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Three Events This April

Voting for sessions at the "Telling Untold Histories" unconference.

MARCH and OHMAR (Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region) formed a partnership to host three major events for public historians on the Rutgers University-Camden campus.

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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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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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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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Home Before The Leaves Fall

“Home Before the Leaves Fall: The Great War 1914-1918,” a collaborative commemoration of World War I by heritage and educational institutions through the City of Philadelphia, kicked off at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on June 26. Peter John Williams, author of a pictorial history, Philadelphia The War Years delivered a talk that highlighted Philadelphia’s importance as the third largest city in the United States at the start of World War I and as a manufacturing powerhouse known as the “workshop of the world.” Nearly 60, 000 Philadelphia men and 2,000 Philadelphia women served in World War I and thousands more worked in factories and shipyards supporting the war effort. A large naval yard, munitions manufacturing, and an aviation training facility transformed Philadelphia during the years of the Great War into fully mobilized war time economy more commonly associated with the World War II home front.

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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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Public/Digital | History/Humanities: Conceptualizing the Digital Public Humanities

On February 20, 2014, I gave a talk at Lehigh University in Bethelehem, PA with the rather unwieldy title of Public/Digital | History/Humanities: Conceptualizing the Digital Public Humanities. As I explained to Julia Maserjian, Digital Scholarship Project Manager at Lehigh’s Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, who invited me to speak at Lehigh, it was really important to keep that little | symbol in between two parts of my title. That symbol—called a pipe—is used in the UNIX operating system and has a very particular meaning that I wanted to use as to frame my remarks. I’m no UNIX programmer, but when I was about ten years old my father, who is an electrical engineer and knew that I was interested in computers, told me that I should teach myself UNIX. “It’ll be useful,” he said, while handing me an approximately 700 page book on UNIX written for adults with some background in programming.

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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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Project post: The Quest to Engage the Public in Scholarly Conversations Online

How can the internet change the way that we conduct research in the humanities? This is a question that scholars have been asking since the earliest days of the web, but as our own relationship with the internet develops through

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CFP: Public History in the Digital Age

The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) and Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) have announced a joint conference to be held April 4-5, 2013 at the National Archives II in College Park, Maryland. The program committee

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THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA

Based at MARCH, with numerous community partners, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is a civic project to increase understanding of one of America’s greatest cities. From abolition and the American Revolution to yellow fever and zoos (with cheesesteaks, rowhouses, and hundreds of other topics in between), the digital Encyclopedia and print volume will offer the most comprehensive, authoritative reference source ever created for the Philadelphia region.

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May
21
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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
Sun
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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