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H-Public was created in 1994 by the National Council on Public History, an organization created in 1980 to encourage a broader interest in history and to bring together people, institutions, agencies, businesses, and academic programs with an interest in the field of public history. You can read more about NCPH and public history at NCPH appoints the editors and advisory board that oversee H-Public. Editors serve a two-year term; currently, the list editors are Debbie Ann Doyle and Cathy Stanton.

H-Public is in a transitional period as NCPH transforms its Public History Commons space ( into the central venue for news updates and announcements about the field. Members of H-Public receive regular postings of the Public History News Update with conference announcements, calls for papers and proposals, announcements, new publications, and other information. For the time being, the listserv will be the primary venue for queries and discussion, though eventually we hope to add a discussion forum to the Public History Commons.

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