The OAH/National Park Service Collaboration

“From the home of Frederick Law Olmsted in the hills outside Boston to the desert of Joshua Tree National Park in southern California . . . from the history of Chinese Americans in the Pacific West to the wildlife wonderland of the Florida Everglades . . . and on memorial landscapes from the American Revolution through the Civil War to the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995 . . . “

The Organization of American Historians has teamed up with the National Park Service to bring the best, most up-to-date scholarship to bear on the presentation of history to the American public.

Through the OAH’s collaboration with the National Park Service, OAH members have an opportunity to apply their historical expertise to a public purpose: to build bridges between scholarship and a public audience, and between the academy and the world of public history. Our projects include scholars’ visits to national park sites, administrative histories, historic resource studies, national landmarks theme studies, peer review of interpretive material, curriculum development, and conferences and seminars.

Utilizing a wide range of projects, consultation, and network building, the OAH and the NPS are working together to ensure that the American public receives current, nuanced, and thought-provoking information about the nation’s past.

For specific questions about the OAH-NPS collaboration, please contact the OAH Public History Manager at

Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service

The OAH is pleased to announce the availability of Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service, a new report examining the practice and presentation of American history in the National Park Service and at its sites.