It’s Never Too Soon to Start

Trying to define public history can often be a challenging task. In its simplest form, it is the application of history outside of academia…but what does that mean? I usually touch on the obvious professional examples, such as historic preservationists and history museum staff, and yet many people still seem perplexed by what it is…

“The Public History Job Search: A One-Day Workshop for Graduate Students” a Success

On October 24, 2014, the public history programs of U of L, Northern Kentucky University, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis hosted “The Public History Job Search: A One-Day Workshop for Graduate Students.”  About fifty students and faculty members from U of L, NKU, IUPUI, and other universities attended the event, which proved a great success.…

Oral Historians and Participatory Exhibit Making

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, there was an opening reception for the Louisville Free Public Library’s new exhibit; Black Freedom, White Allies, and Red Scare. This exhibit tells the story of a key moment in the civil rights struggles that plagued Louisville in the mid-20th century. This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Wade…

Parkland Oral History Project, Take One.

Originally posted on Matt Holdzkom:
For my Introduction to Oral History course this semester, we are working on the first phase of a project intended to shed some light on the experiences and memories of West End residents–particularly in regards to the events of May 1968 in the Parkland neighborhood.  Civil unrest was building, and…

The Public History Job Search: A One-Day Workshop for Graduate Students

We’re excited to be hosting a one-day workshop called “The Public History Job Search” on Friday, Oct. 24.  Sponsored by the public history programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Northern Kentucky University, and the University of Louisville, the workshop is intended to prepare graduate students for the process of applying and interviewing for entry-level and…

End-of-Summer News: Public History Grads Attain Success

With the summer fast coming to a close, we have good news to share about several public history students and alumni. In April, Whitney K. Todd defended her thesis, “The Grey Eagle of Glen Lily: Simon Bolivar Buckner’s Place in the Lost Cause, Reunion, and Politics of the Late Nineteenth Century.”  She graduated with an…