Denise Meringolo is a public history scholar-practitioner. She teaches courses in community-based public history practice, material culture, and digital public history, and she is the author of Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History (2012), which won the National Council on Public History Book Award. She is currently leading a collaborative study, "Radical Roots: Civic Engagement, Public History, and a Tradition of Social Justice Activism," which aims to identify historical precedents of the core values and practices that define the field and to advance critical perspectives on how public history has served social justice in the past and today.
In addition, Meringolo has established a digital collection project, Baltimore Uprising 2015, that allows individuals to preserve images, videos, and stories about the protests that erupted after Freddie Gray's death in police custody in April 2015. She is working with the Maryland Historical Society to expand this project’s collecting efforts and to facilitate the development of other community-designed interpretive projects.
Meringolo also currently partners with Baltimore Heritage, a local preservation advocacy organization, to develop content for the Explore Baltimore Heritage app, which outlines self-guided walking tours of the city's neighborhoods. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, she worked at numerous public history institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. She served on the board of directors of the National Council on Public History from 2013 to 2016 and is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park.
Image credit: Marlayna Demond, UMBC, OIA/Creative Services
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- Radical Roots: Social Justice Activism and the Historical Landscape
- The American Civilization Institute of Morristown: A Case Study in Community-Based Teaching and Learning
- Preserve the Baltimore Uprising: A Case Study in Public History Practice