History@Work

The National Council on Public History has just launched a new blog called “History@Work.  I have made it a regular part of my blog reading cycle.  Here is what it’s all about:

History@Work” is a digital publication project of the National Council on Public History. The blog was created in March 2012 to expand on our long-running listserv, H-Public, to serve as an online “commons” where people from a variety of areas of the public history field could share ideas and news, and to create a bridge to future digital and other publication efforts. Like the field itself, the blog is designed to blend scholarly, professional, and civic discourse arising from the practice of presenting history in public.
Although defining public history in any conclusive way always proves elusive, the categories above aim to cover as wide a range of perspectives and venues as possible. Here’s what you can expect to find in the various areas of the blog:

  • Annual Conference: serves as the central conference blog during our annual spring conference
  • Consulting in Public History: news and discussion of interest to those working as consultants in the field
  • Exhibits & Projects: announcements of new public history projects, plus critical reviews of conventional and unconventional exhibitry in our “Off the Wall” section
  • Grad Students/New Professionals: issues of particular interest to those who are training to be public historians or who have just entered the field
  • In the Academy: issues of interest to those who teach in public history programs and/or others in the academy whose work relates to public history
  • International Perspectives: cross-cultural or comparative discussions of public history practice around the world; transnational dimensions of the field
  • NCPH: a space for news and updates relating to the National Council on Public History
  • Social/Environmental Issues: pulls together postings on the wide range of public history questions that touch on social justice and the environment

The blog is “lightly peer-edited”–that is, volunteer editorial teams with interests in specific sub-topics in public history invite and recruit postings, which may then be edited and revised for relevance and focus. Look for more information here shortly about editorial team members and how you can propose a guest post.