We’re here at #nphc2018 in Las Vegas - presenting today on our Saving Preservation Stories oral history project. ☀️The effort pushed our oral history program out into all five boroughs of NYC in an effort to better document and share underrepresented historic preservation stories. #nypap#nysca#oralhistory#historicpreservation#publichistory
#SouthsideEvolution Building the "new" Southside Community Center, ca. 1936-1938.
Since its start in 1928 and until it moved to its current location, the Center changed its name and addresses, but was always "a social-health-educational-cultural and recreational center...with all efforts directed toward uniting the community for the betterment of each and every individual." The new Southside Community Center was dedicated by Eleanore Roosevelt on February 17, 1938, "a dream come true" for the black community.
Learn more about Southside Neighborhood Evolution: HistoryForge 1900-1930 tomorrow, April 21, 9:30 am at @ithacasouthsidepride
Staurolite, the state mineral of Georgia, is better known as "fairy crosses". The mineral forms six-sided prisms that usually intersect at 60-90 degree angles, creating a cross shape. Christian folklore suggests that these were the tears of angels. However, these unique rocks were important in many different cultures, including the Cherokee. Staurolite veins are found throughout the United States and across the globe, though there are rich deposits in Georgia. Pick up a copy of the Foxfire spring issue of 1988 to learn more!
Time and History (in) of the Coalition Agreement in Germany
Zeit und Geschichte (in) der Großen Koalition - EN/FR/GER - 6 (2018) 14 -
A new bilingual article on PHW -
By Achim Landwehr (University Düsseldorf ) -
Read and discuss!
Der Vertrag der neuen Großen Koalition in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, die nach verwickelten Verhandlungen nun ihre Arbeit aufnehmen kann, ist bereits verschiedenen Analysen unterzogen worden. Er wurde in politischer Hinsichten untersucht, wurde abgeklopft mit Blick auf so genannte ‘Zukunftsthemen’ und ist auch schon als sprachlich-literarisches Dokument zum Gegenstand gemacht worden. Aber dieser Koalitionsvertrag hat auch etwas zu sagen zur Public History – und zur historischen Einordnung der Gegenwart. ./.
Der Vertrag der neuen Großen Koalition in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, die nach verwickelten Verhandlungen nun ihre Arbeit aufnehmen kann, ist bereits verschiedenen Analysen unterzogen worden. Er wurde in politischer Hinsichten untersucht, wurde abgeklopft mit Blick auf so genannte ‘Zukunftsthemen’ und ist auch schon als sprachlich-literarisches Dokument zum Gegenstand gemacht worden. Aber dieser Koalitionsvertrag hat auch etwas zu sagen zur Public History – und zur historischen Einordnung der Gegenwart. -
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Bon Appétit: Cuisine et Histoire Publique / Bon Appétit: Food and Public History - EN/FR/GER - 6 (2018) 14 -
A new multilingual article on PHW -
By Thomas Cauvin (@coloradostateuniversity ) -
Read and discuss!
La cuisine est un élément universel, populaire, et familier. Pour autant et malgré de belles exceptions, elle reste un sujet trop peu étudié dans les milieux académiques. Toutefois, en 2012, The Public Historian, la principale revue d’histoire publique outre-Atlantique, a dédié un numéro complet à la nourriture. Les liens entre l’histoire publique et le patrimoine culinaire proviennent des multiples sources pour l’historien tels que les plats, les instruments de cuisine, l’agriculture et l’industrie, et les savoir-faire. La cuisine, dans sa complexité, n’est pas simplement une source pour l’historien, mais est aussi le symbole de l’essor de l’histoire publique. Une histoire publique et culinaire met en avant les études de la vie quotidienne, des familles, des mémoires locales, tout autant qu’une construction participative de l’histoire et une demande d’expérience de la part des visiteurs. ./.
Food is universal, popular and familiar. Despite these adjectives, food remains an isolated topic in academic scholarship. However, in 2012, The Public Historian (the leading public history journal) had a whole issue on food and public history. The public history focus stems from both the rich food’s potential to connect historians and the public as well as the fantastic sets of sources and questions – diets, culinary instruments, agricultural and industrial production, and behavior – that can be studied. I posit that food, in its complexity, can, not only be a source for historians, but is actually very much symbolic of the development of public history. Public history of food encompasses new interests in everyday life, family history, local memories, participatory model, and visitors’ wish to experience the past. -
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That’s right, folks! We sent Jack to Las Vegas for the 2018 National Council on Public History Conference, so please do say hi if you see him around, and follow this account for more updates! #ncph#ncph2018#publichistory#museum
On April 18, 1906, an earthquake devastated San Francisco. Lotta's Fountain, gifted to the city by entertainer Lotta Crabtree in 1875, survived the earthquake and resulting fires. It became an important meeting point for survivors to look for lost loved ones and work in the aftermath. Each April 18, crowds still gather at Lotta's Fountain to remember the victims. Learn more about this unique landmark in Clio. #onthisday#otd
Happy #WorldHeritageDay ! Our Cultural Heritage Studies book series offers great resources for learning about the role of #publichistory and #heritage management at sites around the world. Check it out at upress.ufl.edu. Use code SAA18 for discount prices through May 11.
Interpretive signage, Historic buildings, and neighborhoods can be used to recognize and celebrate African-American History || In 2016 I spent time in Savannah GA documenting a once segregated, African-American, affordable housing community...Carver Village || Today, the Carver Village Neighborhood Association is working to have the housing development added to the National Register of Historic Places. Here are a few clips from those interviews, along with some archival footage, which may illustrate why community organizers are pushing for the Historic Preservation designation || I plan to upload the entire video to YouTube within the next day or so ~”The Historian”
Down in the Nordbahnhof Ubahn station lies this excellent exhibition about “ghost stations” and the people who used the underground railway tunnels as escape routes from East to West Berlin! When the Berlin Wall went up in 1961, the cities transport networks were split too, and station entrances were bricked up and disguised on the surface, but could be seen being guarded by armed police as the trains slowed down to go through them without stopping... 🚇
Ecco il risultato delle ricerche su antifascismo, #resistenza e ricostruzione a #Spilamberto . Racconterò le storie più importanti giovedì 19 aprile alle 20:30 allo Spazio Eventi Liliano Famigli. #publichistory
As part of our @nehgov Challenge Grant, we are researching many of the structural features on The Land for our wayside exhibits. One unique structure is the hog scalder. Though our elaborate construction is atypical of what most mountain families had, it is representative of the steps involved in butchering. Unlike deer or squirrels, hogs were not skinned. Instead, the hair had to be scraped off. Pouring scalding water over the animal made this process easier, although it was still tedious and messy!!
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Director, Augustus Casely-Hayford. Successor to museum director, Johnetta Busch (2009 - 2017), Casely-Hayford took over in February of this year. His key focuses include increasing visitor attendance and contextualizing Africa’s “glorious chapters.” In a statement shared with The Washington Post, “Perhaps some of greatest damage that the west has done to Africa is to its image, its narrative.” 📷 Franko Khoury [Source: Joe Davidson, Washington Post]
When you mention Las Vegas history today, many people likely still think of its mob-related past. Yet, many of the same people likely don’t think of the preservation of that history in a city known for imploding its most prominent landmarks in favor of new, more lucrative business options. As our very own Dr. Michael Green shows however, the so-called “City of Sin” is not so bad at retaining the physical places of its past as one might think! Sure, many of the classic casinos are gone and many others are so heavily renovated that they are essentially new hotels, but there is more to Las Vegas’s mob past than casinos! Just look at the building the immensely popular Mob Museum now resides. It’s one of the city’s oldest and most impressive, and has served the community in a variety of services before officially becoming the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. But don’t just take our word for it, check out the link to Michael Green’s article in the bio!
Happy Emancipation Day Washington, DC! “The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day." Via emancipation.dc.gov #dcemancipationday#freedom#chocolatecity#dc#blackhistory#dchistory#publichistory