Starting in early April I'll be making a trek from Massachusetts, along the Great Lakes, and on to Des Moines, Milwaukee, and Chicago, before returning to Massachusetts at the end of the month.
In Milwaukee I'll attend the annual joint Organization of American Historians/National Council on Public History 2012 conference, April 18 - 22. Thanks to John Dichtl and Cathy Stanton of the National Council on Public History and fellow member and Boston NPS Ranger Chuck Arning who had helpful insights and suggestions about why the conference would be a good place to connect with others from across the country.
I've also proposed this topic for a Dine Around (Friday, April 20; 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm):
Engaging the "Public" in "Public History:" Strategies and tactics for getting more people into historical museums, sites, and landmarks
(Discussion continues below the program)
Update: March 22: The topic was approved, so the next question: Where shall we go for dinner?
Update: April 18: See the blog post above for updates on the conference and this Dine Around.
If accepted—not quite sure of the selection process/criteria/voting—this would offer the opportunity for individuals responsible for a museum, site, or landmark the opportunity to share ideas, successes, and lessons learned. Recent meetings in Boston with prominent institutions resulted in these insights from their experiences.
This is a rough schedule:
- April 9 - 15 Central Iowa
- April 16 - 22 Milwaukee (OAH/NCPH 2012 Conference: April 18 - 22)
- April 23 - 29 Chicago
- April 30 - May 4 Great Lakes Region
To arrange a meeting in one of these destinations, or somewhere along the way, contact me.
Looking forward to attending the conference and to the meetings and conversation before, during, and after.