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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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An Auxiliary Nurse’s Armistice Day

In November of 1920 Alma Adelaide Clarke had been home from the Great War for over year, but her tireless work on behalf of the Red Cross had yet to end. In recognition of her contribution, she, along with hundreds of other New York Red Cross workers received an invitation to participate in a parade on the second Armistice Day.

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Halloween Post: An App for Exploring an Historic Cemetery

This past Halloween weekend the exhibition Sylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art and Landscape at Woodlawn Cemetery closed at the Wallach Gallery at Columbia University (Sept 3 – Nov 1, 2014).  Woodlawn Cemetery, one of the country’s most significant 19th-century garden cemeteries is currently

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A purposefully prosaic approach to digital pedagogy, or stealthing digitally

As a result of my involvement with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), I’m often asked how to introduce students to learning digitally. I have to confess I am tempted to answer, rather unhelpfully, digital pedagogy changes everything changes nothing. The more teaching I do digitally, the more I learn how to teach digitally, but I am always doing the same thing, facilitating student learning. The following tips build on the excellent work done for NITLE by Rebecca Frost Davis, Katherine D. Harris, Lisa Spiro, Kathryn Tomasek, and Adeline Koh and Jesse Stommel at Hybrid Pedagogy.

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The Great River-to-River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Walking Tour of Philadelphia: Or Why My Feet Hurt

When I heard about the annual Great River-to-River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Walking Tour of Philadelphia I knew I had to skip a day of schoolwork to go. Even though my feet still hurt days later, it was definitely worth a twelve-hour urban trek for the chance to see several experienced guides in action, to learn about innumerable city sites, to run through a range of small but fascinating museums, and even to listen to costumed interpreters portraying key historical figures including founder William Penn, patriot Dr. Benjamin Rush, and political martyr Octavius Catto.

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Through a Lens, Clearly: The Civil Rights Movement in the Camera’s Eye

By Gail Friedman It has been more than 50 years since television news and picture magazines began bringing into American living rooms a spate of searing images from Little Rock, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Washington, D.C., heightening the visibility and

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A Sad Summer

In the past month and a half, we studiers and practitioners of historic preservation and historic trades lost two important people who contributed immeasurably to our understanding of the past. At the end of July, suddenly and without warning, Jay

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Summer Fruits of the Humanities

Recent observances around the on-going 150th anniversary of the Civil War have highlighted the great popular interest in how war affected the lives of everyday people. New Jersey now has a window into everyday lives during the American Revolution, thanks to the good work of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area.

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Pinterest for Public History

Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board to which users “pin” images. With 25 million users and the ability to drive more clicks than any other social media site, including Facebook, Pinterest is an alluring platform for public history. In June I offered a workshop at MARCH aimed at small- to medium-sized organizations with new users who have limited time to devote to social media.

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Star-Spangled Tourism: Nineteenth Century History and Twenty-First Century Heritage at Fort McHenry

Like World War I and the Korean War, the War of 1812 is sometimes termed a ‘forgotten war.’  At the Price of Freedom exhibit in the Smithsonian Museum of American History it is grouped alongside the Mexican War, Spanish-American War,

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Dec 3 @ 12:30 pm – Dec 7 @ 1:30 pm
From the American Anthropological Association: The American Anthropological Association will hold its 113th annual conference,  Producing Anthropology, in Washington, D.C. from December 3-7.  More information will be available on the conference website at: http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/index.cfm
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all-day CFP: Retooling Remembrances @ Deadline
CFP: Retooling Remembrances @ Deadline
Dec 15 all-day
From H-Net: The planning committee for the conference Retooling Remembrances: Technology and Memory are seeking papers proposals about technology and memory in the American experience from the colonial period to the recent past.  The conference will be held April 18, 2015,
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9:00 am American Catholic Historical Ass...
American Catholic Historical Ass...
Jan 2 @ 9:00 am – Jan 5 @ 10:00 am
The American Catholic HIstorical Association has announced the dates of its 2015 conference.  The event will be held January 2-5, 2015 in New York, New York. Event information will be updated at: http://www.achahistory.org/conferences/
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Jan 2 @ 12:00 pm – Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm
The American Historical Association’s 2015 meeting, “History and the Other Disciplines” will be held January 2-5, 2015 in New York, New York.  Details will be added as they are available.  Please visit the conference site: https://www.historians.org/annual-meeting  
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all-day CFP: Oral History in the Mid-Atl... @ Deadline
CFP: Oral History in the Mid-Atl... @ Deadline
Jan 5 all-day
From H:OralHist: OHMAR is delighted to accept proposals for its 2015 annual meeting around this year’s theme,“Oral History and Health.” OHMAR invites participants to interpret the conference theme broadly. Some ideas are below. The topics are meant to inspire creativity

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