Public History

  • Playing with the Past

    Patrick Rael | Oct 13, 2021

    Board games encourage history students to imagine changing historical outcomes and discuss counterfactuality and contingency, while covering the entire range of Bloom's taxonomy of learning.
  • Crisis and Opportunity

    James Grossman and Dana Schaffer | Oct 5, 2021

    A recently awarded NEH grant will enable the AHA to support dozens of small history-related organizations.
  • A Year Characterized by Pivoting and Adapting

    Alexandra F. Levy | Sep 21, 2021

    The 2020 HAC report documents the progress made by the Office of the Historian of the State Department during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A Snapshot of the Public’s Views on History

    Pete Burkholder and Dana Schaffer | Aug 30, 2021

    A national survey conducted by the AHA and Fairleigh Dickinson University looked to update our understanding of how Americans understand the past.
  • From Water and Radicalism to Archival Friendships

    Mark Philip Bradley | Aug 25, 2021

    The September issue of the American Historical Review showcases the chronological, methodological, and spatial reach that has become a hallmark...
  • Grant of the Week: Turning Points in History Grant

    Alana Venable | Aug 6, 2021

    The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University is now accepting submissions for the Turning Points in History Grant.  
  • What’s Next for Blogging as Public Engagement?

    Bobby Cervantes | Jul 28, 2021

    Bobby Cervantes reflects on the flourishing history blogs that are connecting academic historians to public audiences.
  • Public History in the Wild

    Rebecca S. Wingo and Lindsey Passenger Wieck | Jul 26, 2021

    When two historians swapped a syllabus over multiple semesters, it improved both the assignments and student experience.
  • Linda Hunter Rowe (1945–2020)

    Cathleene B. Hellier | Jul 19, 2021

    Linda Hunter Rowe, a historian for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation who retired in 2017 after 50 years of service, died on October 23, 2020.
  • You Are Only as Good as Your Sources

    Bobby Cervantes | Jul 6, 2021

    Journalists and historians share a fixation on sources, but how and when they use a source differs in important ways.

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