These websites and blogs are authored by either prominent individuals within the public history and museum world, or they are blogs run under the auspices of some of the organizations mentioned above. Many of them are updated weekly, or even more frequently. They offer great insights into the state of the public history field and provide a first look at emerging trends within the field.
Center for the Future of Museums
The Center for the Future of Museums is AAM’s blog by Elizabeth Merritt, the founding director of the CFM. Merritt writes about her view of the future of the museum world and current trends in museology. Her blog is especially useful for comments about the future of technology and the ways that museums can better integrate technology into their exhibits and missions.
This website houses a multi authored blog dedicated to the idea of social inclusivity, the belief that people of all experiences and backgrounds should be included in all aspects of an organization, within the museum world. The posts, exhibits, and resources available on this site offer incredible insights into inclusivity in museums. Many of the posts highlight examples of museums and projects that focus on participatory methods and projects that target populations generally underserved by museums, such as minorities and homeless populations.
Nina Simon, author of The Participatory Museum, writes insightful essays on this blog about working within museums. Simon believes that museums are areas where communities can come and participate with the learning experiences inherent with museum exhibits. Designing and creating exhibits that encourage active participation with the museum and with the larger community promotes a stronger bond between visitors and the museum, and Simon writes eloquently on ways to do that. Publishing an essay a week, Simon explores how to better work with communities and how to create museum experiences that are meaningful for visitors.
Museum Commons is Gretchen Jennings’ personal blog in which she writes about the museum field. Jennings has been involved in the museum field for many years; she worked for the National Museum of American History and she is currently editor of “Exhibitionist”, the journal of the National Association of Museum Exhibition. Her career within the field has provided her with rich and unique insights into the role that museums can play in the community, and she discusses the role that museums play as community institutions.
PreverationNation is a blog from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The posts detail interesting stories regarding historic preservation and emerging trends in the preservation field. While many posts are about NTHP’s activities, there are also plenty of posts regarding other stories of historic preservation outside of the NTHP.
Public History Commons
NCPH’s website offers numerous resources such as the History@Work blog, news relating to the field of public history, and resources for public historians including best practices, recommended reading lists, and a grant writing guide. History@Work showcases public history projects from across the country and invites contributors to write about their current work and experiences. It also posts series that discuss the issues currently facing public history, such as lack of jobs and attempts to make public history more inclusive and diverse. The blog offers a venue for students to publish and encourages students to submit posts about their work.
The Public Humanist
The Public Humanist is a group blog organized by Mass Humanities with entries roughly every week. The posts revolve around how the humanities can inform public policy debates and conversations, and how a humanities education can aid the public. Many of the posts involve historical thinking and events and the ways that history can inform the present. The blog offers examples of historical thinking in public outside of traditional venues such as museums and universities.
Beyond Academe is a website that supports academic historians exploring and planning careers outside of the academy. The site offers numerous articles about different career paths that are available to historians, tips for how to apply and compete for these jobs, profiles of historians working outside of the academy, and a list of job posting sites.