Public History – HIST 505

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is a graduate level introduction to the different types of public history. The course also focuses on the role and theories of public history and the challenges public historians face in today's world.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course will provide an tntroduction to public history, answering the question: what is public history? For the purpose of this course, we will define public history by the following guidelines:

  1. History that is conducted in public settings.
  2. History that engages with public audiences or communities.
  3. History that addresses contemporary public issues or problems.
  4. History that mediates between the specialized knowledge of professional historians and the interests, desires, needs, and expectations of different publics.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define public history and predict its importance within the historical community and to society at large.
  2. Discuss the basic concepts, history, and purpose of documentary editing and compile a small documentary edition.
  3. Elaborate upon the main points of archival collection, preservation, and cataloguing.
  4. Evaluate the practice and theories behind historic preservation and originate a nomination for a historic site.
  5. Plan and ethically conduct an oral history interview.
  6. Use audio/video or digital media to maximize delivery of a public history project
  7. Explain the role of museums and compile practices of acquisition, exhibit design, and label writing for a public history project.

Course Assignment

Weekly readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Mock Edition Discussion Board

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student must submit one initial discussion board post and 2 replies for this assignment.

The initial discussion board post must be a transcription of 4 pages of the John Quincy Adams diary.

The first reply post must be an edit of one transcription from a classmate’s post.

The second reply must be a response to edits on the student’s original transcription.

Additional details can be found in the assignment instructions. Each portion of the assignment must be submitted on time in order for the following portion of the assignment to be eligible for completion.

The discussion board assignment will require the student to submit each portion on time in order to participate in the following portion. If the student submits the first part of the assignment late, he or she may not submit the final 2 parts of the assignment and will only be eligible for partial credit.

Article Review

For this assignment, the student must submit a 2-page, single-spaced review in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins, analyzing and evaluating the arguments of all of the assigned articles in the readings for Module/Week 1. Additional details can be found in the assignment instructions.

Archival Website Review

For this assignment, the student must submit a 1-page, single-spaced review in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins, analyzing and evaluating one of the listed archival websites or an archival website that has been approved in advance by the instructor. Additional details can be found in the assignment instructions.

Oral History Interview

For this assignment, the student must submit a transcript of an oral history interview of a friend or family member along with a 1-paragraph reflection and analysis. The student must also submit the signed release form. Additional details can be found in the assignment instructions.

National Register of Historic Places Mock Nomination

For this assignment, the student must submit the nomination for historic preservation form with all of the highlighted sections completed. Additional details can be found in the assignment instructions.

Exhibit Review

For this assignment, the student must submit a 1-page, single-spaced exhibit review in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins, analyzing and evaluating a current museum exhibit. The student must also submit a picture of the dated museum ticket. Additional details can be found in the assignment instructions.

Historical Website or Application Review

For this assignment, the student must submit a 1-page, single-spaced review in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins, analyzing and evaluating a website or application. Additional details can be found in the assignment instructions.

Historical Tourism Project

Each student must choose a local historical site and develop a tour for visitors to that historical site. (Every student must choose a different site)

The tour must identify points of interest at the specific site (at least 5) while incorporating current historical scholarship to interpret the events that took place at the site.

Each student must submit:

  1. A written transcript of the tour with proper citations throughout in current Turabian format.
  2. A map of the historical site outlining the specific locations where each portion of the transcript must be delivered.
  3. At least one video recording of a “stop” on the tour performed by the student.
  4. A rationale explaining the significance of the site and its need for a tour, including the interpretive and logistical challenges of creating a tour for the specific site.
  5. A bibliography of 10 sources, including at least one primary source.