Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


Doing History

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Bonus Episode: Why Historians Study History

History is about people, but what do we know about the people behind history’s scenes?

Who are the people who tell us what we know about our past? And how do they come to know what they know?

Today, we begin our year-long “Doing History” series with a special bonus episode about historians and why they do the work they do.

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Supporting this series helps to meet one of the chief aims of the Lapidus Initiative: to make more transparent the intensive and collaborative processes of developing and producing high-quality scholarship. It also offers us a new and exciting opportunity for public outreach.