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Families and Work Institute Gathering Information on Childhood Education Programs in Museums and Libraries

The Families and Work Institute is working on a new report to investigate the types of knowledge, expertise, and resources institutions are using to create children’s programming.

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Institute for Constitutional History Announces 2015 Seminar: “How Slavery Killed the Constitution of 1787″

The Institute for Constitutional History has announced a seminar for advanced graduate students and junior faculty on February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2015, titled “How Slavery Killed the Constitution of 1787.”

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Dr. Clement Alexander Price, Professor At Rutgers University 1945-2014

MARCH is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Clement Alexander Price, a valued friend and colleague to students, scholars, and humanities professionals, who died on November 5, after suffering a stroke on November 2. Price served as the founding director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. In addition to authoring several books on African American history in New Jersey, Price co-founded the annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series. In 2009, Price gave the Fredric M. Miller Memorial Lecture, sponsored by MARCH, at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. For more information about Price’s achievements and memorial service information, please visit the Rutgers Media Relations webpage.

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Student Community Action Tours: Using the Humanities to Develop Leadership and Inspire Change

In the summer of 2012, middle school students in a leadership training program hosted by the advocacy group Asian Americans United in Philadelphia read about local resistance to plans to locate a new Phillies stadium in Chinatown a decade earlier. They then studied a map of the neighborhood and considered how siting the stadium there might have had different meanings for different groups – people who lived in Chinatown, people who worked there, local government, businesses and real estate companies, and the police, for example.

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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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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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Yes, but what does it all MEAN?

This past fall I taught an undergraduate course on American material culture. It was my first go at this type of course. I’ve taught “traditional” history courses covering everything from medieval & early modern Europe to American women’s history (my

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3D Scanning in Museums: A Q&A with the Smithsonian’s “Laser Cowboys”

In the nineteenth century, cast collections—plaster copies of famous statues and architectural monuments primarily from antiquity and the Renaissance—enabled working people to study and enjoy works of art that previously had only been available to the wealthy elite who could

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On Using Museum Methods in the Classroom: A Case Study With VTS

As a teacher and museum educator, one of my most difficult tasks is helping students move from a mode of passive knowledge consumption to one of critical engagement with information. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method traditionally used in

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Reaching Your Chosen Audience

Thinking about the audience for your digital history project is an important step in any digital history project. Few of us, especially in the nonprofit world, have the luxury of creating these types of online projects without a defined purpose:

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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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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,
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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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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
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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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2:41 pm New Freedom, New Lives: The 42nd... @ Historical Society of D.C.
New Freedom, New Lives: The 42nd... @ Historical Society of D.C.
Nov 12 @ 2:41 pm – Nov 15 @ 3:41 pm
The Conference Committee of the Annual Conference on D.C. Historical Studies cordially invites presentations on all topics relating to the history of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., including nearby Maryland and Virginia as well as the federal government. Particularly welcome are complete

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