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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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The Battery’s Down: Monuments and Memorials of Lower Manhattan

Though I traveled to Ellis Island from New Jersey, it is also possible to take a ferry there from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan, an area of the island home to a number of fascinating monuments and

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Ruth, Ellis, Sandy, and Me: Personal History Meets Public Memory

This post is personal. It is about my grandmother, a school trip I took when I was twelve, and a statewide tragedy. It is also about who we are as people, products of our genetics and our environment. Ruth Bruss

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Goin’ North

In addition to the commemorations of the Centennial of the Great War that have been occurring throughout the city this past year, another related anniversary is almost upon Philadelphia. In 1916, in large part because of the war-related defense boom

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