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Temple University, Department of History
942 Gladfelter Hall, 1115 W. Berks St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Seth C. Bruggeman is a Professor of History at Temple University where he also directs the Center for Public History. A graduate of the College of William & Mary’s PhD program in American Studies, Bruggeman studies the role of memory in public life, and particularly how Americans have used objects—in museums, monuments, historic, sites, and other commemorative spaces—to exert control over how we understand the past. His courses concern American cultural history, material culture, memory, and public history. His books include Lost on the Freedom Trail: The National Park Service and Urban Renewal in Boston (University of Massachusetts Press, 2021), Commemoration: The American Association for State and Local History Guide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), Born in the USA: Birth and Commemoration in American Public Memory (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012), and Here, George Washington Was Born: Memory, Material Culture, and the Public History of a National Monument (University of Georgia Press, 2008).

Affiliations: Temple University; Dept. of History; Center for Public History

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