Public historians present, interpret, and help to preserve history in a variety of venues and diverse formats. Specifically, public historians strive to apply their historical skills, knowledge, and insights in public settings and for public audiences not often associated with history in an academic setting, such as archives, museums, historic sites, public and private agencies and corporations, and non-profit organizations, to name only a few.
Public History Opportunities
At Stephen F. Austin State University students have the opportunity to develop these public history skills in a number of ways. Located southeast of Dallas and northeast of Houston in deep East Texas, Nacogdoches is ripe with many internship opportunities. As the only university in the area with a public history program, students commonly find positions or opportunities to work with museums, archives, and historic sites, as well as to find work on preservation grants and with historical societies, among other things. Our professors are intimately associated with the public history program and students are able to benefit from diverse classes and faculty expertise, ranging from memory, to the material world, to preservation, to commemoration, to cultural resources management, to public policy, to museums, to archives, to collections management, to oral history, to local history, and more. Put differently, our faculty members here at SFA are as diverse as the students they work with and are well qualified and eager to serve.
Public History Training
Stephen F. Austin State University's Public History Program strives to train students as historians - historians who deal with a passionate, engaged, and extremely diverse public audience. We offer broad training for practicing, presenting, and preserving history outside the traditional university or classroom setting. Students are trained in historical methods, with an emphasis on delivering historical scholarship in a variety of forms. Besides the many unique courses offered in the public history program, students are also trained in courses designed to enhance their history skills and knowledge, such as historiography and seminars. Students trained in public history often find jobs in such varying fields as archives and libraries, government agencies, National Parks, historic houses, living history sites, corporate consulting and history, historic preservation, urban planning, cultural resources management, museums, historical societies, documentary editing and film, and journalism. We are listed in the NCPH's Guide to Public History Programs. Here is the one-page pdf description of our program. In our academic program we strive to exceed the best practices as outlined by the National Council on Public History in its 2015 guide to public history education, the Public History Navigator.
The Alamo is looking for tour guides (Deadline is until filled)
NCPH Mini-Conference in San Marcos Oct. 10, 2015
- Enroute home to Nacogdoches from San Marcos at Buc-ee's in Madisonville 10-10-15 Go Jacks! Melissa McKinney, Kurt Terry, Paul Sandul, Katie Hutto, and Annabella Gutierrez
Cedar Hill Cemetery, Rusk, TX THC Marker Dedication Sept. 19, 2015
- Singing during the dedication ceremony 9-17-15
- Perky Beisel & Deborah Burkett - CHHC Chair - with the newly unveiled THC marker 9-17-15
Texas Oral History Association Annual Conference April 2015Dr. Scott Sosebee and Dr. Perky Beisel took students in their undergraduate Texas History and Introduction to Public History courses to attend the TOHA Conference at Texas A&M - Commerce in April 2015. Special thanks to the East Texas Historical Association for the van and dinner!
- At the luncheon - a really great day.