Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


Doing History

The “Doing History” podcast series are about early American history and how historians work. Each series utilizes the OI’s community of early Americanist scholars to discuss issues surrounding the production of scholarship. Each series is a collaboration with Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History.

Doing History Session 1 Doing History Session 1

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Bonus Episode: History and Historians in the Public

Throughout the “Doing History: How Historians Work” series we’ve explored how historians find and research historical topics, how they identify and read historical sources for information, and how they publish their findings so others can know what they know about the past.

But not all historians work to publish their findings about history in books and articles. Some historians work to convey knowledge about history to the public in public spaces and in public ways.

Therefore, we conclude the “Doing History: How Historians Work” series with a look at how historians do history for the public with guest historian Lonnie Bunch, the Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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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.