HISTORY 302 - Topics in History
Section: 001 History on Display: Doing History in Museums and Historic Sites
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May be elected three times for credit.
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In this course, students will consider the process of developing and presenting historical interpretation in museums and historic sites.

  • How do we relay stories from the past and analyze their significance in and through historic places, including cultural landscapes and museums?
  • How do these stories change when located in these places?
  • What historical methodologies lend themselves to presenting history to public audiences in these settings?

Readings and discussion will examine the history and function of museums and historic places in American society, particularly the ways in which they have shaped public memory and influenced long-standing beliefs about the American past. Students will write several short analytical papers and participate in structured discussions and debates. Students will also have the opportunity to work directly with a local history museum to gain practical experience and analyze how the principles discussed in the classroom translate into real-world application. Students will also complete a written assessment and an oral presentation on their practical experience.

HISTORY 302 - Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 9780231111485
The presence of the past : popular uses of history in American life, Author: Rosenzweig, Roy., Publisher: Columbia University Press 1998
ISBN: 9780822319788
The new history in an old museum : creating the past at Colonial Williamsburg, Author: Handler, Richard, 1950-, Publisher: Duke University Press 1997
ISBN: 9781558492806
Sense of history : the place of the past in American life, Author: Glassberg, David., Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press 2001
ISBN: 9781560988113
Domesticating history : the political origins of America's house museums, Author: West, Patricia, 1958-, Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press 1999
ISBN: 9780820331782
Here, george washington was born : memory, material culture, and the public history of a, Author: Bruggeman, Seth C, Publisher: Univ Of Georgia Press 2008
ISBN: 9780252060649
History museums in the United States : a critical assessment, Publisher: University of Illinois Press 1989
ISBN: 9781566394451
Mickey Mouse history : The politics of public memory, Author: Wallace, Mike., Publisher: Temple University Press 1996
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