In September 2014, eighty scholars and public history practitioners met in Salt Lake City to celebrate the fiftieth birthday of the University of Utah's American West Center. The symposium, from which the title of this book is drawn, explored “the power and promise of publicly engaged scholarship in the American West” (1). This book builds on the discussion started there, about the ways that public history has been done in the West and presents possibilities for the future. Western Lands, Western Voices contains essays from tribal government officials, state and federal historians, historical consultants, independent scholars, and university faculty, which mirrors its intended audience.

The volume is not intended as a handbook for those who wish to undertake a public history project in the West. It has no pretensions about being somehow complete or proscriptive. It is a collection of what publicly engaged scholars of the West have made possible...

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