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Struggling to Preserve: Washington DC’s Archives and Public Records Office

Sanborn Map showing location of stables now housing the DC Archives (Library of Congress).

By Matthew B. Gilmore

Thirty years after its foundation, the DC Office of Public Records struggles to preserve the records of the District of Columbia government.

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A Flight and A Flood: National Memorials of Western Pennsylvania

The image on the left shows the Wall of Names of those who died aboard Flight 93, adjacent to the wooden gate leading to the crash site, as well as some of the items left behind on the day that I visited.   The image on the right shows the future visitors center currently under construction.

Living along the shore, with so much history within a few hours distance, it is sometimes easy to forget just how many monuments, memorials, and museums are in places further afield such as upstate New York or western Pennsylvania. Indeed,

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Vergara’s Harlem: The Capital of Black America in Transition

Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto front cover.

By Howard Gillette

In the twenty years since his landmark book, The New American Ghetto, appeared, the New York-based photographer Camilo Jose Vergara’s role in bringing the face of inner city life to wide public attention has brought him considerable acclaim.

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Controversy in Public History … Can We Move Beyond Relativism?

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian website.

Public historians took a battering 20 years ago through highly public struggles over two Smithsonian exhibits.

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Students as Authors of the Past

Earlier this month, I had one of those moments. A noted scholar asked for a copy of my undergraduate honors thesis to use in fleshing out a book chapter. While I’ve received a few similar requests over the years, and was

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DC Metro Korean War Memory: Land, Sea, and Air

Standing out prominently over the reflecting pool, near the flagpole that forms the focal point of the national Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, is the inscribed message that “Freedom Is Not Free.” These words appear larger than the

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Lighting Up Our National Pastime in Our Nation’s Capital

View of Crosley Field from behind home plate, from "over 60 years ago." Photo taken by the father of Rob Lambert, via Flickr.

There’s something about a night game, especially in our nation’s capital. The excitement of the crowd as they arrive at the stadium after the work day is finished; the way the steam comes off the grill for the ballpark food

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