An American Association for State and Local History guide to making public history / edited by Bob Beatty.

Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]
xvi, 244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.


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Gain insight into history organizations of all shapes and sizes in this book, which addresses the opportunities and challenges of public historians' work through the prism of the past, present, and future of our communities and institutions, as well as the public history field itself. Featuring essays from some of the leading thinkers in the profession, this book not only looks at major themes as they relate to historians' work but also inspires creativity in how they approach their work in an institutional and personal sense. The themes themselves are important, but even more important are the articles (presented here as chapters) that amplify the overarching themes. Chapters discuss in-depth and through real-world examples, the work of history organizations. They specifically focus on the challenges and opportunities that are important to any nonprofit (or small business) - entrepreneurship, change, transformation, possibility/opportunity, partnerships - but also those unique to history organizations, leverage the asset of history to: explore place, commemorate the past (and therefore better understand the present), demonstrate how it is people who make history, and discern how to use the past to chart the future. Together, An American Association for State and Local History Guide to Making Public History provides a roadmap of the national discussions the field of history museums and organizations is having regarding its present and the future. -- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Foreward / Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction / Bob Beatty
  • The only thing that is constant is change / Bob Beatty
  • The winds of opportunity / Barbara Franco and Laura B. Roberts
  • Discovering the power of transformation / Bob Beatty
  • Understanding change and transformation in history organizations / Candace Tangorra Matelic
  • Making history a twenty-first-century enterprise / Bob Beatty
  • Entrepreneurship in history organizations / John W. Durel
  • A twenty-first-century renaissance / Bob Beatty
  • The spirit of rebirth / David A. Janssen
  • The power of possibility / Bob Beatty
  • It's possible / Kent Whitworth and Scott Alvey
  • The whole is greater / Bob Beatty
  • Greater than the sum of our parts / Erin Carlson Mast
  • Crossroads: exploring the vibrant connections between people and place / Bob Beatty
  • Explorations in place and time: a personal journey / David A. Donath
  • Turning points: ordinary people, extraordinary change / Bob Beatty
  • What kind of ordinary will you be? / Max A. von Balgooy
  • Commemoration: the promise of remembrance and new beginnings / Bob Beatty
  • Public history and the challenges of commemoration / Edward T. Linenthal
  • Inclusion is active / Bob Beatty
  • I AM history: embracing inclusion in social and political climates / Dina A. Bailey
  • Epilogue: moving history from nice to essential / John R. Dichtl
  • Index
  • About the editor
  • About the contributors.
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