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Simon, Roger I. “Museums, Civic Life, and the Educative Force of Remembrance.” Journal of Museum Education 31(2) (2006): 113-22.


Public history is inherently pedagogical. How it is enacted has implications for civic life now and in the future. A democratic society requires forms of public history beyond those that provide recognition and affirmation of existing identities and values. A museum-based public history is needed that fosters on-going work of repair and reinvention of existing institutions. A sketch is provided in this article of the epistemological framing of one such exhibition.