Monthly Archives: October 2014

Staying Positive

“But the park’s ability to look more candidly and critically at present-day ethnic and socioeconomic relationships in the city—the very contribution that public historical approaches might most viably offer to public discourse in Lowell—is consistently undercut by the perceived need … Continue reading

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Warsaw’s Museum of the History of the Polish Jews Opens | New Republic

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Authority and Public Space

While not exactly an example of authority related to Public History, I thought this recent article at Atlanta Magazine was an interesting look at how authority is interpreted and shared in public spaces. For those who aren’t familiar with the … Continue reading

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Reading about Lowell and it’s attempts to revitalize the postindustrial community of Lowell reminded me of one of Atlanta’s own revitalization projects happening just down the road from my neighborhood: the Ponce City Market. The Ponce City Market is the … Continue reading

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Anthropology in Stanton’s Book

An aspect of Cathy Stanton’s The Lowell Experiment that particularly stood out to me was the role anthropology played in her project.  As a I received my undergraduate degree in anthropology, it was interesting to read how she mixed both … Continue reading

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Reactions to The Lowell Experiment

As I read The Lowell Experiment, I found myself wondering when does public history end and social change activism begin. I have understood that history is not just about “the facts” but about how those facts influenced later events or … Continue reading

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Defining Interpretation

Tilden’s article gave several definitions of Interpretation, including: An educational activity which aims to reveal meanings and relationship through the use of original objects, by firsthand experience, and by illustrative media, rather than simply to communicate factual information Interpretation is … Continue reading

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