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On Doing Local History - Carol Kammen

On Doing Local History

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For over thirty years, Carol Kammen's On Doing Local History has been a valuable guide to professional and "amateur" historians alike. First published in 1986, revised in 2003, this book offers not only discussion of practical matters, but also a deeper reflection on local, public history, what it means, and why it is done. It is used in classrooms and found on the shelves of local historians across the U.S. The third edition features: *Updates to chapters that focus on the current concerns and situation of local historians *A new chapter on how the field of history cooperates with other arts *A new chapter on writing a congregational history *Updated references With the same passion (and now even more experience) that drove her to write the first edition, Kammen has brought her seminal work into today's context for the next generation of local historians. The new edition ensures that this classic will continue to move anyone interested in public history towards a better understanding of why they do what they do and how it benefits their communities.

From the foreword: My students were captivated not only by the manner in which Kammen made local history interesting (the concept of local history being something quite foreign to those recent high school graduates), but also the style with which she presented her information. [The second edition of] On Doing Local History provided them a logically constructed window through which they could view and understand the nature of history. Because Kammen has such an obvious gift for conceptualizing and writing about local history, my students departed my class with a much greater appreciation for the idea of history and how history is constructed and used, locally and nationally. This third edition of On Doing Local History contains all of the informative essays of the previous versions. Readers will additionally benefit from a new compelling chapter on doing ecclesiastical history and an inspired meditation on the public benefits of encouraging Clio to interact with other muses of the arts and humanities. She proposes here that if an understanding of history is enhanced by the inclusion of art and music, then clearly the public presentation of music and art can be enriched when accompanied by historical context. Our sense of history- local, public, and general-is equally enhanced by the intelligent analysis of Clio's profession found in On Doing Local History. -- Dwight T. Pitcaithley, New Mexico State University

Foreword by Dwight Pitcaithley Introduction Chapter 1:Local History's Past Coda to Chapter 1: Revising What is Held as True Chapter 2: Thinking about Local History Coda to Chapter 2: Censorship Chapter 3: The Subjects of Local History Coda to Chapter 3: Journalists and Historians Chapter 4: Clio and Her Sisters Chapter 5: How to Write a Congregational History Chapter 6: Researching Local History Coda to Chapter 6: When Being Right is not Good Enough Chapter 7: Giving Back Coda to Chapter 7: The Great Document Exchange Chapter 8: The Local Historian Coda to Chapter 8: Adult Local History Workshops Chapter 9: The Past that was Yesterday Coda to Chapter 9: One Last Thing About the Author Index

ISBN: 9780759123694
ISBN-10: 0759123691
Series: American Association for State & Local History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 4th April 2014
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 15.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.41