The Public Historian

From the August 2015 Issue

From deftly crafted popular histories of religion and spirituality in Southeast Asia to the stunning popularity of among those who pursue history through genealogy, this issue of The Public Historian displays the range of new sources and genres that are in the process of remaking our discipline. Along the way we see how “anachronic” histories allow a more prismatic view of urban history, how the community-based field schools of Harold W. Thompson presaged our current concern with the limits of “lone genius” models of humanities scholarship, and how “meaningful play” in living history heritage sites can—despite our discomfort at the sense of “lightness” that adheres—in fact enliven visitors’ imaginations and leave them with a lingering affective experience that enhances the interpretive meaning of places like Bliss Hill Victorian Town. Be sure to also see the review essay featured on our cover, an analysis of two interpretations of the events in Selma, Alabama fifty years agothe feature film Selma and the photography exhibit Freedom Journey 1965. Also look for commentary on  "On Genealogy," the plenary address from last year's International Federation of Public History conference, and add your own voice to the conversation on the TPH page History@Work.

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The Public Historian: 37 (3)

Vol. 37 No. 3, August 2015
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ISSN: 0272-3433
eISSN: 1533-8576
Frequency: Quarterly
Published: February, May, August, November


About The Journal

Since 1978, The Public Historian has made its mark as the definitive voice of the public history profession, providing historians with the latest scholarship and applications from the field.

The Public Historian publishes the results of scholarly research and case studies, and addresses the broad substantive and theoretical issues in the field. In addition to regular book, museum, exhibit, and film and media reviews, areas of public history covered in the journal include public policy and policy analysis; federal, state, and local history; historic preservation; oral history; museum and historical administration; documentation and information services; corporate biography; and public history education.

The Public Historian is sponsored by the National Council on Public History and the University of California, Santa Barbara with the support of Rutgers University, Camden.