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date: 05 June 2020

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This essay examines the world of history beyond the academy. Everything other than academic history lies in this domain: film, TV, museums, libraries, political organizations, newspapers, magazines, historical houses and sites, monuments, memorials, the Internet, websites, cell phones, and all else. These provide the major venues through which history becomes part of our memories. A short section on theory and major works on memory and memorials is followed by a personal reflection on history making in several major institutions in which the author worked: the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, and National Park Service are all major federal institutions that acquire, preserve, arrange, and interpret historical data. Finally, two major public policy movements and their reliance and impact upon public history are considered: the Japanese American redress movement and the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act Apology Project.

Keywords: public history, memory, memorials, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, National Historic Landmarks, Japanese American redress, 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act

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