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Public History at UMass Amherst

Massachusetts boasts a rich network of museums, archives, historical societies, documentary filmmakers, and historic preservation agencies, as well as one of the top public research universities in the nation. Since 1986, the Public History Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has provided a vital link between the University and the Commonwealth's wide variety of institutions that preserve and communicate history to the public.

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National Park Service

Bruggeman, Seth C. Here, George Washington Was Born: Memory, Material Culture, and the Public History of a National Monument. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008.

Carr, Ethan. Mission 66: Modernism and the National Park Dilemma. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2007.

———. Wilderness by Design: Landscape Architecture and the National Park Service. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.

Kaufman, Polly W. National Parks and the Woman’s Voice: A History. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2006.

Keiter, Robert B. To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2013.

Meringolo, Denise D. Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History (Public History in Historical Perspective). Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.

Moyer, Teresa S., and Paul A. Shackel. The Making of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: A Devil, Two Rivers, and a Dream. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2007.

Savage, Kirk. Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.

Sellars, Richard W. Preserving Nature in the National Parks: A History; With a New Preface and Epilogue. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Stanton, Cathy. The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Post-Industrial City. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006.

Tilden, Freeman. Interpreting Our Heritage. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2008.

Whisnant, Anne M. Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Whisnant, Anne Mitchell, Marla R. Miller, Gary B. Nash, and David Thelen. Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service. Bloomington: Organization of American Historians, 2011. (PDF)

Zenzen, Joan M. Fort Stanwix National Monument: Reconstructing the Past and Partnering for the Future. Albany: SUNY Press, 2008.