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People and their Pasts: Public History Today
In this innovative and original collection, people are seen as active agents in the development of new ways of understanding the past and creating histories for the present. Chapters explore forms of public history in which people's experience and understanding of their personal, national and local pasts are part of their current lives.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published January 15th 2009)
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This collection of essays is essentially a reaction to Rosenzeweig and Thelen’s The Presence of the Past. Most of these pieces either apply the survey to other locations or groups, or are giving examples of projects that attempt to carry out the principles in the survey. Some are very interesting, including a look at the making of the factory town of Lowell, MA into a large museum, or exploring local urban history as a way of renovating abandoned spaces. Also including monuments, parks, “living ...more