Public History Book Club

2024 Season

Based on successful discussions at the 2021 Virtual Meeting and past book club discussions, the NCPH Professional Development Committee is excited to bring back the Public History Book Club. Participating in the book club is free, open to everyone, and you don’t have to sign up to join us for every read. In 2024, the committee is planning four reads (one of which will be in person at the annual meeting in April 2024):

  • Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann – Thursday, March 7
  • Public History for a Post-Truth Era, by Liz Ševcenko – Thursday, June 13
  • A Nation of Descendants: Politics and the Practice of Genealogy in US History, by Francesca Morgan – Thursday, August 8

All discussions will be held at 7:00 pm Eastern on the date listed. Register at to receive the Zoom links.

Previous Reads

July 8, 2021 – Mary Rizzo’s Come and Be Shocked: Baltimore Beyond John Waters and the Wire (John Hopkins University Press, 2020)
August 12, 2021 – Clint Smith’s How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America (Little, Brown and Company, 2021)
September 9, 2021 – Tiya Miles’ All That She Carried (Penguin Random House, 2021)
June 8, 2022 – ed. Denise Meringolo’s Radical Roots: Public History and a Tradition of Social Justice Activism (Amherst College Press, 2021)
August 4, 2022 – Dennis B. Downey’s and James W. Conroy’s Pennhurst and the Struggle for Disability Rights (Penn State University Press, 2020)