This article explores one of the most ubiquitous methods of providing history for the public through a study of the Georgia Historical Marker Program. The marker program, begun in 1951, has undergone changes in stewardship, emphasis, and scholarly rigor in recent years. The evolution of the marker program to be more diverse and inclusive mirrors that of the profession more broadly. This study reveals that what seems like an old-fashioned method of presenting history to the public is still very visible and very much engages the public in discourse about Georgia’s history.
“Cameos of History” on the Landscape: The Changes and Challenges of Georgia’s Historical Marker Program
Jennifer Dickey is an associate professor and coordinator of the public history program at Kennesaw State University. She is the author of A Tough Little Patch of History: Gone with the Wind and the Politics of Memory (University of Arkansas Press), Memories of the Mansion: The History of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion (University of Georgia Press), and co-editor of Museums in a Global Context: National Identity, International Understanding (AAM Press).
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Jennifer Dickey; “Cameos of History” on the Landscape: The Changes and Challenges of Georgia’s Historical Marker Program. The Public Historian 7 May 2020; 42 (2): 33–55. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2020.42.2.33
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