The American public increasingly receives its history from images. Thus it is incumbent upon public historians to understand the strategies by which images and artifacts convey history in exhibits and to encourage a conversation about language and methodology among the diverse cultural workers who create, use, and review these productions. The purpose of The Public Historian's exhibit review section is to discuss issues of historical exposition, presentation, and understanding through exhibits mounted in the United States and abroad. Our aim is to provide an ongoing assessment of the public's interest in history while examining exhibits designed to influence or deepen their understanding. We seek to review a broad range of exhibits, including those directed to a large public audience, those that employ new or unique strategies of presentation or perception, and those that embody particularly popular or representative views of history. Occasionally, the exhibit review section will publish thematic or comparative essays that consider geographic regions, special-interest audiences, or methodological dilemmas in historical discussion or understanding. Reviews will assess the scholarly content of the exhibit; the extent, variety, and appropriateness of the objects displayed; the function of design in the exhibit; and issues of funding and institutional support. We welcome suggestions for exhibits to review.
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