Benjamin Shambaugh and the Intellectual Foundations of by Rebecca Conard

By Rebecca Conard

Although his identify is little recognized this present day open air Iowa, through the early a part of the 20th century Benjamin Shambaugh (1871–1940) used to be a key determine within the ancient career. utilizing his unusual profession as a lens, Conard's seminal paintings is the 1st publication to contemplate public historical past as a vital part of the highbrow improvement of the historic career as a complete within the United States.

Conard attracts upon an unpublished, mid-1940s biography via examine historian Jacob Swisher to track the forces that formed Shambaugh's early years, his management of the country historic Society of Iowa, his improvement of utilized background and commonwealth heritage within the 1910s and Twenties, and the ameliorations in his pondering and occupation through the Nineteen Thirties. Framing this intriguingly interwoven narrative are chapters that contextualize Shambaugh's expert improvement in the improvement of the historic career as a complete within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries and investigate his profession in the post-World struggle II emergence of the trendy public heritage movement.

Shambaugh's profession speaks to those that think within the strength of historical past to interact and encourage neighborhood audiences in addition to those that think that historians may still practice their wisdom and techniques outdoors the academy in pursuit of the higher public good.

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The assembly also voted unanimously to establish the conference as an annual event, and the AHA Executive Council approved a request for a subsequent conference the following year at the Baltimore meeting. 51 The Executive Council encouraged this new activity, as evidenced by subsequent actions. ” Shambaugh and Franklin L. 52 Thwaites lost no time ordering the work of his subcommittee. The members devised a standard questionnaire that expanded the scope of Bourne’s previous inquiry and divided up the task of information gathering.

Here [in the American commonwealths] the records are marvelously rich in experiments in civil and criminal law, in the application of constitutional limitations, in labor legislation, in the regulation of common carriers and public utilities, in taxation, in the administration of roads, in domestic relations, in the protection of women and children, in the conservation of health, in the maintenance of order, in the exploitation of natural resources, in the promotion of industry, and in the democratization of education and politics.

John Shambaugh did not live to see his two sons achieve his aspirations for them, but he provided for their higher education in his will. It was thus their gift of fate to be last in birth order. Benjamin treasured the special advantage his father gave him, and he used this gift of fate to forge a dual career as an academic and as the leader of a state historical society. George went on to become a physician. One senses—Shambaugh himself never said as much—that he somehow felt obliged to return that gift over and over, to his students and to “the commonwealth,” meaning Iowa.

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