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ERIC Number: EJ824459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Bringing Campus and Community Together: Doing Public History at Longwood College
Coles, David; Welch, Deborah
History Teacher, v35 n2 p229-236 Feb 2002
Public history encompasses many fields of study--historic preservation, archival management, museum work, editing, archaeology, genealogy, public administration of historic resources--and is one of the fastest growing areas of departmental curriculum development on college and university campuses. Programs in public history are designed to produce graduates who wish to work in history-related occupations outside of teaching. However, many students in history pursuing secondary school teaching certification elect to undertake courses in public history for the valuable hands-on learning experiences they provide, ideas and techniques for them to use in their future classrooms. This essay aims to describe the authors' approach to public history at Longwood College, one of the state colleges of Virginia, located in an area commonly called the Southside, referring to the region south of the James River. The location is a couple of hours away from Washington, one hour from both Richmond and Charlottesville, and is surrounded by historic sites from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. This essay also aims to offer some ideas and materials to assist teachers at other institutions who may wish to develop public history concentrations within the history major, or simply use some of the pedagogy of public history to enhance existing United States history courses. Most especially, the authors wish to emphasize the ways in which public history can be used to reach out to the community, to breach the traditional walls between "town and gown" and bring all those interested in history together.
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia