Editors’ Note: We publish the editor’s introduction to the May 2023 issue of The Public Historian here. The entire issue is available online to National Council on Public History members and to others with subscription access.
This issue brings several articles that explore the concept of authority in public history, an idea that has long shaped debates about how we define our field. Read More
Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series of reflections from winners of NCPH awards in 2022. Joan Zenzen is the winner of the Excellence in Consulting Individual Awardfor her work on Using Oral History to Affect Community Change: Action in Montgomery at its 20th Anniversary. Read More
Editors’ Note: We publish the editor’s introduction to the August 2022 issue of The Public Historian here. The entire issue is available online to National Council on Public History members and to others with subscription access.Read More
Editors’ Note: We publish the editor’s introduction to the November 2021 issue of The Public Historian here. The entire issue is available online to National Council on Public History members and to others with subscription access.
This issue introduces a new ongoing feature, Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution, a collaboration between the National Council on Public History (NCPH) and the National Park Service (NPS). Read More
On more than 3,200 acres of land in South Fairfax County, twenty miles from Washington, DC, there is a patchwork of new housing developments and recreational facilities. Dispersed throughout these new features on the landscape are old brick buildings that constitute the Workhouse Arts Center, a not-for-profit organization supporting artist studios and gallery spaces.Read More
Public monuments chart development within a cultural form at the same time they commemorate historical events. Maya Lin found inspiration in British architect Edwin Lutyens’s enduring World War I monuments when she designed her brilliant Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1981-82). In contrast, the World War I Memorial recently inaugurated with the raising of its first flag in Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D. Read More
Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series of reflections from winners of NCPH awards in 2021. Jerome De Groot is the winner of the G. Wesley Johnson Award. This ward is named in honor of the founding editor of The Public Historian.Read More
In January 2020, the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum opened in Carson City, Nevada. Since the boarding school’s closure in 1980, former students and their families had urged the state of Nevada to commemorate alumni experiences as a means of recognizing their trauma and need for healing. Read More
Editor’s note: This essay is part of a series of reflective posts written by winners of awards intended to be given out at the NCPH 2020 annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The “Chicago 1919” project, organized by the Newberry Library, received 2020 Outstanding Public History Project Award.Read More
When HBO’s Watchmenaired on October 20th last year, it introduced millions of Americans to the explosive episode of racial terror that gripped the black residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma from May 30th to June 1st, 1921. The TV show dramatizes how white Americans used guns and even makeshift bombs to destroy millions of dollars in property and murdered an estimated 100 to 300 African Americans over the course of three days (the “aftermath” of which is pictured here).Read More
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