The books listed below have been ordered through the University District Book Store for the concurrent courses Issues in Public History / Introduction to Public History / Historical Analysis. Please read the first book on the list before the first class meeting, with special attention to the introduction and Chapters 11, 12, and 13. This book is to give everyone a common understanding of the scope of the field of public history (skim any portions that do not interest you). Sometime during the summer or early in September, also visit the President’s House site at Sixth and Market Streets, which we will study early in the semester.

  1. Cauvin, Public History: A Textbook of Practice (Read for first class)
  2. Linenthal, History Wars
  3. Horton, Slavery and Public History
  4. Romano, Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past
  5. Sergel, See You in the Streets
  6. Hamer, History in Urban Places

Additional readings will be online or chosen individually from a list of recommendations.

Public History Practice students: Your readings on local and regional history will be made available at the project work site, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, 325 Cooper Street.

Topics in Historic Preservation students: We will develop individualized reading lists at the start of the semester.