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 will present this project at the Oregon Museum Association meeting in Astoria, Oregon, Sept. 2017.
Chinook Oral History Guide. A small group of students in the Introduction to Public History course developed a thematic and biographical guide to oral histories conducted with Chinook Indian Nation elders and leaders. This work was part of a larger, multi-year project of public programs, a website, and oral history project conducted within several courses.
Internships. PSU public history students participate in a variety of internships such as the Racial Covenant Project in partnership with the City of Portland, which documents the use of real estate racial covenants to segregate African Americans and other racial minorities in Portland's neighborhoods.