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Two of the biggest questions newcomers to public history have are: What is it? and How did it get started?

What is Public History? This page contains several definitions of public history by experts in the field for our readers to think about, consider, and respond to.

How Did Public History Get Started? While entire books have been written about the history (or really the histories) of public history, we have created a brief overview of some of the major themes and turning points in the field. Those interested in a more in-depth view are advised to start with the sources cited in our overview and expand outward from there.



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