The CHA Public History Working Group is Reassembling and Needs Participants!

Published on April 29, 2022

The public history working group is one of the CHA's affiliated committees. These groups generally represent those involved in specific, focused areas of inquiry. The mandate of the committee (distilled) is:

  1. To promote public history as a practice and as a discipline.
  2. To bring together historians interested in the field of public history.
  3. To disseminate current research and promote relevant events.
  4. To act, through the CHA, as an advocacy group for public historical concerns. 
  5. To assist the CHA by proposing and co-ordinating future public history sessions at its annual meeting.

There will be a restart / annual meeting of the committee during this years' CHA conference - a lunch meeting on 18 May. It will not be on the conference platform. The basic business of that meeting will be to assemble a functional executive and to discuss three principal objectives for the coming year:

1) To revise the bylaws and processes of the committee in order to promote its sustained function and the preservation of institutional knowledge;

2) To explore and test a few collaborations that support the working group's function as a public history network and resource in Canada;

3) To establish contact lists for the committee and for potential projects or partnerships in public history knowledge dissemination

Please let me know if you would like to propose other business for the meeting.

We will need a few people to volunteer for the executive. I would invite you to contact me ahead of the meeting to ease this process. The existing bylaws define the executive as follows: "Chair, Associate Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer, a Liaison person, six regional representatives (Atlantic Provinces, Ontario, Quebec, Northern Canada, Western provinces, and British Columbia), and a student representative."

Beyond that, if you are interested in the work of the committee but unable to attend the meeting, I invite you to get in touch with me via email ( This includes your thoughts and suggestions for potential directions or opportunities for the committee, as well as your enthusiastic volunteering for the various executive positions! Here is the link to register for the meeting, scheduled for 1230-1400 Eastern on 18 May 2022

Beyond the CHA:
If you have contacts who work with public history but are not CHA members, please feel free to share this email with them and invite them to contact me. There is no requirement to be a CHA member in order to participate in the public history working group.
With my best regards,

Steven Schwinghamer
Historian | Historien
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 | Musée canadien de l'immigration du Quai 21
1055 chemin Marginal Road
Halifax, NS  B3H 4P7

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