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Published February 1, 2023

In the second episode of Making Queer History Public, we talk with psychotherapist, teacher, and activist, Michelle Esther O’Brien. We discuss the work Michelle has put in coordinating the NYC Trans Oral History Project, a community archive devoted to the collection, preservation and sharing of trans histories. Making Queer History Public is sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant.

Learn more about the NYC Trans Oral History Project, and access their archive, here. Listen to an interview with Michelle O’Brien on oral history methodology here. You can find out more about Michelle’s work here, and support her on...Read full description

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Published January 12, 2023

In the first episode of Making Queer History Public, we talk with archivist, writer, and documentarian, Steven G. Fullwood, about his experiences archiving the lives of LGBTQ+ folks at the Schomburg Center. We also discuss the historical exclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in institutional archives and the work that people like Steven have done to bring their stories to light.

Learn more about the Nomadic Archivists Project here , and the In The Life Archives at the Schomburg Center (NYPL) here .

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Published October 12, 2022

The NML assists doctoral students from across academic disciplines to create digital projects or tools to support their scholarly research and teaching. Lab projects integrate digital technologies into traditional academic practice, challenging scholars to develop fresh questions in their respective fields using the tools of new technology. Visit the New Media Lab website to learn about upcoming meetings and for information about how to become involved.Read more

Published October 12, 2022

Rachel Pitkin is a first-year PhD student in History at the GC. Her current research interests include public and urban history, and history of women and gender in the twentieth century United States. Rachel comes to the GC with a background in education, and in teaching history/social studies. She holds an MA in Museum Studies and an MA in History, and she is a longtime volunteer at the LGBT Community Center National History Archives. As a Graduate Assistant during the fall 2022 semester, Rachel will support the ASHP/CML’s ongoing work to disseminate materials from the LGBTQ+ Histories of the United...Read more

Published October 12, 2022

In May, Director of Online Programs Peter Mabli presented Who Built America: The OER––ASHP/CML's upcoming free and publicly-accessible version of the WBA textbook with interactive charts and content from History Matters––at the National Council of Public History’s Annual Conference. His presentation was part of an online roundtable discussion among public historians who have created open educational resources, digital monographs and edited collections, and other digital publications. Other participants included representatives from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, the Smithsonian, and the Universities of Maryland and Cincinnati.

The discussants outlined reasons for publishing...Read more

Published October 12, 2022

For the second year, ASHP/CML has received a small grant to participate in CUNY’s LGBTQIA+ Consortium. With funding from the City Council of NYC, the Consortium supports LGBTQIA+ training, education, programming, and archives at 14 campuses. At the Graduate Center, participants include CLAGS: the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Mina Rees Library, and the Public Science Project. Stayed tuned for announcements of future programs funded through this initiative.Read more

Published October 12, 2022

Work is ongoing on “Past/Present,” our AHA-funded project to create teaching resources and primary source collections that help educators link history to current events. The new collections of materials will be available by the end of this school year on Social History for Every Classroom, ASHP/CML’s online resource database for K-12 educators.

Over the summer we met with teams of teachers from across the country and educational advisors to discuss the use of history to teach current events, explore pedagogical best practices, and brainstorm themes for new collections of teaching materials. 

These brainstorming sessions provided ASHP/CML with a rich array of topics...Read more

Published October 12, 2022

This summer thirty middle and high school teachers from throughout the United States joined the ASHP/CML for a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Summer Institute on LGBTQ+ Histories of the United States. For two weeks in July, participants met virtually for presentations by noted scholars and archivists, and for hands-on workshops focused on teaching about LGBTQ+ history. The institute introduced the rich body of recent scholarship covering the span of U.S. history, from early America to the 1990s, and engaged sources suited for classroom use, including military and government records, oral history interviews, literature, photography,  and organizational archives. Several...Read more