Curious About a Career in Public History?
First of all, what is public history? Depending on who you ask, that can be a loaded question. There are many points of view, and it is important to understand people’s perspectives (link to National Council on Public History). Some argue that where “history” and “public history” differ is that public history takes history out of a strictly academic setting. Public historians often encourage the public to form their own opinions and ideas about history…
Training Public Historians: Academy and Reality
Professionalization builds structure that solidifies a discipline; professionalization erects walls that bar outsiders. Professionalization elevates understanding to a higher plane; professionalization draws practitioners into rarefied air that precludes rough and tumble engagement. Professionalization clarifies a discipline’s voice, allowing it to stand out among competitors; professionalization creates an arcane language that blocks shared conversation.
What Do You Need to Know About Jobs in Public History?
Choosing a career path is not to be taken lightly. There are many things to consider and be aware of—especially if you are not familiar with the ins and outs of a field like public history.
Education in the Public History Community
The common purposes of public history education are to prepare historians trained in the traditional historical skills of research, interpretation, and writing to apply those skills in a broad variety of public settings in order to bring an understanding of the past to bear on the issues, problems, and enjoyment of the present, and to preserve the sources that make that understanding possible… Sounds easy, right? Wrong!