Donna Donald, Assistant Professor, Liberty University
- Seeking Additional Presenters
- Seeking General Feedback and Interest
To share successes and failures in the process of launching our first public history offerings, a few introductory classes for undergraduates. Our emphasis has been hands-on experience and working with professionals and community members with a recently acquired historic structure as the centerpiece.
Description: Some of my best experiences at NCPH have been in sessions with educators. I envision a panel of educators who are developing or teaching courses in public history aimed at undergraduates.
Our university acquired a historic structure two years ago with a vision for restoration. I have created and taught several classes over the last four semesters using this structure and the local historical society as an avenue into providing hands-on, practical experience in public history. Classes have included research, interpretation, exhibits/collections, photography, digitizing documents, investigation of historic structures, collaboration with professionals and members of the community, and presenting student work online. I believe sharing the work of my students and our experiences might help others and offer an opportunity for feedback from panelists and attendees about how we might move forward.
If you have a direct offer of assistance, sensitive criticism, or wish to pass along someone’s contact information confidentially, please get in contact directly: Donna Donald, [email protected]
If you have general ideas or feedback to share, please feel free to use the comments feature below.
All feedback and offers of assistance should be submitted by July 2, 2017.