Revolutions in knowledge, authority, and technology are creating opportunities to reconceive encyclopedias as vehicles for building shared community information. This essay describes how The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia strived to build from a foundation of civic engagement to create a reference tool that provides reliable, accessible information about a region while also building community by raising awareness of shared patterns of history and experience.
The Encyclopedia as a Process of Civic Engagement
Charlene Mires, editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden. She is a past winner of the G. Wesley Johnson award for her article “In the Shadow of Independence Hall: Vernacular Activities and the Meaning of Historic Places,” The Public Historian (Spring 1999): 49-64, and the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002) and Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations (NYU Press, 2013).
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Charlene Mires; The Encyclopedia as a Process of Civic Engagement. The Public Historian 1 May 2013; 35 (2): 14–23. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2013.35.2.14
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