Editors’ conversation on interpreting immigration, Part 1

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Editors’ Note: Four years ago, outgoing NCPH president Bob Weyeneth called on public historians to “pull back the curtain” on their process. Turning topics of contemporary relevance into public history involves numerous collegial conversations which usually remain behind the scenes. The [email protected] editors thought our readers might be interested in the following conversation prompted by Adina Langer’s development of a new exhibition at the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University. Read More

Clicking is Learning? Musings on Crafting a Holistic Digital History Pedagogy

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“Click here. Click once more. And once more…” As an educational technologist at an undergraduate liberal arts college, I hear these words frequently. I often call on my skills as a public historian when it comes to solving problems related to digital pedagogies and understanding the context of technology in the classroom and beyond. Read More

Around the Field July 11, 2018

From around the field this week: Session and workshop proposals for the 2019 NCPH Annual Meeting are due Sunday, July 15; applications for the Smithsonian’s Travel Research in Equity Collections (TREC) fellowships also due July 15; registration is now open for the Slave Dwelling Project conference; upcoming workshops on Charleston monuments aimed at a local teenage audience (July 12, 17, and 19); De Gruyter seeks online peer review on the text Public History and Schools by next week. Read More

Around the Field June 20, 2018

From around the field this week: Topic proposals for the 2019 NCPH Annual Meeting are available for comment through July 1; the South Asian American Digital Archive is seeking applicants to join its inaugural Archivists’ Collective; the deadline for the “Digital Hermeneutics in History” conference has been extended to June 30; AASLH presents “Speaking Truth to Power: Why Transparency and Accountability Matter” webinar on June 27. Read More

Campus history as public history: Interpreting slavery through historical walking tours

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Can campus history be public history? NCPH members and others, both inside and outside of the academy, have been grappling with this question for years, considering the often-fraught town/gown and faculty/administration relationships many of our colleagues face. The ways that we answer this question have changed significantly over the last decade, however, as dozens of colleges and universities have endeavored to reckon with the reality of their histories, many in response to institutional connections to slavery. Read More

Exploring approaches to civic engagement through “Kitchen Conversations”

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Editor’s note: In this final post in our series on teaching with articles from The Public Historian, Kate Wilson discusses her experiences using Ruth Abram’s essay, “Kitchen Conversations: Democracy in Action at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum” (The Public Historian 29, no. Read More

Summer exchange program: International collaboration in public history

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“What I would like to see in the future is more of an emphasis on cooperation between museums in the international community. In an increasingly connected world, it only serves [to] the benefit of the American public history sector to create bridges with other institutions.”

The above statement is excerpted from the blog I kept during graduate school where I sought to answer the prompt: “The Future of Public History—Where is it Going?” I spent much of my time as a public history student curious about collaborative public history work done across international lines. Read More

Around the Field June 6, 2018

From around the field this week: Topic proposals for the 2019 NCPH Annual Meeting are now available for comment; Funding is available the 2018 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums; The Oral History Center is offering an Advanced Oral History Summer Institute (Aug 6-10); Twenty-four articles from The Public Historian are available free for the rest of the year; Berghahn is releasing several new books in the “Making Sense of History Series” Read More