Seeking panel for SHEAR 2023 -- public history

Amy Speckart's picture

I'm interested in forming a SHEAR 2023 panel with a public history bent that looks ahead to the U.S.'s 250th anniversary in 2026. Given the long history of historic sites as contested spaces for narrating the American Revolution, how are scholars, cultural heritage professionals, and community members coming together to meet the challenge of diversifying educational programs and audiences in the twenty-first century? My specific subject is a Signer of the Declaration of Independence for Maryland, whose home plantation is now managed by the National Park Service, and the people in his orbit who contested their enslavement in the long eighteenth century. I also am working on a diverse and inclusive public program in Charles Co., MD, for 2026. Geographic diversity of topics is welcome. 

For further information, contact Amy Speckart, PhD, independent scholar & Assistant to the Director, Rare Book School, UVA. Email: