that misinformation is effectively countered.

Susan Smith-Peter is Professor of History and Director of the Advanced Certificate in Public History at the College of Staten Island/ CUNY. She has published widely on Russia and Ukraine for more than 20 years, both for academic and general audiences. She received her Ph.D. in Russian history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001.


Interested in learning more about what makes an effective book, museum, film, or podcast review? The editors of The Public Historian are offering free workshops on writing reviews. We will talk about the structure of a review, writing tips, and more. Open to all, but graduate students and new professionals are particularly welcome. We look forward to discussing reviewing with you.

Tuesday, February 15, 11:00 – 12:30 Pacific / 2:00 – 3:30 Eastern (THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL)

Thursday, March 10, 10:00 – 11:30 Pacific / 1:00 – 2:30 Eastern (THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL)

If we add another workshop it will be posted here and shared to social media.