Call for pitches and manuscripts: Commemoration and Public History

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We invite reports from the field by public historians about the challenges of commemoration at museums and archives, online, or in your community at large. Submissions might address upcoming and recent national and international anniversaries (such as the American Revolution, 9/11, the 19th Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Stonewall uprising, and World War I).

But we also want to hear about local or regional site-specific commemorations of less widely known people, places, or events. All submissions should engage with the historiography of commemoration and what or whom is being commemorated and should provide readers with portable lessons or best practices for doing public history.  As always, we welcome and encourage international perspectives.

Successful submissions will address one or more of the following questions:

  • What can we learn about the practice of public history from commemorations of people, places, or events?
  • What counts as commemoration?
  • In what new ways are public historians remembering local or regional history?
  • Who are the stakeholders and collaborators for these projects?
  • What forms does commemoration take, and what are public historians getting right and wrong?
  • Who is included in commemoration, and who is left out?
  • What role does material culture play in how we commemorate the past?
  • What purpose does commemoration serve, and how does it change over time?

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