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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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New Jersey Council for the Humanities Summer Seminars

From NJCH: Are you a New Jersey educator, or do you know someone who is? NJCH has announced the 2012 summer schedule for the Teacher Institute, courses offering 45 hours of professional development credit. The weeklong seminars are residential on

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Gilder Lehrman Institute Offers 9/11 Summer Seminars for Teachers

From The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: This joint Gilder Lehrman/National September 11 Memorial & Museum seminar for teachers will investigate the historical causes and background, the immediate impact, and the developing legacies of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Is Antiquarianism Unnecessary?

I decided in high school that I wanted to study history and use it in the museum field. This was at a time when there were few museum studies programs around and, at least in my small high school in

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Pubcomm 2011 – Building Public History Collaboration

Nearly 60 public history students, professionals, and faculty attended an inaugural Public History Community Forum organized to build community and collaboration in the Philadelphia region.  Initiated by MARCH and cosponsored by the Temple University Center for Public History, the event

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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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6
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9:30 am Greater Philadelphia Visitor Exp... @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
Greater Philadelphia Visitor Exp... @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
Oct 6 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Organizers of the Greater Philadelphia Visitor Experience Conference have announced the date of their 2014 event.  This year’s conference will be held October 6, 9:30am-6:30pm at the Chemical Heritage Foundation at 315 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia. Proposals are due by
Oct
9
Thu
4:52 pm 1st Annual African and African D... @ CUNY Staten Island
1st Annual African and African D... @ CUNY Staten Island
Oct 9 @ 4:52 pm – Oct 10 @ 5:52 pm
From H-Net: The African American Studies Program (soon to be African and African Diaspora Studies Program) at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island announces its First Annual AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA STUDIES CONFERENCE to be held
Oct
15
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all-day CFP: Learning from the Reservati... @ Deadline
CFP: Learning from the Reservati... @ Deadline
Oct 15 all-day
From MuseWeekly: The National Council for Preservation Education seeks proposals for a conference titled “Learning from the Reservation: Using the Traditional Cultural Place Perspective for Better Decision Making in a Diverse Cultural Landscape.” Deadline: October 15, 2014.  The conference is to highlight
all-day CFP: Society for Applied Anthrop... @ Deadline
CFP: Society for Applied Anthrop... @ Deadline
Oct 15 all-day
From MuseWeekly: The Society for Applied Anthropology seeks proposals for papers, panels, or posters for its 75th annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA on March 24 – 28, 2014. The theme is “Continuity and Change.” Deadline: October 15, 2014. Pre-registration for the conference is
all-day Historic Landscapes Symposium: T... @ Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Historic Landscapes Symposium: T... @ Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Oct 15 – Oct 18 all-day
From The American Public Gardens Association: Like rings in a tree, our gardens have stories to tell. How do we give voice to our gardens’ histories? Join historic landscape and garden professionals as we explore, learn, and share strategies for interpreting our

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