Public History Episodes

April 2, 2021

198. Contesting Monuments and Memory in South Carolina with Dr. Lydia…

The South Carolina State House Grounds is a landscape of monuments and memory. Since the capital moved from Charleston to Columbi…

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Feb. 4, 2021

194. Building Digital History Projects at the Washington Library with…

One of the most important things we’re able to do at the Center for Digital History is offer internships to college students. Wor…

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Jan. 21, 2021

193. Rifling through Washington's Receipts with Dr. Julie Miller

Take a receipt out of your pocket. What does it say about you? Receipts can tell us a lot about people and the world in which the…

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Dec. 17, 2020

188. Exploring the Benjamin Franklin House of London with Dr. Márcia …

In 1757, Benjamin Franklin returned to London after an over thirty-year absence. He first ventured to the imperial capital in 172…

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Dec. 10, 2020

187. Winning a Consolation Prize with Dr. Abby Mullen

Consuls are essential to American foreign relations. Although they may not be as flashy or as powerful as an Ambassador like Thom…

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Oct. 29, 2020

182. Recording an Oral History of the Obama Presidency with Evan D. M…

What is a legacy? As the artist Lin-Manual Miranda tells us, it’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see. American presi…

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Oct. 15, 2020

180. Reading Letters by Early American Women with Kathryn Gehred

If you pull any decent history book off your shelf right now, odds are that it’s filled with quotes from letters, diaries, or acc…

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Oct. 1, 2020

178. Digitally Interning at the Washington Library with Jamie Morris

The Washington Library's Center for Digital History often collaborates with students to advance its research and public history p…

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June 18, 2020

163. Returning to Lives Bound Together on Juneteenth with Jessie MacL…

This Friday marks the anniversary of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the moment on June 19, 1865 when enslaved people i…

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March 19, 2020

150. Teaching Online in a Time of Covid-19 with Sadie Troy

It's mid-March 2020 and chances are you're listening to this episode from the comfort of your home as you practice social distanc…

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March 12, 2020

149. Charting a Geographer's Career with Ron Grim

Dr. Ron Grim has been a geographer for over 40 years. After receiving his PhD from the University of Maryland, Ron embarked on a …

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Feb. 20, 2020

146. Doing Public History at Mount Vernon with Jeanette Patrick

Like many folks around the country, you might have spent the last three evenings watching Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Washington docum…

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Jan. 30, 2020

143. Finding Ona Judge's Voice with Sheila Arnold

In May 1796, Ona Judge , Martha Washington’s enslaved maidservant, freed herself by walking out of the Washington’s Philadelphia …

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