Editor’s note: This is our first installment following an introduction by David Glassberg and Donna Graves for the “Public Historians in Our Climate Emergency” series. In Leah S. Glaser’s post, she reminds us of how trees and tree preservation play an important role in public history.Read More
Editor’s note: This post begins our year-long series, Our Climate Emergency, co-edited with David Glassberg and Donna Graves. The goal of this series brings together a diverse cohort of public historians, all with different perspectives and backgrounds, to think about the role of public historians and the climate crisis.Read More
The K-25 History Center’s oral history facility is a quiet room near the main entrance, equipped with an easy-to-use interface that makes leaving an oral history simple, yet provides high-quality results. This latest advance in technique is yet another example of the important role of oral history in capturing Oak Ridge history. Read More
The Rio Grande slows to a trickle as it turns north. It’s hardly a picturesque spot, here on the banks of one of the continent’s longest rivers. The scrub is sporadic, the trees are low, and heavily armed security forces from two nations watch you closely. Read More
Editor’s Note: Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of reflective posts written by winners of awards intended to be given out at the NCPH 2020 annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Megan Crutcher of Duquesne University received a graduate student travel award.Read More
At 11:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom formally left the European Union (EU). After three and a half years of national debate and division since the Referendum on British membership in the EU, the first chapter of “Brexit” concluded. Read More
It was a hot, scalding day in Georgia, and I was traveling to a large plantation southwest of town to photograph a wedding. When I arrived at the former plantation, there was a long driveway which led to the Big House—a prominent white structure at the center of the property. Read More
Where I am at home, only the sparsest stars
Arrive at twilight, and then after some effort.
And they are wan, dulled by much travelling.
The smaller and more timid never arrive at all
But stay, sitting far out, in their own dust.Read More
In January, [email protected] published Heather Carpini’s important essay on competing histories. Carpini’s appeal for historians to dig “deeper, past the obvious sources, into the lives of the people who shaped, and were shaped by, a certain place” is an essential call to action. Read More
As historians working in the field, consultants often see value in objects, buildings, landscapes, and locations that may be overlooked by the general public. Living in a community, people can pass a place daily without knowing anything about its history. Or they may have heard the cursory basics—facts that tie it to a major person or event in the town or region. Read More
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