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.
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.
NC State Faculty, Students Unearth Ancient Mythological Statues
A team of NC State faculty and students helped unearth more clues this summer about the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, Jordan. As part of a larger excavation at the site, the group discovered two marble statues of the mythological goddess Aphrodite — artifacts that dig co-director Tom Parker describes as “absolutely exquisite.”
Reflections on American Society for Environmental History’s First Internship
Recently graduated Public History Masters student, Rachel Jacobson, shares her reflections on the internship she just completed with the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH). Due to the unique nature of the project, and the various locations of those involved, she was able to do her work in spurts throughout the year.
Putting History to Work – Bringing the Field School Model to Crooked Tree, Belize
Public History professor, Alicia McGill, has been very busy this summer. After receiving an NCSU Facutly Research and Professional Development grant to pilot the first NC State international public history student research practicum, McGill and Public History students, Hannah Scruggs and Lisa Withers, set off to Belize to collect ethnographic and archival data in the village of Crooked Tree - a community rich in history and vibrant cultural heritage.
Rethinking Museum Accessibility
Public History grad student Jeanette Shaffer's plan to develop an audio guide script for visually impaired visitors to the Museum of Durham History leads to the creation of a museum task force with the goal of improving accessibility for audiences with different disabilities. Jeanette presented on her research and engagement with the museum at the Georgia State's Graduate Student History Conference in March.
Website Creates Digital Archive for HB2 Experiences
Citizens can share and document their experiences with North Carolina’s House Bill 2 through a new digital archive created by a North Carolina State University historian. The website, NC HB2: A Citizens’ History, allows users to submit stories, videos, images and documents related to the bill and sort through materials submitted by others.
Taking the Museum to the People
Public history graduate students Sarah Soleim and Abigail Jones have seen the challenge of attracting visitors to Raleigh's Pope House Museum firsthand. They worked at the house in the summer of 2015 during internships with the City of Raleigh Museum, the home’s current owner. As a way to increase public engagement, they worked with museum staff to brainstorm ways to bring the Pope House to the people.
Graduate Students Win Museum Awards
Graduate students Abby Jones and Megan Cullen were honored last week for their volunteer work at the City of Raleigh Museum.
Public History Doctoral Students Named Lead Peer Mentors
Supported by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Graduate School, the Lead GPS Collaborative is a pilot peer-mentoring program for doctoral students in the college of humanities and social sciences focusing on the development of professional skills and competencies important for graduate student success.