Public History Book Club

Based on successful discussions at the 2021 Virtual Meeting, the NCPH Professional Development Committee is excited to bring you the Public History Book Club. Keep an eye on this page as new reads and discussions open up, and to see what the group has already read.

Participating in the book club is free, open to everyone, and you don’t have to sign up to join us for every read.

Thursday, August 4, 2022 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern

For our second discussion of 2022, we will be reading Pennhurst and the Struggle for Disability Rights (Penn State University Press, 2020), edited by Dennis B. Downey and James W. Conroy.

The book is available as both a hardcover and e-book at

If you don’t have time to tackle the book, or want to approach the topic from a different medium, check out the following podcast episodes from The Disability History Association Podcast – Episode 26 (Disability, Material Culture, and Public History) and Episode 33 (A Eugenic Institution in Progressive America).

About the August Read

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)