Public History

Public History

No matter what your interests, from cotton candy to motorcycles, there is a museum somewhere that shares them.  No matter what your skills, from sewing to finance to IT, history museums everywhere need you on their team.  From anywhere you live, you can follow your passion into public history.

Public history is a leadership field that keeps you learning for your whole life, lets you play with the coolest stuff, and brings the public to you to share the fun.

In Penn State Abington’s History department, you can start with the introductory public history course to learn about the field.  Stay on for the advanced practice course, then do a three-credit internship that we’ll help you find. You’ll finish the Public History certificate with professionally meaningful experience, the beginnings of a professional network, and our full and continuing support in getting your first career job and moving ahead.

Case Study

See this small virtual exhibit, created by the Fall 2015 Advanced Public History class.  Every Advanced class does a different project in public history.  The Fall 2015 class used our own family histories to explore how, even when the "American Dream" of making a new life comes true, success still came with painful losses.