Public History

The National Council on Public History (NCPH) defines the work of public, or applied, historians as “the many and diverse ways in which history is put to work in the world.  In this sense, it is history that is applied to real-world issues.”

Inspired by this definition, and by the ongoing mission of Iona College of intellectual inquiry and community engagement, public history at the ITPS consists of a wide-range collaborations with archives, libraries, museums, and historical sites and organizations around the country and abroad, local and regional community partnerships, and student-focused educational and experiential opportunities.

The ITPS understands public history as a form of scholarship in its own right, as well as a key way of interacting with and supporting an interested public, both in academic publication and through digital communication, including podcasts, blogs, and a wide-range of events. 

Led by Public Historian Dr. Michael Crowder, the ITPS engages the public history practices in through collaborative projects with local Westchester County, NY, and New York State historical organizations. These include participation in the New York state REV250NY campaign organizing efforts, spearheaded by the New York State Historian, collaboration with the REV250 Westchester campaign, and service on the Westchester County Historical Society Board of Trustees.

Many of our Public History programs involve undergraduate students at Iona College. See our Student Opportunities page for ways to get involved or listen to our latest podcast on public history:

250th Anniversary of the American Revolution

The ITPS is actively participating in the Rev250NY initiatives involving how to commemorate the 250th anniversary. Dr. Slonimsky and Dr. Crowder are members of the state-wide working group, while Dr. Crowder also serves on the committees in Westchester County and New York City.

Please see our events page for relevant topics, and check back here soon for more details about our Rev250NY collaborations. 

Recent Public History Publications

Dr. Crowder’s keynote address at the Battle of Brooklyn Memorial in Green-Wood Cemetery
Michael Crowder standing at a lectern in Green-Wood Cemetery

Revolutions in Commemoration: How We Remember the American Revolution, Past, Present, and Future

One week before Christmas 1776, patriot writer and war correspondent Thomas Paine packed his latest dispatch in a leather pouch and shoved it into his […]

New York History Journal/ITPS Special Issue

In August of 2020, the ITPS collaborated on a Special Issue of the New York History Journal, “The Meaning of the American Revolution.” Volume 10, Number 1. This issue draws on many of the themes from the spring 2019 Patriot’s Day symposium, “From Concord to Common Sense: Commemoration and Conflict in the Legacy of the American Revolution.”

See the table of contents and authors here.