"Listen my children and you shall hear": Balancing History and Myth in Massachusetts Public History
A Conference for Massachusetts History Organizations
Presented by Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Historical Society, University of Massachusetts Amherst Public History Program, University of Massachusetts Boston Public History and Archives Track
Monday, June 3, 2013 9:00am - 4:00pm Hogan Campus Center, College of Holy Cross, Worcester [directions]
Join us on Monday, June 3rd for a thought-provoking day examining myth in Massachusetts history. Ray Raphael, author of the forth-coming Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get it Right (March 2013), a companion volume to the earlier Founding Myths: Stories that Hide our Patriotic Past, will explore “Why Myths Persist” in his keynote address.
In sessions and round tables such as Massachusetts History beyond the Tea Party; Reinterpretation 101; Redefining Freedom on the Trail, and “It Never Happened Here”: Iconic Myth as Burden we will examine and present organizations, programs and projects that have successfully harnessed myths, expanded their narratives, and redefined their mission without losing their identity. In practical sessions/workshops we will explore “teaching the problem,” and how to use this model for programming purposes in exciting ways that successfully challenge audiences.
Visit the Mass History Commons wiki, a companion site where you can interact with other attendees, participate in eRideShare for the conference, sign up for space in the Mass Commons room, and later find the presentations from the various sessions.
Registration Fees Fee includes workshop, morning refreshments, buffet lunch (vegetarian option available), and afternoon snack Registrations cannot be refunded; however you may send another person in your place. Online Registration | Mail-in Registration Form (pdf) Register by 5pm, Thursday, May 30th
Standard Fee per person
Student Fee (include copy of student ID with registration or bring ID to event if registering online)
Per person for 3 registrants from same organization at the same time
Per person for 4 registrants from same organization at the same time
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9:30-9:45 AM Ballroom
9:45-10:45 AM Ballroom
Keynote Address: Why Myths Persist — And How History Can Compete by Ray Raphael Author, Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past and Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right