The IFPH is honored to announce that Arnita Jones, Ph.D., corresponding secretary of the IFPH Steering Committee from 2011 to 2015, has been selected to receive the NCPH Founder’s Award at this year’s 2016 annual meeting in Baltimore, MD, USA.
IFPH founder and Arizona State University public history professor Jann Warren-Findley died February 4 in Phoenix, Arizona, after a brief illness. In April of this year at the upcoming National Council on Public History she was slated to receive the NCPH’s prestigious Robert Kelley Award.
In recent decades, public enthusiasm for history and popular engagement with the past has grown dramatically. The popularity of history is manifested most visibly in the proliferation of television documentaries and historical dramas but it is also discernible in the rebirth of the historical novel, the organization of large-scale commemorations of historical anniversaries, the development of new historical museums and exhibitions, re-enactments and living history activities and the emergence of public history as a separate field of academic study. Digitization has also brought history and historical research to the broader public in hitherto unconceivable ways. Yet, for the most part, and with some notable exceptions, academic historians have remained extraneous to these developments, and their relationship to the public is different from that of public historians.