Bob Beatty is founder and president of The Lyndhurst Group, a history, museum, and nonprofit consulting firm providing community-focused engagement strategies for institutional planning, organizational assessments, and interpretive direction. From 2007-2017 Bob served in a variety of capacities at the American Association for State & Local History, the only comprehensive national organization dedicated to state and local history, most recently as chief of engagement.
The honest self-reflection of the editor and contributors in regards to their successes and failures in public history is enlightening. This book creates a positive, supportive and empathetic dialogue with its audience, which will resonate with practicing public historians. It will help those practicing public history to understand that failure is a natural part of the process of doing public history, turning issues and challenges into opportunities and catalysts for change. AASHL Guide to Making Public History encourages public historians to be honest and to trust each other; to collaborate, to be less competitive, and to strive through shared passion and experiences to be more inclusive and relevant.