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Public Historians and Research on Contaminated Sites

  • April 22, 2021
  • 1:00 PM (EDT)

In this roundtable, historians from several history consulting firms will discuss best practices for archival research, writing, consultation to attorneys, and expert witness testimony related to contaminated sites. The participants have provided historical expertise on a variety of matters regarding contaminated sites, including due diligence for property acquisition, risk assessments, mediation, litigation, and cost allocations. Topics will include differences between academic research and research in support of litigation, key repositories and sources of information, working with attorneys, working with consultants from other disciplines (such as environmental engineers and economists), and serving as expert witnesses. We anticipate this session will be of interest to graduate students exploring careers in history, historical consultants, academics who serve as expert witnesses, and environmental attorneys.

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Moderator: Emily Greenwald, Historical Research Associates, Inc.
• Jay Brigham, Morgan Angel & Associates, LLC
• Scott Miltenberger, JRP Historical Consulting, LLC
• Katherine Beckley, Historical Research Associates, Inc.

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