Monthly Archives: September 2013

Moving Beyond Preservation to Better Realize The Power of Place: Reflections on Hayden and Hurley

Since the 1970s public historians, urban policy scholars, and local preservationists have increasingly highlighted the importance of understanding the relationship of an individual’s sense of history to specific locations in order to encourage community engagement, save important buildings, and promote … Continue reading

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Ten Simple Steps (Is Never Enough) To Do Oral History: Reflecting on Politics, Community, and Process

 The two shorter readings this week, the Introduction to Michael Frisch’s 1990 essay collection and the article by Leon Fink on Southern Milltown heritage, form a good bridge between last week’s readings and The Oral History Manual.  Frisch personally documents … Continue reading

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What We Talk About When We Talk About The Past: History, Memory, Heritage, Geneology,and Identity

David Thelan, Roy Rosenzweig, and the small army of graduate student researchers responsible for the myriad of phone interviews that form the raw data used in The Presence of the Past offer an interesting model for historical scholarship that combines … Continue reading

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This is something I wrote last month about my summer job giving candy tours

“A Day in the Life of a James Candy Company Factory Tour Guide”                   By just looking from the boardwalk a person would never know the world’s largest taffy factory was located right behind the James Candy store just … Continue reading

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