The National Council on Public History (NCPH) recently announced that the winner of its 2021 Book Award is Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy (University of Cincinnati Press, 2020). The book was co-edited by Rebecca S. Wingo, University of Cincinnati; Jason A. Heppler, University of Nebraska at Omaha; and Paul Schadewald, Macalester College. Heppler is the Digital Engagement Librarian at UNO Libraries.
The book Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy is available open access, in addition to being available for purchase. Heppler shared, "We're thrilled and humbled to receive the NCPH Book Award, a true testament to our contributors and community partners who shared their time, stories, and experiences in what we see as essential models informing future partnerships with communities and the academy." The authors donated their award from the NCPH to the Rondo Center of Diverse Expression (R/CODE), which is the non-profit organization of Dr. Rebecca Wingo’s community partner.
The National Council on Public History (NCPH) is a nonprofit membership association that inspires public engagement with the past and serves the needs of practitioners in putting history to work in the world. NCPH builds community among historians, expands professional skills and tools, fosters critical reflection on historical practice, and publicly advocates for history and historians. Members of the organization include historical consultants, museum professionals, government historians, professors and students, archivists, teachers, cultural resource managers, curators, film and media producers, historical interpreters, policy advisors, and many others. Members confer at the annual meeting each spring and share their expertise in a scholarly journal (The Public Historian), quarterly newsletter, and multiple online formats, such as the NCPH blog History@Work.
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