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Two Significant PA Foundations to Merge

The Barnes Foundation located on the Parkway in Philadelphia, PA. Courtesy of www.aia.com.

The Barnes Foundation and the Violette de Mazia Foundation will merge in the coming months.

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Free online, new issue of Public: A Journal of Imagining America

From Imagining America: The latest issue of Public: A Journal of Imaging America has been published at http://public.imaginingamerica.org/.  The peer-reviewed e-journal is published twice a year, and focuses on humanities, arts, and design in public life.  The newest offering “Hybrid, Evolving, and

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5 steps to a successful digital history project

In a recent post for Public History Commons, Lara Kelland highlighted “the potential for the democratization of historical knowledge made possible by digital tools and the role of public historians in this process.” Like Kelland, I find the marriage of

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“The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” at the New York Public Library

When I visited The New York Public Library last winter in order to learn more about their research collections, I didn’t expect the Children’s Center to make such a profound impact on me. Seeing Christopher Robin Milne’s time-worn and well-loved

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Camilo José Vergara ReceivesNational Humanities Medal

On Wednesday, July 10, President Barack Obama presented 2012 National Humanities Medals to twelve Americans for their achievements in history, literature, higher education, social documentary and cultural criticism.  Medals were presented to historians Edward L. Ayers and Natalie Zemon Davis;

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Upcoming Public Programs Explore Visions of Camden at Stedman Gallery

On Thursday, January 17, the Stedman Gallery at Rutgers-Camden welcomed Camden residents and the campus community to its newest exhibit “Visions of Camden and an Artist’s Talk with featured artist Mickey O’Neill McGrath.  In his talk Brother McGrath praised Visions

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Dinner for Two: The Public Humanities and Academia

In October 2013, an estimated 2,000 people will gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a meal organized by French artists Lucy and Jorge Orta. The event, which is part of the artists’ ongoing public art project called 70×7 The Meal, provides

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“Visions of Camden” Exhibit Opens January 17 at Stedman Gallery

From Rutgers-Camden: CAMDEN — A colorful and diverse display of artwork and artifacts will provide a unique perspective on the rich history of the City of Camden during a special exhibition at the Rutgers–Camden campus that will open Thursday, Jan.

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Frank Furness: Inventing Modern

By Linda Shopes If buildings define a place, then the structures designed by Philadelphia architect Frank Furness (1839 – 1912) define the Philadelphia region as an industrial powerhouse of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  Ranging from the commercial

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Art vs. History, part duex

Last month I pondered the inequity between the support art organizations receive as compared to public history ones. I hope it led some of you to check into what the numbers are in your own state. When I first found

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all-day Colored Conventions in the Ninet...
Colored Conventions in the Ninet...
Apr 24 – Apr 26 all-day
From coloredconventions.org: The Colored Conventions Project (coloredconventions.org) will host a two and half day symposium on April 24-26, 2015. Beginning in 1830 and continuing past the Civil War, once captive and free African Americans came together in national and state
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6:30 pm Grant Writing Clinic with Humani... @ Humanities Council of DC
Grant Writing Clinic with Humani... @ Humanities Council of DC
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Go beyond the basics of proposal writing, and strengthen your grant proposal at the Humanities Council’s Grant Writing Clinic on April 29th. Open to grant-writers at all experience levels, this Grant Writing Clinic will give individualized feedback to each participant
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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
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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,
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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

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