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Forum Documents

Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service

National Park Service Conservation Institute, Stronger Together: A Manual on the Principles and Practices of Civic Engagement. 

Recent Valley Forge Scholarship

Bodle, Wayne.  The Valley Forge Winter: Civilians and Soldiers in War.  University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002.

Bodle, Wayne.  “Generals and Gentlemen”: Pennsylvania Politics and the Decision for Valley Forge.”  Pennsylvania History 62, no. 1 (Winter 1995): 59-89.

Bryan, Mark Evans. “Slideing into Monarchical extravagance”: Cato at Valley Forge and the Testimony of William Bradford Jr.” William & Mary Quarterly 67, no. 1 (January 2010): 123-144.

Buchanan, John.  The Road to Valley Forge: How Washington Built the Army that Won the Revolution.  Hoboken: John Wiley, 2004.

Fleming, Thomas. “Myth and Truth at Valley Forge.” American History 40, no. 5 (December 2005): 42-73.

Holt, Sharon Ann.  “Why George Washington Let the Army Starve: Necessity Meets Democracy at Valley Forge.” Pennsylvania Legacies 2, no. 1 (May 2002): 6-10, 12.

Jackson, John W.  Valley Forge: Pinnacle of Courage.  Gettysburg: Thomas Publications, 1992.

Kashatus, William C. III. “The Apotheosis of George Washington: America’s Cincinnatus and The Valley Forge Encampment.” Pennsylvania Heritage 20, no. 1 (March 1994): 32-37.

Loane, Nancy K.  Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment.  Herndon, VA: Potomac Books Inc, 2009.

Lockhart, Pau.  The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army.  New York: Harper Collins, 2010.

Mires, Charlene.  Valley Forge Over Time (PDF). Prepared for Scholars Roundtable on Valley Forge, October 17, 2002.

Newcomb, Benjamin H.  “Washington’s Generals and the Decision to Quarter at Valley Forge.” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 117, no. 4 (October 1993): 309-329.

Remer, Rosalind. “Historiography and Public History in Pennsylvania.” Pennsylvania History 75, no. 3 (Summer 2008): 422-427.

Schely-Newman, Esther.  “Local Concerns, Foreign Heroes.” Western Folklore 67, no. 4 (Fall 2008): 351-378.

Schenck, Helen. “The Upper Forge at Valley Forge.”  The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology 18, no. 1/2 (June 1992): 19-39.

Treese, Lorett. “Valley Forge: Commemorating the Centennial of a National Symbol.” Pennsylvania Heritage 19, no. 2 (June 1993): 18-23.

Treese, Lorett.  Valley Forge: Making and Remaking a National Symbol.  University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.

Related Materials:

National Park Service.  Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS PA-6186 (Library of Congress).
National Park Service.  Historic American Engineering Record, HAER PA-114 (LOC).

Valley Forge in the News:

10/24 Two Event Venues up for Bids in Valley Forge Park (
10/19 Independence Hall, Valley Forge reopen as shutdown ends (
More headlines about the protest (Google News)
10/14 ‘Patriots Run’ at Valley Forge again (

For a list of publications by Rutgers-Camden History faculty, visit:

Public Humanities


Bielstein, Susan M.  Permissions, A Survival Guide.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Convery, Nicole. “Information Management, Records Management, Knowledge Management: The Place of Archives in a Digital Age,” in Jennie Hill, ed., The Future of Archives and Recordkeeping: A Reader (London: Facet, 2011).

Grabowski, John J.  “Keepers, Users, and Funders:  Building an Awareness of Archival Value,” in American Archival Studies:  Readings in Theory and Practice (Chicago:  The Society of American Archivists, 2000): 619-629.

Hackman, Larry J., ed,  Many Happy Returns: Advocacy and the Development of Archives.  Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2011.

Henkin, David M. “Embracing Opportunities: The Construction of the Personal Letter,” in The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communication in Nineteenth Century America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Hunter, Gregory S.  Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives. 2nd ed., New York: Neil-Schuman Publishers, Inc, 2003.

Kurtz, Michael J.  Managing Archival & Manuscript Repositories.  Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2004.

Levy, David M.  Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age.  New York: Arcade, 2001.

O’Sullivan, Catherine.  “Diaries, On-line Diaries, and the Future Loss to Archives; or Blogs and the Blogging Bloggers Who Blog Them,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2005): 53-73.

Ott, Katherine, Susan Tucker, and Patricia P. Buckler, “An Introduction to the History of Scrapbooks,” in The Scrapbook in American Life.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006, pp. 1-25

Pugh, Mary Jo.  Providing Reference Services for Archives and Manuscripts. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005.

Rediker, Marcus. The Slave Ship: A Human History. New York: Viking, 2007.

Robertson, Craig.  The Passport in America: The History of a Document. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Roe, Kathleen D.  Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005.

Rosenzweig, Roy.  “Scarcity or Abundance?  Preserving the Past in a Digital Age,” American Historical Review (June 2002).

Samuels, Helen Willa.  “Who Controls the Past,” American Archivist (Spring 1986): 109-124.

Schwartz Joan M., and Terry Cook, “Archives, Records, and Power: The Making of Modern Memory,” Archival Science 2 (2002).

Theimer,  Kate (editor). A Different Kind Of Web: New Connections Between Archives and Our Users.  Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2011.

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher.  A Midwife’s Tale: The Life Of Martha Ballard, Based On Her Diary, 1785-1812.  New York: Vintage Books, 1991.

Weinberger, David.  Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder.  New York: Henry Holt, 2007.

Zamon, Christina J. The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository.  Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2012.


American Archivist


Society of American Archivists (;

Code of Ethics:

ARMA International (;

Delaware Valley Archivists Group:

National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (;

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (;

Academy of Certified Archivists (;

International Council on Archives (


Adair, Bill, Benjamin Filene, and Laura Koloski, eds.  Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World.  Philadelphia: The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, 2011.

Belanger Elizabeth.  “Public History and Liberal Learning: Making the Case for the Undergraduate Practicum Experience.”  The Public Historian 34, no. 4 (Fall 2012): 30-51.

Brochu, Lisa, and Tim Merriman.  Personal Interpretation: Connecting Your Audience to Heritage Resources.  Singapore: InterpPress, 2008.

Gordon ,Tammy S.  “Heritage, Commerce, and Museal Display: Toward a New Typology of Historical Exhibition in the United States.”  The Public Historian 30, no. 3 (Summer 2008): 27-50.

Lewis, Catherine.  The Changing Face of Public History: The Chicago Historical Society and the Transformation of an American Museum.  DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2005.

Linenthal, Edward T.  “The National Park Service and Civic Engagement.”  The Public Historian 28, no. 1 (Winter 2006): 123-129.

McRainey, D. Lynn and John Russick.  Connecting Kids to History with Museum Exhibitions.  Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, 2010.

Mires, Charlene.  “The Encyclopedia as a Process of Civic Engagement.”  The Public Historian 35, no.2 (May 2013): 14-23.

Sherwood, K. E. Engaging Audiences. New York: The Wallace Foundation, 2009.

Simon, Nina.  The Participatory Museum.  Santa Cruz: Museum 2.0, 2010.

Stein, Jill, Marianna Adams, and Jessica Luke.  “Thinking Evaluatively: A Practical Guide to Integrating the Visitor Voice”  Technical Leaflet No. 238, American Association of State and Local History.

Walker-Kuhne, Donna. Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to the Arts, Culture and Community.  New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2005.

Weil, Stephen E..  Making Museums Matter.  Washington DC: Smithsonian Books, 2002.


Dispatches from the Future of Museums:

Museum 2.0 (Nina Simon):

NPS Civic Engagement Resouces:

Material Culture

Ames, Kenneth.  Death in the Dining Room and Other Tales of Victorian Culture.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992.

Deutsch, Tracey.  Building a Housewife’s Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Dusselier, Jane E.  Artifacts of Loss: Crafting Survival in Japanese American Concentration Camps.  Piscataway: Rutgers University Press, 2008.

James, Pearl.  Picture This: World War I Posters and Visual Culture.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010.

Lanier, Gabrielle M., and Bernard L. Herman.  Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic: Looking at Buildings and Landscapes.  Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.

Lubar, Steven and W. David Kingery., eds.  History from Things: Essays on Material Culture.  Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books, 1995.

Prown, Jules David and Kenneth Haltman, eds.  American Artifacts: Essays in Material Culture.  East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2000.

Schlereth, Thomas J. ed.  Material Culture Studies in America.  Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 1999.

Sheumaker, Helen.  Love Entwined: The Curious History of Hairwork in America.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,  2007.

Smith, Mark M.  Sensing the Past: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching History.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

Stocking, George W., ed.  Objects and Others: Essays on Museums and Material Culture.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1988.

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher.  The Age of Homespun: Objects an Stories in the Creation of an American Myth.  New York: Vintage, 2002.

Journal of Material Culture
Material Culture 
Winterthur Portfolio

H-Net Material Culture:
Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts and Landscapes:



Bodnar, John.  Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Bruggeman, Seth.  Born in the U.S.A: Birth, Commemoration, and American Public Memory.  Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.

Doss, Erika.  Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Glassbert, David.  “Public History and the Study of Memory.” The Public Historian (Spring 1996): 7-23.

Landsberg, Alison.  Prosthetic Memory: the Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture.  New York: Columbia Unviersity Press, 2004.

Levin, Amy K., ed. Defining Memory: Local Museums & the Construction of History in America’s Changing Communities. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2007.

Olick, Jeffrey K., ed.  The Collective Memory Reader.  New York: Oxford University Press 2011.

Post, Robert C.  Who Owns America’s Past?: The Smithsonian and the Problem of History.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. (Forthcoming)

Savage, Kirk.  Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.

Wiener, Jon.  How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey Across America.  Berkeley: University of California Press 2012.

Winter, J.M.  Remembering War: The Great War Between Memory and History in the Twentieth Century.  New Haven: Yale University Press. 2006.

Oral History

Andrews, Molly. Shaping History.  Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Baylor University Institute for Oral History.  Style Guide: A Quick Reference for Editing Oral Memoirs.  Waco: Baylor University Institute for Oral History, 2007.

Charlton, Thomas Lee, Lois E. Myers, and Rebecca Sharpless.  Thinking about Oral History: Theories and Applications.  Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira, 2008.

Cini, Carol Frances. “Voices of the Next Generation: Revealing the Impact of Gender, Race, Class, and Feminism.” Oral History Review 24 (winter 1997): 107-116.

DeBlasio, Donna M.  Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History.  Athens: Ohio University Press, 2009.

Frisch, Michael.  Shared Authority: Essays on The Craft of Meaning of Oral and Public History.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 1990.

Hunt, Marjorie.  Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide.  Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian, 2003.

K’Meyer, Tracy E. and A. Glenn Crothers.  “If I See Some of This in Writing, I’m Going to Shoot You”: Reluctant Narrators, Taboo Topics, and the Ethical Dilemmas of the Oral Historian.”  The Oral History Review , Vol. 34, No. 1 (Winter – Spring, 2007): 1-93.

MacKay, Nancy.  Curating Oral Histories: From Interview to Archive.  Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, Inc., 2006.

MacKay, Nancy, Mary Kay Quinlan, and Barbara W. Sommer.  Community Oral History Toolkit. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, Inc., 2012.

McDonnell, Janet A.  “Documenting Cultural and Historical Memory: Oral History in the National Park Service.”  The Oral History Review 30, no. 2 (2003): 99-109.

Moye, Todd.  “The Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project and Oral History in the National Park Service.”  The Journal of American History 89, no. 2 (September 2002): 580-587.

Perks, Robert, and Alistair Thomson, eds. The Oral History Reader, 2nd ed. London and New York: Routledge, 2006.

Ritchie, Donald.  Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Serikaku, Laurie R.  “Oral History in Ethnic Communities: Widening the Focus.”  The Oral History Review 17, no. 1 (Spring, 1989): 71-87.

Shopes, Linda.  “Oral History in Pennsylvania: A Historiographical Overview.”  Pennsylvania History 60, no. 4 (Fall 1993): 430-454.

Shopes, Linda.  “Oral History and the Study of Communities: Problems, Paradoxes, and Possibilities.”  The Journal of American History 89, no. 2 (September, 2002): 588-598.


Baylor University Institute for Oral History:

H-Net Oral History network:

History Matters: What is Oral History?:

International Oral History Association:

Oral History Association:

Oral History Wiki:


Hurley, Andrew.  Beyond Preservation: Using Public History to Revitalize Inner Cities.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010.

Kaufman, Ned.  Race, Place, and Story: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation.  New York and London: Routledge, 2009.

Longstreth, Richard, ed. Cultural Landscapes: Balancing Nature and Heritage in Preservation Practice.  Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.

McAlester, Virginia and Lee McAlester.  A Field Guide to American Houses.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.

Schmickle, Bill. Preservation Politics: Keeping Historic Districts Vital. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2012.

Public Archaeology

Comer, Douglas C., and others.  Tourism and Archaeological Heritage Management at Petra: Driver to Development or Destruction?  New York, NY: Springer Science and Business Media, LLC, 2012.

Deetz, James.  In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life.  New York: Anchor Books, 1996.

Kelso, William M.  Jamestown, The Buried Truth. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2006.

Little, Barbara J, ed.  Public Benefits of Archaeology.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002.

Potter, Parker B. Jr.  Public Archaeology in Annapolis, A Critical Approach to History in Maryland’s Ancient City.  Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994.

Reeves, Matthew B.  “Reinterpreting Manassas: The Nineteenth-Century African American Community at Manassas National Battlefield Park.”  Historical Archaeology 37, no. 3 (2003): 124-137.

Scott, Douglas D.  “Oral Tradition and Archaeology: Conflict and Concordance Examples from Two Indian War Sites.”  Historical Archaeology 37, no. 3 (2003): 55-65.

Wall, Diana diZerega.  The Archaeology of Gender, Separating the Spheres in Urban America.  New York: Plenum Press, 1994.

Veit, Richard.  Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State.  New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2002.

Yamin, Rebecca.  Rediscovering Raritan Landing, An Adventure in New Jersey Archaeology.  West Treton: New Jersey Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, 2011.

National Park Service.  Benefits of Public Archaeology.  (Accessed October 18, 2013 at

Journals (selected):

Historical Archaeology

Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology

Maryland Archaeology

Online Journal of Public Archaeology

The Pennsylvania Archaeologist

Public Archaeology


Public History

Alexander, Edward P. and Mary Alexander.  Museums in Motion: An Introduction to the History and Functions of Museums.  Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2007.

Allison, Eric W.  Historic Preservation and the Livable City.  Hoboken: Wiley, 2011.

Anderson, Gail, ed.  Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Conversation on the Paradigm Shift.  Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2012.

Banner, James M.  Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2012.

Bluestone, Daniel. Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation.  New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2011.

Bruggeman, Seth.  Here, George Washington was Born: Memory, Material Culture, and the Public History of a National Monument.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008.

Cohen, Daniel J.  Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.

Conn, Steven.  Do Museums Still Need Objects?  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.

Gold, Matthew K., ed., Debates in the Digital Humanities.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

Gordon, Tammy S.  Private History in Public: Exhibition and the Settings of Everyday Life.  Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2010.

Hayden, Delores.  Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000.  New York: Vintage Books, 2004.

Horton, James Oliver and Lois E. Horton.  Slavery and Public History: the Tough Stuff of American History.  New York: New Press, 2006.

Kean, Hilda & Paul Martin. The Public History Reader.  New York and London: Routledge, 2013.

Kelly, Mills T.  Teaching History in the Digital Age.  Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 2013.

Kijas , Johanna and Karen Tucker.  “It’s My Park”: Reinterpreting the History of Birkenhead Park Within the Context of an Education Outreach Project.”  The Public Historian 32, no. 3 (Summer 2010): 64-97.

Linenthal, Edward T. and Tom Engelhardt.  History Wars: The Enola Gay and Other Battles for the American Past.  New York: Metropolitan Books, 1996.

Lindsay, Anne.  “#VirtualTourist: Embracing Our Audience Through Public History Web Experience.  The Public Historian 35, no. 1 (February 2013): 67-86.

Lonetree, Amy.  Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.  2012.

Mercier, Laurie and Mary Murphy. “Confronting the Demons of Feminist Public History: Scholarly Collaboration and Community Outreach.” In Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History, edited by Sherna Gluck and Daphne Patai. New York: Routledge, 1991.

Norkunas, Martha K.  The Politics of Public Memory: Tourism, History, and Ethnicity in Monterey, California.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993.

Rosenzweig, Roy and Anthony Grafton.  Clio Wired: The Future of the Past in the Digital Age.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.

Stanton, Cathy.  The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Postindustrial City.  Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006.

Tilden, Freeman.  Interpreting our Heritage.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.

Tyrrell, Ian.  Historians in Public: The Practice of American History.  Chicago and London: Chicago University Press, 2005.

Tyson, Amy M.  The Wages of History: Emotional Labor on Public History’s Front Lines.  Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.

Weible, Robert.  “Visions and Reality: Reconsidering the Creation and Development of Lowell’s National Park, 1966–1992.”  The Public Historian 33, no. 2 (Spring 2011): 67-93.


The Public Historian

Journal of Digital Humanities

Journal of Heritage Tourism

Journal of Material Culture


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Digital Humanities Now –

Global Perspectives on Digital History –

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National Coalition for History:

National Council on Public History –

Bylaws and Ethics –

National Park Service – Cultural Resources –

National Park Service – Teaching with Historic Places –

National Trust for Historic Preservation –

Office of Digital Humanities NEH –

Public History Commons –

Society for History in the Federal Government –

Bibliography compiled by Mandi Magnuson-Hung.  Do you have suggestions for additions?  Let her know at or