Public History and Dark Tourism

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.

Becoming a Twitterstorian: Social Media, Scholarly Communication, and Professional Practice

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.

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