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collaboration

A long journey to the Washington Mall

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Editor’s note: We publish TPH editor James F. Brooks’s introduction to the August 2018 issue of The Public Historian. The entire issue is available online to National Council on Public History members.

On October 28, 2016, the editorial team of The Public Historian waited in a crisp windy dawn for the doors of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to open. 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

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

Reflecting on the first NCPH “extraordinary service” award

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Editor’s note: this is the second in a series of pieces by recipients of NCPH’s 2018 best in public history awards.

On learning that I would be receiving an award for “extraordinary service” to the National Council on Public History, my initial response was to point out that the projects I’ve been involved in have always been group efforts by staff and many other NCPH members. Read More