Edward T. Linenthal reflects on the several years he spent as a Visiting Scholar with the Civic Engagement program of the National Park Service. Linenthal conducted seminars on issues in public history for NPS staff at various sites around the country. Civic engagement has been characterized by NPS's former Northeast Regional Director Marie Rust as "a refocusing of current efforts at partnering with communities, expanding our education agenda, telling the 'untold stories,' and working with communities and partners to preserve sites that represent the fullness of the American experience." Linenthal discusses the particular challenge of creating a more inclusive process in the shaping of NPS's work and the equally challenging task of creating a more diverse historic landscape.
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