This article looks at what it’s like to work at a dark tourism destination, in this case the Old Idaho Penitentiary. From a public history perspective, it details the challenges of practicing history responsibly, while also catering to visitor demand for paranormal programming such as macabre prison stories. Ultimately, lucrative paranormal investigations allow for more historically based, educational programming that may not be as popular, but fulfills the site’s mission of informing the public of Idaho and prison history.
By making writing a centerpiece of teaching history, time spent preparing for class functions in service of, rather than in competition with, one's own writing projects.
For those of us trained as a historians in a Research I University (R1) graduate program who choose a career in a small liberal arts college (SLAC), the first year can be a culture shock. New faculty should expect to make significant adjustments.
This short guide explains the importance of publishing in peer reviewed journals and gives tips on how best to do it.
Defining your scholarly purpose helps you think through why you want to use social media platforms like Twitter. But, as with everything else, you also need to ask the other elemental questions – who, what, where, when, and how. Twitter, like any other piece of technology, is a tool that can be used strategically. Thinking through these questions helps frame your engagement in an intentional way, ensuring that your actions reflect your purpose.
This piece explores important "dos" and "don'ts" for scholars on the cusp of signing with an editor for their first book.