Fall 2015: Issues in Public History (Reading List Added)

This is a seminar that goes behind the scenes of how history is made in settings such as museums, historic sites, archives, and the digital realm. We will learn from controversies such as the display of the Enola Gay at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and the creation of the President’s … Read more …

NEH Teacher Institute: Cultures of Independence

Applications are now being accepted for this new teacher workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the … Read more …

Spring 2015: World’s Fairs and Empire

World’s fairs, the enormously popular spectacles that began in the middle of the nineteenth century and continue in lesser forms today, provide a rich body of evidence for investigating the cultures and ideologies of their times. This course will reach beyond the popular veneer of world’s fairs – the Ferris wheel, the ice cream cone, … Read more …

Book List Added: Fall 2014, Issues in Public History (Graduate)

Course description: Historians play a vital role in creating an engaged and informed citizenry. This seminar provides an in-depth examination of the issues and controversies that arise for historians and the public in settings such as historic sites and museums. The seminar also serves as an introduction to research in public history, a field of … Read more …

Spring 2014: Cities and Suburbs (512:364)

The following books for this course have been ordered through the University District Bookstore: American Urban Form (2013), by Sam Bass Warner and Andrew Whittemore Crabgrass Frontier (1987), by Kenneth Jackson American Urban Reader (2010), by Steven H. Corey and Lisa Krissoff Boehm (Companion website: http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415803984/)

Independence Hall in American Memory, Paperback Edition

Independence Hall in American MemoryPaperback Edition, December 2013ISBN 978-0-8122-2282-1 New companion website with teaching guides, documents, and more: http://www.independencehall-americanmemory.com/ University of Pennsylvania Press Amazon Table of Contents