Stories From 2016

Nov 1, 2016  |  Red & White for Life

Alumna Helps Bring Old Dallas to Life at Living History Museum

When her mom told her to find a summer job after her freshman year of college, Melissa Prycer would apply for just one. But it would change her life. “When I got to college, you don’t think about careers in history, but in hindsight, it all makes sense,” says Prycer, who received her master’s in public history from NC State in 2003. The Texas native had always loved historical fiction and visiting museums on family trips. But the summer of 1998 cemented the career path that would lead to her current job as president and executive director of a one-of-a-kind living history museum in Dallas, Texas.

Oct 21, 2016  |  College of Humanities and Social Sciences News

NC Native Finds Passion For His Roots — and For Research

Hear from senior history major Andrew Collins on what inspired him to pursue undergraduate research and what he's learned during the process.

Oct 19, 2016  |  Red & White for Life Alumni Blog

Wolfpack Nation: Joy Raintree retains history at South Carolina’s Redcliffe Plantation

Students on field trips and other visitors pass over the grounds of Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site in Beech Island, S.C., everyday with questions about life in the Antebellum South or James Henry Hammond, the man who built the plantation in 1859. But Park Manager Joy Raintree may not always give them the answer they want. In fact, she may give them no answer at all.

Oct 18, 2016

Bringing the Field School Model to Crooked Tree, Belize Part II: The Student Perspective

Public History PhD student Lisa Withers and Public History Masters student Hannah Scruggs recently spent 6 weeks in Crooked Tree, Belize collecting ethnographic and archival data with their Public History professor, Dr. Alicia McGill. While “field school” is often required for anthropology majors, it is not a standard in public history. Dr. McGill wanted to test the applicability of the field experience for public history students. After a call for applications, she chose Lisa Withers and Hannah Scruggs to work with her. This past summer, they set off for Belize.

Oct 6, 2016  |  College of Humanities and Social Sciences News

Alum Heather Reed Brings West Texas History to Life

At the Buffalo Gap Historic Village in Texas, public history alum Heather Reed does just about everything — raising money, managing the small staff, overseeing exhibit design, cataloging artifacts, marketing, posting to social media, serving as the site’s spokesperson, writing and teaching school tours and more.

Oct 4, 2016  |  News & Observer

No One Owns Raleigh’s Historic Oberlin Cemetery

A nonprofit group that has spent years trying to clean up Oberlin Cemetery and draw attention to its historical significance now finds a legal question hovering like a specter over the place where the remains of hundreds of former residents of Oberlin Village have been buried since the 1800s. Who owns the place where these old bones lie?

Sep 26, 2016  |  College of Humanities and Social Sciences News

Join Us for A Homecoming Porch Party

Register now to attend our Homecoming Porch Party! This year, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is teaming up with the Poole College of Management, College of Sciences, College of Education, College of Design, College of Natural Resources and the Vice Provost and Director of NCSU Libraries to host the Porch Party on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

Sep 23, 2016  |  Washington Post

You Can’t Tell U.S. History Without Black History. Finally, a Museum Gets That.

When I walked into the new National Museum of African American History and Culture for a preview last week, my excitement was tempered. I’d heard about the feats of engineering: rooms built around a massive a guard tower from Louisiana’s Angola Prison, a Southern Railroad train car and a Tuskegee Airman-flown plane. I’d heard about the big donationsfrom Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan. I’d followed the decades-long campaign for real estate and funding that were required to make this new institution a reality. But that was the story of the museum itself. I was worried that the exhibits might fall short of illustrating — panel by panel, artifact by artifact — the story of black America, which is not merely about the biggest names and the best-remembered movements. I was worried about what might have been intentionally left out or inadvertently forgotten.

Sep 22, 2016  |  NC State News

Revealing the Past at Oberlin Cemetery

A partnership between historians, anthropologists, preservationists and geologists is unraveling the mystery and history of Oberlin Cemetery, and they’re using some surprising technologies to do it. Oberlin Cemetery is one of only four known African-American cemeteries in Raleigh. Founded in 1873 and used until 1971, the small three-acre plot is key to understanding the history of Oberlin Village, the largest freedman’s village in Wake County during Reconstruction.

Sep 20, 2016

Public Historians attend International Federation for Public History Conference in Bogota, Columbia

NCSU Public History Masters student Nicole Coscouella and faculty member Tammy Gordon recently attended the International Federation for Public History annual conference in Bogota, Colombia.