Abstract

This essay explores the relationship between public history and sport history within the United States and outlines a historiography of public sport history. Public history is the presence, usage, and effects of the past in our everyday lived realities, while public sport history is the intersection of these ideas with sport. In the United States, most public sport history is visible through sport museums, halls of fame, and nostalgic celebrations. To this point, sport museums and halls of fame have received significant attention fom academics, but surprisingly little literature exists on other forms of public sport history. This essay concludes with suggestions for promising avenues of future research to this field.

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