Week 3

What is public history? What is digital history?

How does the National Council on Public History (NCPH) define public history?

Read an interview with public and digital historian Sharon Leon about her take on the two and how they overlap (or don’t) here

Here’s a white paper from the Center for History and New Media on “Digital History and Argument”

Evaluating digital history projects

We also need to consider the ways that digital history projects are evaluated. We will divide into groups in class and apply the following standards to reviewing these projects, before sharing with the rest of the group.

The Journal of American History‘s “categories for digital history reviews,” by Jeff McClurken

The Public Historian‘s “digital project review guidelines


We will work on these in class, but you may want to take a look at some of them ahead of time