News & Publications

Curating America: Journey’s Through Storyscapes of the American Past

by Richard Rabinowitz, has been published by the University of North Carolina Press. This long-awaited book traces Richard’s work as one of the most innovative practitioners in the making of America’s public history since the 1960s. The book explores the radically altered landscape of public concern with the American past, examining the shattering of a master historical narrative after the upheavals of the Vietnam era, the emergence of new approaches to cognitive science and pedagogy, and the reinvention of museums as shared spaces of civic and personal meaning-making.

Watch Richard Rabinowitz on C-Span

A conversation with Deborah Schwartz about his new book, Curating America, at the Brooklyn Historical Society, January 2017
Watch video here.


The records of over 500 AHW projects have been donated to the archival collections of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. They document the creative process of developing new museums and exhibitions in every corner of the United States since the 1960s. Many will be digitized and searchable. For further information, contact Robert Cox, special collections librarian, at the Du Bois Library,

Rabinowitz wins Guggenheim Fellowship!

The John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded Richard Rabinowitz a Fellowship in the Humanities, in the category of Intellectual and Cultural History, for 2015-2016. Of the 3100 applicants this year, 175 artists and scholars were selected for fellowships. Interestingly, Richard is one of just a handful of the scholar-honorees without an academic affiliation. He has used the fellowship to complete his book Curating America, due out from the University of North Carolina Press in the fall of 2016.

Richard Rabinowitz Recognized

In August 2014, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati recognized Richard Rabinowitz’s contributions as the lead public historian on the museum’s initial master plan..

G. Wesley Johnson Award

Richard Rabinowitz was awarded the G. Wesley Johnson Award of the National Council on Public History for 2013 for his article, “Eavesdropping at the Well: Interpretive Media in the Slavery in New York Exhibition,” in The Public Historian journal, Summer 2013.

Press Release
From: National Council on Public History
Putting History to Work in the World
Public History Awards for 2014: The G. Wesley Johnson Award,
named in honor of the founding editor of The Public Historian, recognizes the most outstanding article appearing in the NCPH journal during the previous volume year. Rabinowitz won the award for “Eavesdropping at the Well: Interpretive Media in the Slavery in New York Exhibition,” The Public Historian Vol. 35, No 3.

  See full Press Release here

Fellowship At The University Of Sydney

From March to May, 2014, Richard Rabinowitz and Lynda B. Kaplan were based at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. While in Australia, they made a study of how Australian and American museums have taken contrasting approaches to their national histories. Rabinowitz also participated in a lively seminar on the role of advocacy in public history at the University of Sydney on April 28, 2014, and gave workshops and lectures at Deakin University and Monash University in Melbourne.

Du Bois in Our Time, a video

Produced and directed by Lynda B. Kaplan, the documentary explores how ten artists engaged the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois in new work for an exhibition at the University Museum of Contemporary Artists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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From the Inkwell

Some writings on public history and interpretive exhibitions: