What We’re Reading: May 10, 2012

Today’s roundup of interesting articles and links from around the web includes a look into an undergraduate project about the historical context  of 9/11, a manifesto on the vocation of public history, the Smithsonian’s Bigger Picture blog, and more.

Screen shot of Los Angeles Times article about John Gray.

News

Digital Archiving

  • Greetings from Anywhere
    The Smithsonian’s Bigger Picture blog reminds us that it’s National Postcard Week and posts a few cards from its collection in a celebration of deltiology.

Insights

  • Historicizing 9/11
    Jim Downs describes an undergraduate history project to create a documentary and examine “the broader historical context in which 9/11 unfolded.” 
  • On the Vocation of Public History<

    Suzanne Fischer, associate curator of technology at The Henry Ford, offers an excellent manifesto that encourages students to “Become a public historian because you love the potential of history to change, enrich and help make sense of people’s lives.”

Commentary

  • When Was Professional History Not Boring?
    Responding to AHA President Bill Cronon’s recent essay on “Professional Boredom,” Darin Hayton of Haverford College reviews the seemingly perpetual anxieties on the issue in the discipline, and the hazards of impenetrable and esoteric prose.

Contributors: Nike Nivar, Allen Mikaelian, and Robert B. Townsend

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