Effective Public History: Lessons from Germantown, America's Most Historic Neighborhood

Code: SL41001

Dates: December 12, 2019

Meets: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Sessions: 1

Location: Creutzburg Center

Course Fee: $35.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

In the last century, the Germantown section of Philadelphia—once the scene of a battle in the Revolutionary War, a stop on the Underground Railroad, and home to a constellation of historic houses and museums—became an incubator of best practices for making history relevant to changing populations. Examine the arguments we have about what happened historically. These "battles"can be constructive.The last 100 years of Germantown's efforts in historic preservation, public memory and urban planning offer useful examples of how contested history can engage communities.


This is part of MLSN's Authors in the Afternoons series. SCHEDULE: 1:15 PM to 1:30 PM - Snacks and beverages; 1:30 to 3:00 PM - Program Copies of "The Battles of Germantown, Effective Public History in America" will be available for purchase at the program. Cash, check and credit card are accepted.
Fee: $35.00

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Creutzburg Center

260 Gulph Creek Road
(in Harford Park)
Radnor, PA 19087
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David Young

Originally from Chicago, David Young has a B.A. in German Studies from Northwestern and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University, where he won a Fulbright fellowship to support research on local politics, culture, and economics in postwar Germany. Young has led historical organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region, including the Salem County Historical Society, the Johnson House Historic Site, Cliveden of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and currently at the Delaware Historical Society since 2018. He has taught at colleges in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania and the Seminar for Historical Administration (now the History Leadership Institute) in Indianapolis. He has served as an officer of the Historic Germantown consortium of museums, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Concord Schoolhouse, winning local and national awards for his work. He serves on the Landmarks Committee of the National Park Service Advisory which makes recommendations about National Historic Landmarks. Young has published on Underground Railroad and African American history in the Mid-Atlantic, historic site sustainability, and public history theory and practice in The Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America (Temple University Press, 2019)


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