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Encyclopedia of Local History

Third Edition

Edited by Amy H. Wilson

The Encyclopedia of Local History addresses nearly every aspect of local history, including everyday issues, theoretical approaches, and trends in the field. This encyclopedia provides both the casual browser and the dedicated historian with adept commentary by bringing the voices of over one hundred experts together in one place.

Entries include:

·Terms specifically related to the everyday practice of interpreting local history in the United States, such as “African American History,” “City Directories,” and “Latter-Day Saints.”
·Historical and documentary terms applied to local history such as “Abstract,” “Culinary History,” and “Diaries.”
·Detailed entries for major associations and institutions that specifically focus on their usage in local history projects, such as “Library of Congress” and “Society of American Archivists”
·Entries for every state and Canadian province covering major informational sources critical to understanding local history in that region.
·Entries for every major immigrant group and ethnicity.

Brand-new to this edition are critical topics covering both the practice of and major current areas of research in local history such as “Digitization,” “LGBT History,” museum theater,” and “STEM education.” Also new to this edition are graphics, including 48 photographs.

Overseen by a blue-ribbon Editorial Advisory Board (Anne W. Ackerson, James D. Folts, Tim Grove, Carol Kammen, and Max A. van Balgooy) this essential reference will be frequently consulted in academic libraries with American and Canadian history programs, public libraries supporting local history, museums, historic sites and houses, and local archives in the U.S. and Canada.

This third edition is the first to include photographs.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / AASLH
Pages: 814Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-1-4422-7877-6 • Hardback • February 2017 • $145.00 • (£95.00)
978-1-4422-7878-3 • eBook • February 2017 • $137.00 • (£90.00)
Amy H. Wilson is an independent museum consultant and editor of this volume. She was first curator, then director of the Chemung County Historical Society in Elmira, New York, for thirteen years. Her independently curated exhibits include Atlanta in 50 Objects for the Atlanta History Center and 1968 in America for Exhibits USA. She received her M.A. in public history from Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis.
List of Photos
The Encyclopedia
Appendix A: Ethnic Groups
Appendix B: Religion in North America and Its Communities
Appendix C: State Historical Organizations
Appendix D: NARA Facilities
About the Contributors
The third edition of the Encyclopedia of Local History is a thoughtful reference book from leading public historians, curators, and educators who are engaged in a national conversation about how we are conducting local history now, in a post-9/11 era. Readers will discover new connections among the topics and issues in this single compendium assembled to encourage local historians to think about their work in a broader context that is ever more aware of inclusion, diversity, shared authority and historical relevance.
Julia Rose, Director, West Baton Rouge Museum

The Encyclopedia of Local History is an easy- to-use reference work that should be on every local historian's and library’s shelf. Written in clear and concise language, the volume offers brief but very substantial summaries of the people, places, and ideas that shape our understanding of who we are and how we came to be.
Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, Director & Distinguished Service Professor, Cooperstown Graduate Program