The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG)
“Federal History and the Public Audience”
April 4–5, 2014
Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
It is well known that federal historians serve policymakers in their respective institutions, providing background information and historical context for informed governmental decisions. Yet, federal historians and others who produce historical work also play a unique and important role in providing crucial information and historical context for an informed citizenry. In nearly every agency of the government, from the National Park Service to the Department of Defense, these professionals work to educate citizens about the history of the United States and to make government processes more transparent. The Annual Meeting will explore the many ways in which federal historians enrich the public sphere and contribute to the public dialogue, as well as the tensions inherent is serving multiple audiences.