Discovering Public History in an Unlikely Place

Otis L. Graham Jr.

in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790562
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896820 | DOI:
Discovering Public History in an Unlikely Place

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This chapter discusses the pioneering public history program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where the term was coined and the National Council on Public History was founded. It offers a complex interpretation of the relations between the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the movement, suggesting that, beginning in the late 1970s, the OAH often reached out to public historians and made progress. The chapter also comments that many academics need to pay more attention to what public historians can offer.

Keywords: public history program; University of California; National Council on Public History; Organization of American Historians; public historians

Chapter.  2854 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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