Author: Cross Ties

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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Clement Price: Master Crafter of a Vital Public Square

Clement A. Price, who died November 5, 2014, following a stroke, compiled an extraordinary record of public humanities work that serves as inspiration for practitioners across the region and beyond.

Demographic Changes in the U.S.: What Do They Mean for the Humanities?


By Linda Shopes If current trends continue, by 2060 58 percent of the population of the United States will be nonwhite, with Hispanics forming the largest minority/majority.  In that same year, the number of Americans under 5 and over 85

Student Community Action Tours: Using the Humanities to Develop Leadership and Inspire Change

In the summer of 2012, middle school students in a leadership training program hosted by the advocacy group Asian Americans United in Philadelphia read about local resistance to plans to locate a new Phillies stadium in Chinatown a decade earlier. They then studied a map of the neighborhood and considered how siting the stadium there might have had different meanings for different groups – people who lived in Chinatown, people who worked there, local government, businesses and real estate companies, and the police, for example.

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Reimagining the Nation:
Maps, Censuses, and Museums

Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Senior Vice President of Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, delivered the 2014 Fredric M. Miller Lecture on May 8 at the Philadelphia History Museum.