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Denise Meringolo

Disrupting institutional power: Imagining a regional model for public history education

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As the number of public history programs continues to grow, public history educators compete for students, grants, and partners. We flood cultural organizations with interns and redundant projects. Budgetary uncertainty forces educators working in state systems to make competing claims of primacy and excellence, pitting our programs against one another. Read More

James Oliver Horton: an appreciation

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James Oliver Horton, emeritus professor of history and American Studies at the George Washington University, died on February 20, 2017 after a long illness.

Jim Horton was, at heart, a teacher. A former student, Dr. Laurel Clark Shire, recalled his tremendous faith that “all history, no matter how sophisticated or basic, could be presented to any audience.” Read More

The American Civilization Institute: A case study in radical public history education

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Typically, the origins of public history education have been traced either to early twentieth-century applied history programs or to the first named public history program established in the 1970s at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Neither group of founders understood public history as a distinct field. Read More

How should NCPH commemorate the past and help shape the future of federal preservation policy?

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The year 2016 is a momentous one for public historians in the United States, particularly those who work for and with federal agencies. The National Park Service will mark the 100th anniversary of its founding, and the National Historic Preservation Act will have been in effect for 50 years. Read More

Post Conference Review #2: Ottawa Labor History Walking Tour

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Editor’s note: This post continues the series of conference city reviews published by The Public Historian in the Public History Commons

Ottawa Labor History Walking Tour, April 17, 2013. NCPH Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Creators: Workers History Museum in partnership with Graduate Students from Carleton University. Read More

NCPH 2013 Book Award: Public history's surprising roots

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Editors’ Note:  This series showcases the winners of the National Council on Public History’s annual awards for the best new work in the field.  Today’s post is by Denise Meringolo, whose book Museums, Monuments, and National Parks:  Toward a New Genealogy of Public History is the winner of the 2013 NCPH Book Award.

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