Misha Appeltova, Zach Nacev, and Gregory Valdespino | May 3, 2018We stopped in front of a painting portraying a group of villagers by a river. “What do you see?” asked Elsie Hector Hernandez, owner and director of t...
A Difficult Past: Interpreting Slavery at Presidential Plantations
Zoë Jackson | Feb 16, 2018In 2016, excavations at Highland—the Charlottesville, Virginia, home of President James Monroe—led to a discovery that would completely reshape interp...
Reckoning with Colonial History
Perspectives on Culture
Steve Hochstadt | Oct 1, 2017Berlin could be called the city of painful memory. The admirable willingness of the Germans to take public responsibility for the traumas they caused ...
Anna Leigh Todd | Jun 29, 2017In 1818, John Adams reflected on the founding of the nation, asking, “But what do We mean by the American Revolution? Do We mean the American War?” Hi...
A Flag, a Dinner Bell, and a Hand-Dug Well
Michelle M. Martin | Mar 8, 2017When I began my directorship of the Little House on the Prairie Museum south of Independence, Kansas, the promise and...
African American History: Of Dreams and Struggles
Guest Blogger | Jun 20, 2016By Adam Green “Do everything!” That was the exhortation from Nell Painter that closed the Future of the African American Past...
Who’s Afraid of Being a Generalist? On Being a Historian outside the Academy
Guest Blogger | Jun 14, 2016By Rachel FeinmarkAfter two years of endless academic job applications, Skype interviews, and harrowing job talks, I was exhausted from...
AHA Sends Letter of Concern Regarding Poland’s Museum of the Second World War
American Historical Association | May 25, 2016The AHA has sent a letter to Poland’s Minister of Culture expressing concern about the proposal to disrupt the planned...
Introducing America in 20 Minutes: The Smithsonian’s New Film on the Nation’s History
Amanda Moniz | May 12, 2016How do you condense hundreds of years of American history into 20 minutes? This was the challenge fa...