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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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Exhibits of Freedom: Black History in Philadelphia Museums All Year Round

During my year as a graduate fellow at the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater-Kent, the most frequently requested lesson by visiting elementary and middle school groups was invariably the Quest for Freedom program. This ninety minute experience begins with

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If You Care About Women, You Should Edit Wikipedia Differently

Although controversies over gender and Wikipedia have been in the news recently, a current study, It’s a Man’s Wikipedia? Assessing Gender Inequality in an Online Encyclopedia, using computational linguistics takes on gender bias in the encyclopedia as a whole. A team of

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A Winter Tour of Winterthur

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Delaware, at a DuPont family estate that opened as a museum in 1952, is the single largest collection of American antiques anywhere, at least according to our guide at the Winterthur Museum, Garden,

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Telling Untold Histories: An Unconference for Public Historians

Much of the history I write involves absences, erasures, and silences in the historical record and I am a huge proponent of unconferences, so I was doubly excited to learn about an upcoming event that combines both! Telling Untold Histories:

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The Many Meanings of ‘Memorial’

Over the last year as I prepared for a comprehensive PhD exam in public history and engaged in research for various essays, as well as for this monthly blog, I’ve become increasingly interested in the issue of what if anything

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Redcoats, Hessians, and Smallpox (Oh My): Finding Forgotten 18th Century Histories at the Old Barracks

In the spring of 2011 two historians at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey created a course that brought students to several notable sites across the state while simultaneously teaching them about the origins of historic preservation programs nationwide, the rise

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May
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2:00 pm Women’s History in the Digital W... @ Bryn Mawr College
Women’s History in the Digital W... @ Bryn Mawr College
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – May 22 @ 4:30 pm
Women’s History in the Digital World 2015, the second conference of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education, will be held on the campus of Bryn Mawr College on May 21-22. Featuring more than 80 presenters, and projects
Jun
3
Wed
all-day New Jersey History and Historica...
New Jersey History and Historica...
Jun 3 – Jun 4 all-day
From New Jersey Historic Trust: The date for the 2015 New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference.  The event will be held June 3-4, 2015 in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. The June 3 opening reception features guest speaker Robert Wittman,
Sep
30
Wed
2:53 pm Imagining America: Artists and S... @ The Lord Biltmore Hotel
Imagining America: Artists and S... @ The Lord Biltmore Hotel
Sep 30 @ 2:53 pm – Oct 3 @ 3:53 pm
The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. Together, they explore the power of shared
Oct
11
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4:39 pm 4th Annual Greater Philadelphia ... @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
4th Annual Greater Philadelphia ... @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
Oct 11 @ 4:39 pm – Oct 13 @ 5:39 pm
The PVEC planning committee is now accepting proposals for session topics around the 2015 theme is “Access Granted: Visitor Experience in the Digital Age.” Organized in 2011, PVEC hopes to create dialog and ideas around ongoing issues in the Visitor
Oct
21
Wed
2:20 pm 2015 MAAM Conference
2015 MAAM Conference
Oct 21 @ 2:20 pm – Oct 23 @ 3:20 pm
Building Communities: Embracing Diversity in All We Do October 21-23, 2015 Philadelphia, PA Proposals due: April 2, 2015 MAAM, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, represents current and emerging museum professionals, organizations, institutions and museum service providers via a collective forum

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