During this semester, I followed the blogs Boston 1775, Digital Humanities Now, Public History Commons (specifically History@Work), Gettysburg National Military Park, and History of American Women. Each of these blogs related to areas of interest of mine, or areas with which I would like to become more familiar. In particular, I wanted to become more knowledgeable on the history of Boston, and Boston 1775 offered a wide-range of historical topics regarding Boston. Focusing primarily on Boston during American Revolution period, this blog discusses the study, politics, and myths of Boston in this period, including intriguing insights as to how its history remains relevant still today. For example, an blog post entitled “Removing Symbols of the Old Ways” discusses how on July 18th, 1776, the public removed the lion and unicorn emblems from the State House. The author then ties this trend to how street names were quickly changed in Boston, such as King Street to Court Street. In the end the author argues that throughout history, public symbols have always changed once they are no longer as a reflection of that society, and that these have not been attempts to “erasing history.”
Digital Humanities Now and Public History Commons are more related to my studies here at Northeastern than the other blogs I have followed. The former publishes digital humanities scholarship to open up dialogue on the practice of the digital humanities. The blog has discussed issues with digital history, digital history projects, and digital tools that historians have used, all in the hope that the digital humanities can be more openly discussed. Public History Commons on the other hand, is a project of the National Council on Public History where anyone, professional or amateur, can share projects, issues, and resources regarding public history. What I found to be most intriguing was with History@Work, which often published blog posts regarding controversy and activism in public history. From the UK opening a Jack the Ripper Museum instead of a women’s museum, to Middle State Tennessee University’s campaign to change the name of the hall named after KKK founder General Nathan Bedford Forrest, History@Work shows that public history has a place in affecting how history is represented and portrayed. Lastly, the History of American Women blog credits the talents and achievements of women in American history. Offering more than forty categories, the blog emphasizes women in medicine, abolition movements, art, leadership, and more. While this blog is not regularly updated like the others I have viewed, its additions are still intriguing as they focus on the many of achievements of American women.