Content Categorized ‘public history’


Posted on April 6, 2011 under public history, thatcamp | 3 Comments

We had a fun, thought-provoking THATcamp unconference today in conjunction with the NCPH annual meeting here in surprisingly beautiful and charming Pensacola.  It was less technical perhaps than some other THATcamps, but it was great to be rooted in public history mindsets and methodologies, and to meet some passionate colleagues. A few standout sessions and […]

From Off the Wall: historical diaries on twitter

Posted on March 23, 2011 under public history

Crossposted from NCPH’s Off the Wall blog, for which I wrote this post under the benevolent editorship of Cathy Stanton.  I’ve closed comments–do comment over there.  Many unlikely and whimsical projects flourish on Twitter, the popular microblogging service just celebrating its fifth birthday. Big Ben strikes the hour (“bong bong bong”), encounters with near-earth objects […]

The conference of my dreams

Posted on March 3, 2011 under history of science, history of technology, public history | 2 Comments

Call for Papers: The Public History of Science and Technology University of South Carolina Columbia, SC September 11-14, 2011 What role does history play in the general public’s understanding of science and technology? History is often the tool for hooking audiences and making science relevant to daily life.  From anecdotal introductions to sidebars in science […]

Let a thousand THATCamps bloom

Posted on February 21, 2011 under public history, thatcamp | 1 Comment

Or, you know, two.  In April.  That I’m attending. Yes, indeed, the beloved unconferences on technology and the humanities are proliferating pleasantly, and I’m pleased to be going to two in the near future. Please try to come to one or both of these below: First off:  Great Lakes THATCamp was so great last year […]

Book Review: A Skeptic’s Guide to Writer’s Houses

Posted on February 4, 2011 under museums, public history

Historic house museums are in trouble. Everybody says so. There are so many of them in North America, and they’re one of the most financially precarious types of museums, but they continue to proliferate. We have conference sessions called “Why are historic house tours so boring?”  Museum folks write practical books about doing something more […]

Museums in the news

Posted on December 16, 2010 under museums, public history

I expect you all have heard about the controversy regarding a work pulled under political pressure by the Smithsonian from the queer portraiture show “Hide/Seek” at the National Portrait Gallery. For background, Tyler Green has been covering this story exhaustively.  Apparently the word to cut “A Fire in My Belly” came directly from Secretary Wayne Clough, who has otherwise by all accounts been doing good […]

Some public memories

Posted on November 11, 2010 under public history, Uncategorized

The public image of what the war was like (bloody and muddy) and meant (pointless) has remained strikingly constant over the last four decades. An interesting analysis of public memory of WWI in Britain, posted recently on H-Public. Memorialization is always fraught and problematic.  But we can’t let Wilfred Owen do our history work for […]

Presentation resources

Posted on October 1, 2010 under public history | 1 Comment

This weekend is the SHOT conference, which this year happens in Tacoma, and which I am sad not to be able to attend, especially since last year’s conference was so interesting and energizing. (Do please keep us up to date if you’re there.) However, this is an excellent opportunity to respond to a request for […]


Posted on August 24, 2010 under museums, public history, Uncategorized

A few links on public history from around these webs: Please start reading the excellent Fredericksburg Remembered and its sister blog Mysteries and Conundrums from folks from the NPS at Fredericksburg.   Thanks to @jmcclurken for bringing them to my attention. The Civil War Augmented Reality Project is a neat project prototyping AR binoculars for […]


Posted on August 3, 2010 under public history

We held a Maker Faire at my institution this past weekend, and it was an amazing expression of artistic/technological creativity. There were around 300 makers, and several tens of thousands of visitors who had to the opportunity to learn how to solder, knit and pick locks; to ride on strange bicycle merry-go-rounds; to watch and […]