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Notes from the Landscape: Tremont Job Corps Conservation Center

I was most excited to hear that Camping Con was going to be held at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, because GRSM had two Job Corps centers between 1965 and 1969. In fact, Oconaluftee Job Corps Center still operates today. … Continue reading

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Five Stars for Camping Con!

I spent a beautiful fall weekend at Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the first ever National Council on Public History Camping Con. When I heard NCPH was sponsoring a mini conference about “Outdoor Public History,” where participants would camp … Continue reading

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Diamonds in the Rough: A Conversation about the National Park Service’s Postwar Turn to Poverty, Pollution, and Urban Planning at the National Council on Public History

On March 16-20, 2016, public historians from across the United States convened in Baltimore, Maryland for the National Council on Public History annual meeting. I joined a group of scholars and practitioners for a roundtable discussion about the National Park … Continue reading

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Finishing the Sesquicentennial

Daylight Savings has me all messed up. I couldn’t sleep last night, so I let my mind wander. I found myself thinking about how I missed blogging. My various writing projects have made it difficult for me to keep it … Continue reading

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Putting my Ph.D. to Work

I think many of us writing our dissertations look forward to those few months after graduation to recover and decompress before we start whatever our next chapter might be. I know I was thinking about stretching out on a sandy … Continue reading

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“Don’t Let Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story:” Interpretive Themes at Jack Daniel’s Distillery

I spent Mother’s Day with my family in Lynchburg, Tennessee, at Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Distillery, because moms like Jack Daniel, too. I have wanted to write about one of these tours for a couple of years now. Not because I’m … Continue reading

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“Beyond the Administrative History:” Report from NCPH Working Group

Last Friday, my working group on National Park Service administrative histories convened for discussion at the National Council on Public History meeting in Nashville. Administrative histories are documents that the NPS uses to understand the agency’s involvement in a particular … Continue reading

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