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List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Foreword Bob Beatty Introduction Rebecca Bush and Tawny Paul 1. Visual Art and the American Experience: Creating an Art Gallery in a History and Culture Museum Tuliza Fleming 2. Citizenship and Caricature: Teaching the American Past with Images Jennifer M. Black 3. Investigating the Past through Art: Opportunities for Museum Education Megan Clark and Heidi Moisan 4. "The art museum does history?": Building Connections and Relevancy within Multidisciplinary Museums Rebecca Bush 5. Coming Face-to-Face with the Past: Exploring Scottish History and National Identity through Portraiture Tawny Paul 6. Framing the Collaborative Process Teresa Bramlette Reeves, Julia Brock, and Kirstie Tepper 7. A Call for Proactive Public Historians Nancy Dallett 8. Savannah's Hidden Histories: Using Art and Historical Markers to Explore Local History Holly Goldstein and Christy Crisp 9. Travelers, Tale-telling, Truth, and Time Rebecca Keller Conclusion Rebecca Bush and Tawny Paul Bibliography About the Contributors

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Rebecca Bush is Curator of History/Exhibitions Manager at the Columbus Museum in Georgia. Her professional interests include local history in all its variations, especially in rural communities, and multiple-perspective interpretation. She often focuses her research on social history of the American South in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Rebecca earned a BA in History from Kansas State University and a MA in Public History from the University of South Carolina. Tawny Paul is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter (UK). Her work combines academic and public history. Alongside research in eighteenth-century British social history, she has an interest in contemporary uses of the past and in how academic histories can be presented to wider audiences, and has worked professionally as an interpretive planner. Tawny earned her BA in History from Vassar College and holds a PhD in Social History from the University of Edinburgh.


It is high time this book came out. Contained herein are a group of wonderfully disparate, lively essays about the intertwining of art and public history that inspire and provoke. This book will be a pleasure for aficionados of art and history museums, and a must read for any professional serious about complicating and refreshing the definition of public history. -- Deborah Schwartz, President, Brooklyn Historical Society
Art and Public History is an essential contribution that explores the integration of the two disciplines. Based in a diverse set of case studies, the contributors present practical applications that include K-12 educational curricula, professional collaboration in museums, and public outreach. The volume is an excellent "how to" resource for engaging audiences, challenging histories, and making meaning in both public history and fine arts contexts. -- Robert Connolly, professor, Louisiana State University
Art and Public History provides a creative playground with which to brainstorm ideas for creating collaborations between artists and historians. The authors make a compelling case for the power of such collaborations to bring the stories of under-represented communities to life. Case studies chronicle an impressive range of efforts, creating both professional guidance and a jumping-off point for envisioning new endeavors -- Susan Ferentinos Ph.D, Public History Researcher, Writer, and Consultant and Author, Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites

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