Digital Outreach and Wikipedia in the GLAM Sector

My most recent post "Digital Outreach and Wikipedia in the GLAM Sector" can be seen over on Activehistory.ca.  This post looks at why Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) might engage in Wikipedia editing and different possibilities for GLAM organizations interested in editing Wikipedia as a form of outreach.

Contested History and Multiple Chronologies

While  driving  being a passenger on the drive to London I finally finished reading through the August issue of The Public Historian.  A couple of the articles in this issue sparked some reflection on my historical practice, including Charles W. Romney's "New City Guides and Anachronic Public History" article. Romney examined historical cities guides including … Continue reading Contested History and Multiple Chronologies

Reading Archivists

As a means of professional development and enjoyment I regularly read archival and public history publications.  This often comes in the form of reading The American Archivist or The Public Historian but sometimes also includes other journals and the occasional book. I like love reading and find that it often inspires me to consider by … Continue reading Reading Archivists

Archives Meet Public History

Earlier this week the Students and New Archives Professional (SNAP) Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists hosted a joint twitter chat with the New Professional and Graduate Student Committee of the National Council on Public History.  The chat focused on the intersection of public history and archives and generated a lot of interesting ideas … Continue reading Archives Meet Public History

Contested Public History and Public Engagement

The Spring 2014 issue of The Public Historian focused on contested histories, addressing controversy through public history, and the relationship of controversy and commemoration.  Christine Reiser Robbins and Mark W. Robbins' piece "Engaging the contested Memory of the Public Square, Community Collaboration, Archaeology, and Oral History at Corpus Christi's Artesian Park" is an excellent example … Continue reading Contested Public History and Public Engagement

NCPH Topic Proposals

This year the National Council on Public History (NCPH) introduced a new element for the conference submission process.  The 2015 NCPH Annual Meeting call for proposals included the option of submitting topic proposals.  This option was geared towards people who are interested in presenting but who might be looking for ideas to more fully develop … Continue reading NCPH Topic Proposals

Historical Reminicents: 400 Posts Later

This is the 400th post I've written on Historical Reminiscents since I started this blog back in September 2008.  I began this blog for a digital history class I was taking as part of Western University's Public History MA program.  I had no idea that the blog would be so long lasting or prolific.Over the … Continue reading Historical Reminicents: 400 Posts Later

Decolonial Public History and Shared Authority

The winter issue of The Public Historian  contained an article by Katrine Barber titled "Shared Authority in the Context of Tribal Sovereignty: Building Capacity for Partnerships with Indigenous Nations."  Barber's article addresses the challenges of Indigenous and non-Indigenous public history projects, historical colonial practices, and the idea of shared authority and decolonial public history practices. … Continue reading Decolonial Public History and Shared Authority

Artifact Meanings and Contextualization

In the museum world, objects are generally described with reference to their designers, or purchasers, or donors...But the whole history of an objects intersects with many other people, who employ many other skills and attach many other meanings.1 The above quotation from Richard Rabinowitz's article highlights the traditional way that museums tend to display and … Continue reading Artifact Meanings and Contextualization

Books and Built Heritage: Trinity College Dublin

Long Room at Trinity College DublinI recently spent two weeks in Ireland.  This trip included a number of visits to museums, historical sites, and natural heritage places.  This post is the first of many recounting my experiences at these heritage spaces.  One of the things I had been looking forward to prior to my trip to … Continue reading Books and Built Heritage: Trinity College Dublin