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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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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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all-day The Past, Present and Future of ... @ Westminster Choir College
The Past, Present and Future of ... @ Westminster Choir College
Jan 30 – Feb 1 all-day
From MuseumL: To further research on how music scholars, performers, educators, journalists and industry professionals can engage the public,Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey will host a three-day conference on public musicology from January 30 to February
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all-day CFP: Pennsylvania Historical Ass... @ Deadline
CFP: Pennsylvania Historical Ass... @ Deadline
Mar 1 all-day
From H-Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania Historical Association invites proposals for its 2015 Annual Meeting to be hosted by Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania, October 8-10, 2015. The program committee welcomes and encourages proposals on all aspects of Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic history.
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all-day Art in Architecture/Architecture...
Art in Architecture/Architecture...
Mar 21 – Mar 22 all-day
From H-DC: Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians will hold the 11th Biennial Symposium of the Historic Development of Metropolitan Washington, DC, on March 21-22, 2015 at the Catholic University of America. Paper sessions will be held on the 21st,
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all-day Society for Applied Anthropology... @ Omni William Penn Hotel
Society for Applied Anthropology... @ Omni William Penn Hotel
Mar 24 – Mar 28 all-day
From MuseWeekly: The Society for Applied Anthropology will hold its 75th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from March 24-28, 2015 at the Omni William Penn Hotel.  The theme is Continuity and Change, and planners hope to explore and celebrate the Society’s long
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all-day Annual Conference of the Eastern... @ Rowan University
Annual Conference of the Eastern... @ Rowan University
Mar 27 – Mar 28 all-day
Submitted by Simon Bronner: The Eastern American Studies Association has announced the dates of its annual conference, Land and Sea– Geography, Economy, and Culture in the American Experience, to be held March 27-28, 2015 at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

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