In this reflective essay, the author addresses how, through the course of his professional public history career, he developed an evolving understanding of the complexities of interpreting community history, the nuances of contested space, and how social privilege fit within this process. Drawing upon decades of personal experiences and professional activities with community and oral history–based projects, he expresses how public historians can recognize multiple perspectives and then work in tandem with various constituencies to navigate an array of interpretive and preservation challenges. Finally, he encourages his fellow practitioners to acknowledge and understand the intricacies of social privilege, from both a personal and project-oriented perspective, in the practice of the public history craft.
National Council on Public History Presidential Address: Places, Privilege, and Public History: A Journey of Acknowledging Contested Space
Patrick K. Moore is the UWF Public History Program director, a senior historian with Historical Research Associates, Inc., a partner with Three21 Innovations, LLC, and a founder of NextExitHistory™. As a public historian, Moore has spent more than twenty years working with federal agencies and organizations. Moore served as president of the National Council on Public History from 2014 to 2016 and was the 2007 Carnegie Foundation-CASE US Professor of the Year for the State of Florida.
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Patrick K. Moore; National Council on Public History Presidential Address: Places, Privilege, and Public History: A Journey of Acknowledging Contested Space. The Public Historian 1 August 2016; 38 (3): 10–24. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2016.38.3.10
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