This blog is a discussion space for participants in the working group “Imagining New Careers in Public History” at the 2012 National Council on Public History/Organization of American Historians joint meeting in Milwaukee.
Our purpose in assembling this group is to address a question that concerns the very core of our shared enterprise: how will public historians make a living in the years ahead? Conventional logic suggests that, while more and more public history programs churn out new job seekers, and as persistent global economic instability threatens employment everywhere, all of us face diminishing prospects. At least, that’s one way to look at it. We’d prefer to think of this potential crisis as an opportunity to imagine new vectors of practice for public historians.