Project Showcase: Cartoon Asheville

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Many history teachers utilize editorial cartoons as vivid historical sources that succinctly encapsulate a range of viewpoints on a topic. Famous examples include the work of Thomas Nast at Harper’s Weekly and John Tenniel at Punch. The perspectives of editorial cartoonists in major cities such as New York, however, did not always illustrate the viewpoints of other parts of the country. Read More

Apex and Oakland: Partnership for Black History education, part 1

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Editors’ Note: This post is part of a [email protected] series that complements The Public Historian volume 40, number 3, which is about the history of the field of Black Museums. The piece, written by educators at Atlanta’s APEX Museum: African American Panoramic Experience and Historic Oakland Cemetery, considers the collaboration between these two institutions around the interpretation of African American history within the context of the emergence of the field of Black Museums described in Jeff Hayward and Christine Larouche’s article “The Emergence of the Field of African American Museums” and African American history more generally. Read More

On NCPH 2020, H.B. 481, and not passing the mic

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On May 7, Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed H.B. 481, the “Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act,” into law in the state (to take effect January 1, 2020). The law, one of several state “heartbeat bills” passed recently, would effectively prohibit women in Georgia from accessing their right to a safe and lawful abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, at about six weeks of pregnancy. Read More

Repair work at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

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Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of reflective posts written by winners of awards given out at the NCPH 2019 annual meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. Sonya Laney received the New Professional award.

In 1902, Charlotte Hawkins Brown took the train from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts to the rural town of Sedalia, North Carolina. Read More

Around the Field May 15, 2019

From around the field this week: applications are due for the New-York Historical Society’s women’s history fellowship by mid-June; registration is now open for our webinar with AASLH on writing for history publications; check out the newest offerings from Routledge Read More

Project Showcase: “For Comfort and Convenience”: Poverty and Material Culture

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In a February blog post for [email protected], Kristin O’ Brassill-Kulfan asked public historians to think about the presentation of poverty in museum settings. That same month, the Wood County Historical Center (WCHC) in Bowling Green, Ohio opened a new exhibit titled For Comfort and Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio By Way of the Poor Farm. Read More

Connecting Clues on the Trail of a Century-Old Black Women’s Club

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Editors’ Note: This post is part of a [email protected] series that complements The Public Historian, volume 40, number 3, which is about the history of the field of Black Museums.

There are multiple paths to the collaborations we value as historical interpreters and practitioners. Read More

Around the Field May 1, 2019

From around the field this week: Registration for inaugural Chesapeake Studies Conference closes at the end of the month; check out CAM’s free webinar on succession planning tomorrow; make sure to look through the latest offerings from Michigan State University Press Read More

Let’s Go Shopping: Stories of Yesteryear Q&A

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Editor’s Note: Our digital media editor Nicole Belolan primarily grew up in rural Pennsylvania, about a 45-minute drive from Wilkes-Barre. As a child, she remembers going frequently to the Wilkes-Barre mall since shopping was limited in her smaller community. When she read about the programming and exhibition at the Luzerne County Historical Society about Wilkes-Barre’s history as a shopping destination, she wanted to learn more. Read More

Reflecting on “Our Only Alma Mater”

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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of reflective posts written by winners of awards given out at the NCPH 2019 annual meeting in Hartford, Connecticut.  Josh Howard of Passel Historical Consulting received the individual “Excellence in Consulting” award. Read More