In the late 1960s and 1970s, living history flowered, with new developments in research and interpretation at sites like Plimoth Plantation and Old Sturbridge Village, and the establishment of many new living history farms and museums, alongside a new professional organization: the Association for Living History Farms and Museums. This article examines this shift and puts it into conversation with the concurrent countercultural and commune movement, which often resembled—both aesthetically and ideologically—new living history. Using this case study as a model, I argue that in order to fully understand and account for developments in public practice, we must not only look at public history in a wider lens, but also account for form alongside context.
Hippies Living History: Form and Context in Tracing Public History’s Past
Malgorzata J. Rymsza-Pawlowska is assistant professor of history and director of the graduate program in public history at American University. She is the author of History Comes Alive: Public History and Popular Culture in the 1970s (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), and articles that can be found in ASAP/Journal, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Film & History, and Washington History. She is currently working on a new project on the history of time capsules in the twentieth century.
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Malgorzata J. Rymsza-Pawlowska; Hippies Living History: Form and Context in Tracing Public History’s Past. The Public Historian 1 November 2019; 41 (4): 36–55. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2019.41.4.36
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