Public History

Public History

Department of History

Graduate Program

Public History

Public History is most identifiable as the presentation of history and culture outside of the traditional classroom setting. These pursuits include, but are by no means limited to, museums, historic preservation, historic site management, archival management, cultural resource management, and policy applications. Working from this tradition, the Public History program, established in 1980, stresses an interdisciplinary approach to the field. It does so in the hope of preparing professionals to engage the widest public audience in the continually emerging questions of history and culture.

The Public History program seeks to train socially responsible professionals who can facilitate historical awareness in diverse venues on the local and regional level. With the aim of making history a useful educational and planning tool in communities, the Public History program employs a unique and rich blend of resources and methodologies and emphasizes public history practice in ecological terms through the examination of regional environments, places, and economic systems.


Public History Faculty

Benac, David. Public and Environmental History, Historic Preservation

Public History Contributing Faculty

Borish, Linda J. American Studies; Women, Sport and Health History; Rural History; Material Culture

Brandão, José António. American Indian; Canada; Comparative Colonial; Ethnohistory

Carlson, Sharon. Director, Archives and Regional History Collections; Archival Administration; Women and Organizations; 19th-century U.S.

Coryell, Janet. 19th-century U.S.; Documentary Editing

Kachun, Mitch. African American History; memory and commemoration

Questions? Contact:

Dr. James Palmitessa, Director of Graduate Studies
4355 Friedmann Hall
(269) 387-4640



Department of History
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Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
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