National Council on Public History

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The National Council on Public History is a professional membership association established in 1979 to support a diverse group of people, institutions, agencies, businesses, and academic programs associated with the field of public history. The current president of the association is Alexandra Lord.[1] The NCPH Executive Office is located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and the current Executive Director is Stephanie Rowe.[2] The association has partnered with a range of organizations and government agencies, including the National Coalition for History, Organization of American Historians, American Association for State and Local History, American Council of Learned Societies, National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of Education.[3] The National Council on Public History's Annual Meeting is held every spring, most recently in Indianapolis, Indiana in April 2017.[4] NCPH will meet next in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 18-21, 2018.[5]

History of the National Council on Public History[edit]

The National Council on Public History was established in 1979 as the professional organization of a growing movement advocating and practicing collaborative and interdisciplinary historical scholarship outside the boundaries of academia. With its emphasis on community engagement and activism, the term "public history" united people already practicing historical work outside of the classroom, including archivists, museum professionals, government historians and policy-makers, preservationists, oral historians, historical consultants, and more.[6]

The formation of NCPH can be traced back to a 1978 public history conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Organized by G. Wesley Johnson of the University of California, Santa Barbara and funded by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council, the conference's success resulted in the planning of the first national conference the following year.[7]

In 1979, the first formal national meeting of public historians took place in Montecito, California, near the University of California, Santa Barbara, with funding support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Out of the 1979 conference, a steering committee was set up to explore the formation of a professional organization. The steering committee met in Washington, D.C. on September 14, 1979, where they voted to create the National Council on Public History.[8] NCPH was incorporated in the District of Columbia on May 2, 1980.[9]

Publications[edit]

The National Council on Public History produces several print publications. In partnership with the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara NCPH publishes a quarterly journal, The Public Historian. NCPH also publishes a quarterly newsletter, Public History News, a listserv, H-Public, and a blog, History@Work. NCPH also produces digital resources for public historians, including Best Practices documents; The Public History Navigator, a guide for undergraduate history majors to the landscape of public history graduate programs; and the Guide to Public History Programs, a tool for cataloging and comparing graduate public history programs.[10]

List of NCPH Chairs[edit]

List of NCPH Presidents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Council on Public History. "Board, Governance, Bylaws, Committees". ncph.org. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  2. ^ National Council on Public History. "Staff". ncph.org. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  3. ^ National Council on Public History. "Who We Are". ncph.org. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  4. ^ National Council on Public History. "Conferences". ncph.org. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  5. ^ National Council on Public History. "Conferences". ncph.org. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  6. ^ National Council on Public History. "What is Public History?". ncph.org. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "National Council on Public History Records, 1977-2002". IUPUI University Library. 
  8. ^ "National Council on Public History Records, 1977-2002". IUPUI University Library. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  9. ^ National Council on Public History. "Our Past". ncph.org. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  10. ^ National Council on Public History. "'Graduate and Undergraduate". ncph.org. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 

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