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. . . [H]ow often are local historians gently, engagingly, and effectively challenged to think about what they do and why and how they do it? The second and revised edition of Carol Kammen's On Doing Local History, like the first edition, does that by continuing to make us think. New materials have been added without sacrificing what is timeless and true in the materials carried forward from the first edition. The author's revisions reflect changes that have occurred in the field of history since the publication of the original edition, and offer thoughtful perspectives on the themes, topics, approaches, and concerns of local historians past and present. On Doing Local History chronicles the history of local history in the United States, deconstructs the processes by which one generation revises what has been previously held true about the past, and provides concrete examples of how local history is actually done. This book is certainly pr
My students were captivated not only by the manner in which Kammen made local history interesting (the concept of local history being something quite foreign to those recent high school graduates), but also the style with which she presented her information. [The second edition of] On Doing Local History provided them a logically constructed window through which they could view and understand the nature of history. Because Kammen has such an obvious gift for conceptualizing and writing about local history, my students departed my class with a much greater appreciation for the idea of history and how history is constructed and used, locally and nationally.
This third edition of On Doing Local History contains all of the informative essays of the previous versions. Readers will additionally benefit from a new compelling chapter on doing ecclesiastical history and an inspired meditation on the public benefits of encouraging Clio to interact with other muses of the arts and humanities. She proposes here that if an understanding of history is enhanced by the inclusion of art and music, then clearly the public presentation of music and art can be enriched when accompanied by historical context. Our sense of history— local, public, and general—is equally enhanced by the intelligent analysis of Clio’s profession found in On Doing Local History.