This week’s readings discussed the combined roles of time and place in historical research and scholarship. I think that in our work as Public Historians a focus on place is crucial and perhaps even requisite to the discipline. In making history that focuses on certain prescribed groups of people, such as labor workers or the military, or, more obviously, certain geographic locations, such as New York City or even more local, Greenwich Village, the Public Historian must consider the role that place plays in the course of history. A focus on place can make history more immediately relevant and accessible for a public audience, another key tenet of Public History. I appreciate how this week’s readings have made me consider and reconsider the definition of Public History, which since its inception in the 1960s has been a shifting and ambiguous field.
(Week 10 entry)