"A valuable contribution that illuminates the key role of the National Park Service in shaping the field--offered at a crucial time when public history programs are expanding, public sector support is waning, and the field is going through a period of redefinition. We need this book now.—Anne Mitchell Whisnant, author of Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History
""Informed and informative, Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History is a work of seminal scholarship and a welcome addition to academic library American History reference collections and supplemental reading lists.""—The Midwest Book Review
""In this richly researched book, the historian Denise D. Meringolo situates the birth of a new field--public history--decades before the postwar emergence of a recognized subfield. . . . Often marginalized or forgotten in recent histories of public history, the characters in Meringolo's story were central in shaping American relationships to the past.""—The Journal of American History
""Meringolo has added an important layer of context to previous studies of development of the National Park Service. For that we are in her debt.""—The George Wright Forum
""Meringolo . . . succeeds in expanding the existing communities' understanding of the discipline.""—Nebraska History
""Meringolo is at her best in delineating the rise of public history with in the National Park Service during the 1930s. . . . Museums, Monuments, and National Parks is an important addition to the literature on the history of the National Park Service as a public history institution and of public history as a government job.""—The Journal of Southern History
""Meringolo makes a solid case for re-envisioning the profession's roots. . . [the book] provides a far richer understanding of our professional heritage than has previously been available.""—Indiana Magazine of History
""Meringolo's Museums, Monuments, and National Parks is compelling.""—H-Soz-u-Kult"