Telling Untold Histories: Public History Unconference

Telling Untold Histories – New Jersey’s annual unconference on public history, museums, cultural heritage, and education – is a forum for exploring how we can channel our passion for more inclusive histories into innovative public work in our state and region. We consider this task in its widest vision and in its everyday institutional realities: how do we, in other words, perform this crucial, ethical work within the constraints of time, funding, and personnel?

Who should attend? Curators and educators, archivists and archaeologists, oral historians and librarians, historic preservationists and community activists, and grantmakers, funders, and history lovers are welcome!

Because we value the knowledge you bring, this unconference puts you at the center. Unlike traditional history conferences, the specific content of our discussion sessions comes from the participants themselves, rather than formal papers. Sessions are chosen the day of the unconference, so you will decide what topics we discuss!

Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

  • Using material culture to reveal hidden histories Lessons from (successful and not-so-successful) collaborations with communities
  • How public history can address contemporary social issues like mass incarceration, immigration, and police brutality
  • Showing that parks and other natural places have histories New Jersey is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse states in the country
  • Who is telling the histories of Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, and others?
  • The role of archives in defining what counts as history

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Members of media are welcome to cover this event.