Museums, Monuments, and Parks Toward a New Genealogy of Public History

ISBN-10: 1558499407
ISBN-13: 9781558499409
Edition: 2012
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Description: The rapid expansion of the field of public history since the 1970s has led many to believe that it is a relatively new profession. In this book, Denise D. Meringolo shows that the roots of public history actually reach back to the nineteenth  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 207
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

The rapid expansion of the field of public history since the 1970s has led many to believe that it is a relatively new profession. In this book, Denise D. Meringolo shows that the roots of public history actually reach back to the nineteenth century, when the federal government entered into the work of collecting and preserving the nation's natural and cultural resources. Yet it was not until the emergence of the education-oriented National Park Service history program in the 1920s and 1930s that public history found an institutional home. Even then, tensions between administrators in Washington and practitioners on the ground at National Parks, monuments, and museums continued to redefine the scope and substance of the field. The process of definition persists to this day as public historians establish a growing presence in major universities throughout the United States and abroad. Book jacket.

Acknowledgments
Prologue: A New Kind of Technician In Search of the Culture of Public History
Science and Government Defining the Landscape
A Matter of National Dignity Education and Federal Authority
Managing the Landscape National Parks, National Monuments, and the Use of Public Land
Turning Nature into History The National Park Service and the Culture of Public History
Losing Their Identity National Park Service Museums and Federal Collections
Ignorant and Local-Minded Influences Historic Sites and the Expansion of the National Park Service
Real Park Service Men On the Ground and in the Books
Whom Do We Serve? Public History and the Question of Authority
Park Service Diggers Public Historians and the Problem of Status
Conclusion Toward a New Genealogy of Public History
A Note on Sources
Notes
Index
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