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John Lennon Slept Here: Looking for Fans in Public History

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As I stood in a small room on Menlove Avenue in Liverpool, England, that had belonged to John Lennon, I bopped my head along to the Del-Vikings song playing, looked out at the blue suburban skies, and imagined John Lennon there, doing his dreaming, in this room at his Aunt Mimi’s. Read More

“What Could It Have [Been] Then?”: Reflecting on the origins and historiography of a plantation historic site

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A big house. Stately trees. Curious outbuildings. In 1905, Pennsylvania-born tourist Matilda Kessinger marveled at the landscape before her, “something one always reads about but never sees.” After 18 years of traveling the South, Kessinger had finally found the one place that lived up to her romantic ideals of an antebellum plantation. Read More

Call for pitches and manuscripts: Commemoration and Public History

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Entering the Flight 93 National Memorial galleries in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, a few years ago, my mind was on my achy muscles. My husband and I had just completed an intensive, multiday cooperage workshop at the Somerset Historical Society nearby. We don’t visit western Pennsylvania that often, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to check out the Memorial despite being pretty exhausted. Read More

Seeking a Narrative: Reflections on the National Council on Public History’s Past, Present, and Future

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These past few months, I have had the pleasure of interning at the National Council on Public History (NCPH), largely working on research for the organization’s upcoming 40th  anniversary in 2020. I’ve been helping to think through NCPH’s strategy for commemorating the anniversary, and also digging into the organization’s history. Read More

Preserving Asbury Park’s African American Music Heritage

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Editors’ Note: This post is part of a History@Work series that complements “The Public Historian,” volume 40, number 3, which is about the history of the field of Black Museums.

Entertainment and music are a big piece of Asbury Park’s history. Read More