I am a park ranger at Shenandoah National Park, but my blog represents my own musings and enjoyment of the NPS.
Day 1 of the conference is already turning out to be amazing. The duel combo of NCPH (National Council on Public History) and OAH (Organization of American Historians) makes it hard for me to pick and choose which sessions to attend. I just attended a morning session about sites of conscience and it really got me thinking about how we can use history to engage the public in discussions about current topics. History isn’t always pleasant and remember, our current issues are what we are leaving for the future to study. Communities can and should be involved in the conversation about their past and how we perceive choices made back then versus how we think we would handle them today.