David Janssen, Executive Director of Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, IA and 2016 Annual Meeting Program Chair, wrote an article for the Spring 2016 issue of History News that discusses Detroit’s history and its lessons for historians. As the city changes, rebuilds, and realigns itself with contemporary American life, it serves as a model for history professionals who must also constantly adapt and demonstrate relevance to changing times and demographics.


If historical knowledge is a vital tool during times of transition, it follows that local history organizations have a role to fill. To the extent that “all politics is local,” there must be a corollary for history as well. While these debates play out on a national stage, they resonate locally. Like Detroit, the public history profession must take into account a changing reality.

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