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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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Alanen, A., and R. Melnick, eds. Preserving Cultural Landscape in America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Baker, A., and Gideon Biger, eds. Ideology and Landscape in Historical Perspective: : Essays on the Meanings of Some Places in the Past. Cambridge: Columbia University Press, 1992.

Basso, Keith. Wisdom Sits in Places. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996.

Glassberg, David. Sense of History: The Place of the Past in American Life. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001.

Groth, Paul, and Todd W. Bressi. Understanding Ordinary Landscapes. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997.

Hayashi, Robert T. Haunted by Waters: A Journey through Race and Place in the American West. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011.

Hayden, Dolores. The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1997.

Jackson, J. B. The Necessity for Ruins: And Other Topics. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1980.

Low, Setha. On the Plaza: The Politics of Public Space and Culture. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000.

Page, Max, and Randall Mason, eds. Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States. London: Routledge, 2003.

Sandweiss, Martha A. Print the Legend: Photography and the American West. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.

Sears, John F. Sacred Places: American Tourist Attractions in the Late 19th Century. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1989.

Till, Karen E. The New Berlin: Memory, Politics, Place. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.