Crowbars and Blue Books: Years of Bridging Academic and Public History

I never expected to research using a crowbar but became a better historian once I did.

Lecture Description

Crowbars which remove non-historic floors that cover original ones can be important tools for historic research just as the US census, Sanford fire insurance maps, and inflation calculators are. Over the past thirty years the chasm between public and academic historians has decreased but still weakens the profession. This lecture considers the strengths of both crowbars and bluebooks in doing professional history and how we can strengthen History and the profession by using both.


Material Culture and Architecture Public History and Memory

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