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
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.