Public History: Classroom projects. Internships. Community-based experiences.
My students and I partner with many regional organizations in ongoing public history projects, including with the Oregon Historical Society, Museum of the Oregon Territory, Fort Vancouver, the Confluence Project, the Washington County History Museum, and the Chinook Indian Nation. We conduct research, write exhibit text, create websites, and provide recommendations for positive institutional change.
Repatriation for Small Museums website. Students in the seminar "Indigenous Histories in Public Places" developed a website for small museums interested in repatriation processes and consulted with the Museum of the Oregon Territory on historical objects to be repatriated to the Confederate Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Students presented this project at the Oregon Museum Association meeting in Astoria, Oregon, Sept. 2017.
Chinook Story. A multi-year collaboration guided with Dr. Donna Sinclair and in partnership with the Chinook Indian Nation that included public programs, a website, and oral history project conducted within several PSU courses over a decade.
Invisible Walls. Over two years and in two different public history courses, students at PSU collected restrictive covenants from properties in Multnomah County and investigated why Clackamas County was approximately 92% white as recently as 2012. Our partners included the City of Portland, the Community Alliance of Tenants, and Vanport Mosaic.