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Black History Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Placement at York University

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Editor’s Note: This is piece is written from two perspectives to reflect on a collaborative public history placement at York University in Toronto, Canada. The authors, Alanna Brown and Leena Hussein, are profiled at the end of the piece.


Credible sources are essential to improving both the reliability and credibility of Wikipedia as an academic resource. Read More

The National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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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

The role of curatorial work in our two pandemics part 2: Inside the gallery

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This is the second part of a two-part essay in which I propose five ideas for anti-racist museological work that carries a public health benefit. In Part 2 I looked at the context in which curatorial work takes place and how the institution can set the stage for effective curatorial work for social justice. Read More

Discovering activism and advocacy in historic preservation through my grandparents’ furniture

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Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series of reflections from winners of NCPH awards in 2021. Jacqueline Patrice Hudson is the winner of the NCPH new professional award.

As a young child, I thought visiting my grandparents in Chicago was a fun adventure each summer when my younger sister Jephreda and I got the chance to ride a plane by ourselves (accompanied by an airline employee, of course). Read More

The role of curatorial work in our two pandemics: part 1: A hospitable institutional context

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The United States is confronting two pandemics in tandem: COVID-19, which continues to kill roughly 800 people each day, and systemic, life-threatening anti-Black racism. This latter pandemic has grown up with the U.S. and is far older than it, having traveled to the Americas with Europeans at first contact. Read More

Riding the 1919 Chicago Race riots: biking across divides to confront the past

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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, was the 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Public History Project Award. Read More