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1) Seattle's Museum of History & Industry adapted David Kyvig and Myron Marty's Nearby History approach (with permission) in 1998, offering a program of classes in local library branches in doing history-from-scratch. IMLS supported this pilot project, and we refined the program at its completion and have offered it ever since. We've changed things up from time to time - last year, for instance, we focused the community-wide history research and writing program of Nearby History on the commemoration of the centennial of Seattle's first world's fair, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. (So rather than each participant bringing his/her own history interest, we focused them toward the little-interpreted AYPE.) We offered a two-hour introductory classes in research techniques and resources in twelve city and county library branches, as well as selected historical societies. Out of the hundreds who attended the introductory class, about 125 emerged as committed researchers on a given AYPE topic, and we offered writing seminars here at the museum for those folks. Out of that group, a few dozen developed written products and presented their work at a conference here at the museum, some published their work, and everyone's work is housed in the MOHAI archives. So it was a complete public history experience, I think - framing the project with the best history methods, resources and approach, sharing the museum's authority at research and making meaning, creating civic engagement and building community through a history project, and generating a legacy of work. We reported on this work at AASLH last year, and have reported on Nearby History in a variety of settings through time. More generally, I'm undoubtedly biased, but I think that a public historian helps to make exhibits more interactive and provocative, and helps to make programs more open and engaging, in a history museum. Happy to discuss further. -Lorraine DR. LORRAINE McCONAGHY PUBLIC HISTORIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY & INDUSTRY 2700 24th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112-2099 P: 206.324.1126 Ext. 23 | F: 206.324.1346 email@example.com ------------Original Message----------- I'm involved with strategic planning for a nearby history museum. I've been asked to recommend some nationally known AAM-accredited museums that have embraced the public-history approach and are doing groundbreaking work in the field. Which would YOU recommend and why? In other words, who would you say are the leading practitioners in applying public-history tools and theory in a history museum setting? Is their success about authentic experiences that reveal a sense of place, sharing authority with non-academics, exploring cross-disciplinary approaches, or an emphasis on hands-on learning? We came up with a short list that I'd be happy to share, but first I'm curious as to what others think. Looking forward to the discussion... Elysa Engelman, Ph.D. elysa.engelman@UCONN.EDU -- H-Public To post to the list: H-PUBLIC@h-net.msu.edu Home page: www.h-net.org/~public sponsored by the National Council on Public History (www.ncph.org)