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Doing History talks to scholars of early America about the process and progress of historical scholarship.

Doing History Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

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Doing History talks to scholars of early America about the process and progress of historical scholarship.

    History and Historians in the Public

    History and Historians in the Public

    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. Listen to our interview with Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, on why it’s important for historians to reach multiple audiences with their work and how museums allow them to reach those audiences.

    • 33 min
    The History of Genealogy

    The History of Genealogy

    Karin Wulf, a Professor of History at William & Mary and the Executive Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, reveals why early Americans were interested in genealogy and how they practiced it; Early American and European institutions that encouraged early Americans’ interest in family history; And, why it’s important for both historians and genealogists to understand the history of genealogy.

    • 42 min
    How Genealogists Research

    How Genealogists Research

    In this episode of the “Doing History: How Historians Work” series, we investigate the world of genealogical research with Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and a professional genealogist.

    During our investigation, Josh reveals information about professional genealogists and their research process; Where genealogists look for information and the digital resources they use; And, the role DNA plays in genealogical research.

    • 37 min
    How Historians Publish History

    How Historians Publish History

    During our conversation, William and Mary Quarterly Editor Joshua Piker reveals an overview of why historians view history as a process; Different publication opportunities for historians and how publication fits within the process of history; And a look at what it takes to publish in the premier journal of early American history and culture.

    • 45 min
    How Historians Write About History

    How Historians Write About History

    In this episode, we explore how historians write about history with John Demos, the Samuel Knight Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and an award-winning historian.

    During our conversation, John reveals what the new social and new narrative schools of history are and what it’s like to write about history in those genres; How John decides whether he should write a book about his research topics; And, how John approaches writing and has developed his writing skills over time.

    • 36 min
    How to Organize Your Research

    How to Organize Your Research

    In this episode, Billy Smith, a Professor of History at Montana State University, leads us on an exploration of how historians organize and access their research.

    He uses his own research into the 70,000 people who lived in Philadelphia during the late 18th century and shares how he collected, organized, and accesses his research about those early Philadelphians. He also looks at how historians’ research organizational methods have changed over the last 30 years.

    • 37 min

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