9781558499409

Museums, Monuments, and National Parks

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    9781558499409

  • ISBN10:

    1558499407

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/30/2012
  • Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Pr
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Summary

The rapid expansion of the field of public history since the 1970s has led many to believe that it is a relatively new profession. In this book, Denise D. Meringolo shows that the roots of public history actually reach back to the nineteenth century, when the federal government entered into the work of collecting and preserving the nation's natural and cultural resources.

Author Biography

Denise D. Meringolo is associate professor of history and director of public history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: A New Kind of Technician In Search of the Culture of Public Historyp. xiii
Science and Government Defining the Landscape
A Matter of National Dignity Education and Federal Authorityp. 3
Managing the Landscape National Parks, National Monuments, and the Use of Public Landp. 26
Turning Nature into History The National Park Service and the Culture of Public History
Losing Their Identity National Park Service Museums and Federal Collectionsp. 59
Ignorant and Local-Minded Influences Historic Sites and the Expansion of the National Park Servicep. 84
Real Park Service Men On the Ground and in the Booksp. 109
Whom Do We Serve? Public History and the Question of Authority
Park Service Diggers Public Historians and the Problem of Statusp. 131
Conclusion Toward a New Genealogy of Public Historyp. 153
A Note on Sourcesp. 169
Notesp. 171
Indexp. 199
Illustrations follow pagep. 128
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