Resources for Diversity and Inclusion

Resources for Building a More Equitable and
Just Historic Preservation Landscape

Are you looking for readings that will help you tell and preserve diverse and inclusive stories at historic sites? Check out these resources listed below. You can also contact if you would like to suggest a resource to include here or if you need help finding resources.

Black and African American History

Sarah Biehl and Kimberly D. Boice, “What Jack Wore: Incorporating the history of enslaved people at a Pennsylvania farmstead,” History@Work, June 4, 2019.

Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery

Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (2017).

John R. Legg, “A romantic union? Thoughts on plantation weddings from a photographer/historian,” History@Work, February 24, 2020.

Tiya Miles, The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (2012).

State of Black Museums: Historiography Commemorating The Founding and Existence of Black Museums Over Four Decades, The Public Historian, 40, 3 (August 2018).

New Jersey Council on the Humanities, “Our Resolute Commitment to Equity and Justice Through the Humanities,” June 3, 2020.

National Council on Public History Statement on The Killing of George Floyd, which includes resources for preserving current events such as Documenting Now and reading suggestions such as the #CharlestonSyllabus.

Mary Rizzo, All Poetry to the People!: Black Arts Movement Poetry as Public History, History@Work, December 12, 2019.

Jason Romisher, “Lawnside, New Jersey,” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, 2019

Thomas J. Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit(1998) – Updated Edition (2014).

Rhondda Thomas, “Call-And-Respond to My Name, Clemson,” September 21, 2021, History@Work.

James Wolfinger and Stanley Keith Arnold, “Civil Rights (African American),” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, 2017.

Franklin Vagnone, “Systemic Bias & Racism of Preservation,” Twisted Preservation, June 2, 2020.

Accessibility, Inclusion, and Disability History

ADA National Network.

All of Us, Disability History Association blog, 2019-present.


“Making Public History Accessible: Exploring Best Practices for Disability Access – 2016 Working Group,” National Council on Public History.

Disability History Association, “Public Disability History” (resources), Accessed February 14 2019.

Alima Bucciantini, “Getting in the Door is the Battle,” AASLH Blog, American Association for State and Local History, January 22, 201.

“Contrast Checker,” WebAIM.

Cynthia G. Falk, “Accessibility,” The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook (National Council on Public History and American Association of State and Local History), April 1, 2019.

Aimee Hamraie, “Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19,” March 10, 2020.

Jessica Martucci and Nicole Belolan, “Science and Disability History,” History@Work, Parts 1-2, September 5 and 12, 2019, and

National Center on Disability and Journalism, “Disability Language Style Guide,” Revised 2018.

National Museum of American History (Smithsonian), EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America, Accessed November 2019.

Stacia P. Hanscom, Review: Access Salem: For Those with Disabilities, in The Public Historian 41, no. 3 (August 2019): 138-145, 

Sara Dean, Review: Touch This Page! Making Sense of the Ways We ReadThe Public Historian 41, no. 4 (November 2019): 115-121,

The Public Historian: Disability and the Practice of Public History, Vol. 27, no. 2 (Spring 2005),

LGBTQ History

Nicole Belolan, ed., with Sarah Case, LGBTQ Public History: Reports from the Field (National Council on Public History, October 2019),

George Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (New York: Basic Books, 1995).

Rachel Hope Cleves, Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early Philadelphia (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Meghan Crutcher, “Reflections on Stonewall: Fifty years after the “Stonewall Riots,” not much has changed about how we commemorate LGBTQ+ history,” History@Work, January 28, 2020,

Melinda Marie Jetté, ed., “Queering Public History: The State of the Field,” The Public Historian,

Katherine Crawdord-Lackey, “‘The Pride Guide’: Where the personal meets the professional in public history practice,” History@Work, July 11, 2019,

Susan Ferentinos, Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield/AASLH, 2014).

Richard Godbeer, The Overflowing of Friendship: Love Between Men and the Creation of the American Republic (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

Katherine Ott, “Illegal to be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall,” Smithsonian Affiliates, June 11, 2020,

Josephe Plaster, “Safe for Whom? And Whose Families? Narrative, Urban Neoliberalism, and Queer Oral History on San Francisco’s Polk Street ,” The Public Historian 42, 3 (August 2020): 86-113.

Meghan E. Springate, ed., “LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History,” (Washington, DC: The National Park Foundation, 2016),


Dismantle Preservation Conference, 2020, Recordings and Resources.

Denise Meringolo, ed., Radical Roots: Public History and a Tradition of Social Justice Activism (Amherst: Amherst College Press, 2021), Open Access.