Category: Public History Matters

Everyone Has a Story Veterans Oral History TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE Oral historians often say, time waits for no one.  When the voices of those who have lived through history go silent, they are lost forever.  That is why we must locate, capture, preserve, and share these important stories as much as we can […]

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Changing Culture, Changing History   “Modernity is kind of a tradition and tradition itself is not a rulebook. It’s a dialogue and a dialectical process— just as tradition affects us, we too affect tradition and culture, and we change it.”― Sharanya Haridas, author and poet   This post is inspired by Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?, […]

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  What’s more important: The museum experience or the history?   In “Want to do something good for yourself and the people you love? Go to a museum,” business marketing expert Colleen Dilenschneider gives us ten good reasons we should visit art, history, and specialty museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, arboretums, nature centers, […]

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You Call That Real Food? Thoughts on food heritage for public historians   “Seriously, do you call this real Italian food?” exclaimed a disappointed patron at one of those touristy red-white-green strip mall eateries. “Sure I do,” replied the twenty-something manager seemingly unfazed by the criticism. “Our food is as good as Olive Garden.  What’s […]

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Artifacts help tell history’s story, not the other way around   As recent as May 2019, researchers made a profound discovery of an historical artifact, and it may turn out to be one of our nation’s most significant and powerful reminders of our worst history–slavery. National Geographic archeologist Fredrik Hiebert says, “The discovery of the […]

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Filmmaker Chris Padgett recognizes the value of community-based storytelling. His recently released video trailer for Rivertown Anthology: Voices of Beaver County is just the beginning of what promises to be a highly creative and deeply thoughtful ongoing film series about “the people and their stories” in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Padgett’s work falls in line with […]

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