Author: Cross Ties

The Museum of Chinese in America: Continuity and Change

In its 37-year history, the Museum of Chinese in America has evolved from activist-inspired community organization to major cultural institution, even as its staff has maintained the museum’s original vision and core values.

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The (Uncertain) Fate of Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments

Over the last year, a commission in Baltimore has wrestled with the presence of Confederate monuments in the city. In this month’s feature, Elizabeth Nix (pictured above with the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument) reflects on her service on the commission.

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Redevelopment Achieves Mixed Results at Historic Site in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Chloe Taft’s book From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial City opens new avenues for evaluating the redevelopment of the massive steel manufacturing site in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, following the plant’s shutdown in 1995. In the years leading up to the 2009 opening of the Sands Casino in that spot, MARCH invested in the effort to realize an historical interpretation of the site.

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Baltimore and the National Council on Public History Annual Conference

Sharing Baltimore’s history is essential work, necessary to make sense of the past, present, and future and to both understand and negotiate the racial divides that still mark every street corner and corner store in the city.

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Mill Stories: Deindustrialization as Public History

Public historians at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) accepted the challenge of collecting video oral histories of workers associated with Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point, Maryland plant, and company town right after the plant’s owner went bankrupt and closed it in 2012.

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Rethinking New Jersey’s Whitall House

Jennifer Janofsky offers an insider’s view of the Whitall House (pictured above) at Red Bank Battlefield Park in New Jersey.

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Author Interview: Interpreting LGBT History

Susan Ferentinos, author of Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites, is interviewed by CrossTies contributing editor Linda Shopes.

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