Public historians have much to offer in current and coming debates about sustainability. In Las Vegas, our struggles to contextualize our often-misunderstood place while training our students to take advantage of new opportunities require a little extra effort. We have to start by convincing people that our place has something to offer to serious discussions about sustainability, that Las Vegas is more than simply the example of what not to be. Public history research provides critical context about place and points to how even contested landscapes can offer models for sustainable public history practice.
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