It doesn't matter how experienced I might be at writing; the first submission of any new writing-type feels the worst. I remember my first paper submitted to my historiography class in graduate school. After my many tears and gnashing of teeth, I settled on something I felt comfortable enough to print and turn into the professor. Thankfully, my gnashing of teeth lessened as school progressed.
My goal is to publish at least one post a week regarding history in interpretation, interpretation of history, historical interpretation, etc. I was most recently inspired by last week's joint conference of NCPH and OAH. I didn't actually attend, but a number of attendees produced enough digital content to light a fire under my public historian being and motivated me to start a blog. I love to read about what others are doing and would like to join that conversation. If this blog is my way of joining the conversation, consider this post the "My Name is Elizabeth"nametag. Introductions, handshakes, and smiles will eventually lead to thought-provoking conversation (hopefully).
Tomorrow I will be attending an all-day workshop hosted for those interested in digital creativity. The workshop is not necessarily designed for historians or educators or public servants. But is has been advertised as "a daylong exploration of what the future of our creative economy can look like." I am interested to see what futuristic ideas will be presented so I can chew on those ideas in light of historical interpretation. Next week I will be attending a webinar training sponsored by the National Park Service entitled, "Integrating Civil War to Civil Rights." The class will focus on the interpretation of these themes. If the assigned pre-coursework is any indication of the level of thought the class will provoke, I am in for a treat.