The Public History Project is an interdisciplinary research consortium based within the bio-region that is home to New York and New Jersey. We map how the connections between dispossession, enslavement, migration, and extractive trade networks have led to historical and current ecological crises. We share our findings through publicly accessible archives, intentional gatherings, K-20 curricular development and media projects.
What We Do
We are researching and building a foundational public research archive about the land uses and abuses of this estuarial region in order to recognize, and to address, the human and environmental costs of dispossession and enslavement, trade and extraction heretofore hidden in the balance sheet of five centuries of post-contact regional metropolis building.
We focus on the larger bio-region as a whole to remove notions of artificial jurisdictions which limit our ability to understand the interconnections that have led to current ecological crises. We share our findings through publicly accessible archives, intentional gatherings, new media initiatives, and K-20 curricular development in efforts to develop a regional eco-literacy and eco-sensitivity about the ongoing impacts of the parcelization of the region.
We seek to build an inclusive and informed conversation-centered public commons within which historical reckoning, social justice, climate change, and climate justice can be grappled with together. By expanding public capacity to face the cascading impacts of global warming on the region, we want to support a graceful transition reaffirming the shared core values and solidarity of many diverse cultures and peoples living in balance with the planet.