What is Public History? Cultural Institutions Examined
July 18 + 21, 6-8pm ET
Studies show that museums and cultural institutions (historic sites, national parks, statues, libraries, archives etc.) are considered the most trusted sources of historical knowledge by the general public. However, most people are unaware of the origins of these institutions and the impact they have on our communities and lives. Museums & cultural institutions are important centers of knowledge production that steward treasured artifacts, preserve particular narratives of the past, and often perpetuate harmful myths. This workshop is aimed at illuminating the various roles museums and the like play in shaping society—past, present, and future.
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Sydney Johnson is a PhD Candidate in American Studies at Rutgers University, Newark. She holds an MA in Public History from American University and notably served as the first curator of color at the Missouri State Museum. She researches heritage, memory, and Black women’s economic agency in the early 20th century
Image of George Floyd is projected on the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, June 20. via REUTERS/Jay Paul.