From #MeToo to systemic cultural change: a public historian’s call to action

The #MeToo movement has shed light on the widespread prevalence of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse, including in scholarly and professional communities. The last two years have shown us that the public history community is no exception. In November 2019, NCPH’s blog, History@Work, published my reflections on public history’s “#MeToo moment” and my recommendations for howContinue reading “From #MeToo to systemic cultural change: a public historian’s call to action”

Article: “What are women’s prisons for?”

Amy Halliday, Chelsea Miller, and Julie Peterson, “‘What are women’s prisons for?’: Gendered states of incarceration and history as an agent for social change,” Museums & Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse 12, no. 1 (April 2017): 56-66, ABSTRACT As the exhibition States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories travels the nation, visitors willContinue reading “Article: “What are women’s prisons for?””

Internship Update: The Third Space in Material Culture

This blog post originally appeared on The Harold, and is part of a series of essays, opinions, and reviews written by students, faculty, and staff of the Institute for Curatorial Practice. As an intern for the Institute for Curatorial Practice, I am particularly struck by ICP’s ability to bring a wide range of collections into one conversation.Continue reading “Internship Update: The Third Space in Material Culture”

body / freedom / art: Rethinking disability through art

This post originally appeared on the National Museum of American History’s blog O Say Can You See Smithsonian Curator Dr. Katherine Ott invited students in Dr. Samuel J. Redman’s Museum/Historic Site Interpretation Seminar to explore the museum’s disability history collections and write blog posts sharing their research. The blogs are part of the celebrations commemorating theContinue reading “body / freedom / art: Rethinking disability through art”

A Definition Intervention: Historicizing Public History

Meringolo, Denise D. Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012. In recent years, debates have festered in the effort to define what “public history” means. In an intervention in the “definition debate,” Denise D. Meringolo issues a call to public historians to move towardContinue reading “A Definition Intervention: Historicizing Public History”

Sharing/Shared Authority: Public Curation through “a Kaleidoscopic Lens”

Bill Adair, Benjamin Filene, and Laura Koloski, eds. Letting Go?: Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World. Philadelphia: Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, 2011. Letting Go?: Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World interrogates the prospect of shared historical authority in public history practice, as a contribution to the “thought leadership” initiatives of theContinue reading “Sharing/Shared Authority: Public Curation through “a Kaleidoscopic Lens””