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Editor’s Corner: Complicating Authority

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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

Meeting people where they are: Reinterpreting Freeman Tilden

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Editors’ Note: This is one of two posts reflecting on a working group that met at the 2019 National Council on Public History Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut.

In his 1957 book Interpreting Our Heritage, Freeman Tilden attempted to provide one of the first working definitions of what it means to interpret history and nature to public audiences. Read More

Reinterpreting Freeman Tilden’s Interpreting Our Heritage

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For the 2019 National Council on Public History Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut, I had the pleasure of coordinating the Interpreting Our Heritage in the 21st Century working group with public historian Nick Sacco. Our goal was to take a fresh look at Freeman Tilden’s foundational text, Interpreting Our Heritage (1957), and to consider whether it required “repair work,” which was the annual meeting’s theme. Read More

Editor’s Corner: Commemorating Queer History

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This special issue, guest-edited by historian Melinda Marie Jetté and timed to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City, sparked a query among our editorial alumni and archives to identify just when The Public Historian first embraced the lives of LGBTQ people among our public history constituents. Read More