HISTORY 294 - Explorations in History
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Public HistoryLab: Museums and Exhibits
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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This course will build on a theoretical understanding of public history, and provide students with hands-on experience and practical skills including: interpreting data, writing for broad audiences, and collaborating across fields. Working closely with the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), we will learn how to build a museum exhibit, from conception to presentation. We'll also learn about the different roles involved in museum, archival, and other public history-related jobs, and how these positions work together and with the public. Students will have the opportunity to learn directly from an archivist at the NASM, and will walk away from the course with a completed public history project to add to their portfolio.

What different types of jobs are involved in creating a public history exhibit? How do these people work together to bring a project to fruition? How are physical materials used to share history with the public? How do public projects engage with stakeholders and the community? We will discuss these questions and more.

Students will primarily work in groups to develop a basic understanding of the teamwork that is necessary in any public history setting.

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HISTORY 294 - Explorations in History
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001 (REC)
 In Person
Tu 1:00PM - 3:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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