Museums, historic societies, historic sites, archives, and libraries around the country have tackled historical topics that just a few decades ago would have been unthinkable—from the history of slavery in the north to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, from the lives of gays and lesbians to Japanese internment—to present a more complete narrative of our past. Doing so means delving into complex and controversial topics. Not doing so means that our sites and institutions will become increasingly irrelevant to a rapidly changing public.
Telling Untold Histories is the first unconference in the South Jersey/Philadelphia region that will help public historians and historical organizations incorporate these stories into their work. This unconference will explore the hows and whys of engaging subjects that challenge our audiences’ expectations and expand their thinking.