"Citizens should be able to ask smart historical questions, understand historical context, and recognize when a historical fact is being misrepresented or distorted." People love when history is on their side, especially if it means scoring a few extra points in a Facebook argument. There are times when history can and does serve this purpose. … Continue reading Historical Literacy in the Age of Fake News
October 4th is Ask An Archivist day! The Society of American Archivists describes Ask An Archivist day as an opportunity to "break down the barriers that make archivists seem inaccessible," and to "make an impact on the public's understanding of archives." As someone who has used archives as a researcher, and worked at an archives … Continue reading Happy #AskAnArchivist day!
I’m currently reading The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life by Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen. The book was the result of a five year, nation-wide survey undertaken by Rosenzweig and Thelen in the 90s, which aimed to uncover how Americans “understood and used the past” in their everyday lives. … Continue reading Feeling at Home with the Past
Last semester, I created an online exhibit as part of a class assignment. It's called Generations of Change: The African American Experience in Leon County, Florida, and focuses on the history of Tallahassee’s African American community. I encourage you to check it out, and let me know what you think! http://historyinpublic.omeka.net/ (Once you click on … Continue reading Generations of Change
Throwback to my first trip to New York City last November. Seeing the Statue of Liberty and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge were amazing experiences, and fulfilled two of my childhood dreams. I didn't expect a hurried pass through a nondescript subway station to become another memorable experience. As my husband Rafael and I rushed … Continue reading #TBT Museums in the Subway?
At around 8:30 in the morning on June 24, 2015, the Confederate flag disappeared from the Alabama capitol building. But it wasn't an act of theft or vandalism. The previous day, Alabama governor Robert Bentley had ordered the flag removed from the capitol grounds in response to Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine African American church … Continue reading Culture War: Confederate Symbols in the Twenty-First Century.
I'm excited to announce my new blog, History in Public! The purpose of this site is to explore and discuss the intersection of history and current events, and how historians (both inside and outside the academy) communicate their passion for the past to the public. I hope you'll follow along with me!