Public History is an expansive professional field for historians who work in conversation with and for a public audience. Public historians work in a wide range of venues—at museums, archives, and historic sites; as historic preservationists; in the National Parks; as corporate historians—just to name a few.
If you are interested in learning more about the field of public history, I highly recommend taking a look at the website of the National Council on Public History, the main professional organization in this field. They maintain a list of current job openings from around the country and host a vibrant annual conference, which was held in Baltimore in 2016 and will be held in Indianapolis in 2017.
My public history work focuses on training the next generation of practitioners in IUPUI’s Public History Program.
Cherstin Lyon, Elizabeth Nix and I are co-authors of Introduction to Public History: Interpreting the Past, Engaging Audiences, a textbook for use in public history classrooms. You can read more about this book here.
I have just started a new project on historic site interpretation. You can read more about it here.
For the past few years, I have been working on the Discover Indiana phone app and website. It is available as a free download for iPhone or Android. Indy Historical offers curated tours of Indiana’s past through stories, photos, audio and video. This project brings together community partners and engages IUPUI’s graduate public history students.
If you happen to be in Columbia, South Carolina, you can see an exhibit I curated, Home to Many People, at the Hampton Preston Mansion. This exhibit told the story of urban slavery in Columbia and explored the lives of the enslaved men, women, and children who lived and worked at the Hampton Preston Estate for the first time.