Public History

Jul 30, 2020

Public History Students Spend Spring Break Working to Preserve a Culture That Could Soon Be Lost to Climate Change

They were brought to St Helena Island from West Africa as slaves to work the land and when they were finally freed, the Gullah Geechee bought the island. Now descendants of these former slaves, continue to live as their ancestors did – speaking the same Creole language and preserving their culture and traditions. But now their way of life is being threated by strengthening hurricanes, sea level rise and erosion caused by climate change. They risk losing their culture as the land disappears.

Jul 6, 2020

Public History MA Alum, Andre Taylor ’20, Hired at William and Mary

Public History Alum, Andre Taylor '20, Hired as Oral Historian at The College of William & Mary

Mar 16, 2020

Public History MA Alumna, Rachel Jacobson’16 Puts Her Skills to Use at The Phillips Collection Library

Public History MA Alumna, Rachel Jacobson, ’16, found the perfect use of her archival skills in her role as Project Manager for a new program at The Phillips Collection Library and Archives. 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of America’s first museum […]

Nov 13, 2019

Public History MA student, Andre Taylor launches podcast

Public History MA student, Andre Taylor, launches “Speaking Culturally” podcast.

Oct 21, 2019

ACIS West: The Importance of Community

Public History PhD student, Holly Smith recently presented a paper at the American Conference on Irish Studies (ACIS) West in Portland, Oregon.

Jul 29, 2019

Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse: Turning Oral Histories into Short Films

Beyond the transcript, oral history interviews have a second life as primary sources for short films.

Jun 5, 2019

Volunteer Efforts Recognized at HRM Awards Banquet

The History Department is proud to announce that Public History faculty member, Professor Craig Friend and Public History MA alum, Jason Norris ’17  both received awards at the recent annual volunteer banquet for the City of Raleigh’s Historic Resources and […]

Feb 1, 2019

Public History PhD candidate, Sylvia Bailey, awarded Humanities Without Walls Fellowship

We are proud to announce that Public History PhD student, Sylvia Bailey, was awarded the Humanities Without Walls Fellowship. Humanities Without Walls is a consortium of humanities center and institutes at 15 major research universities.

Nov 8, 2018

Revisiting the CCC

A new digital archive about the Civilian Conservation Corps aims to revive knowledge about the CCC’s role providing opportunities for recreation and leisure to Virginia’s common people.

Aug 23, 2018

Public History Alumna, Anna Killian, ’18, Works with Native Peoples and the NPS

At the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the 19th-century West, Anna Killian is part of ongoing efforts to include perspectives from indigenous people to form multi-vocal narratives.