Public history equips our students for work and for life. In short, History matters.
Dr. Stephanie Bangarth
Digital History will continue to be very important to us at Western.
History is not just about going to museums or watching documentaries. It’s about how people engage with the past and build meaning in terms of our lives as individuals and communities.
Dr. Thomas Peace
History is constantly being created – all around us, all the time – by people and communities. I want students to engage with public history and recognize why history matters.
Dr. Amy Bell
Public history is a powerful tool for understanding the forces that shape our world, and for making informed decisions as engaged, responsible citizens
Dr. Robert Ventresca.
Public history is putting history to work in the world. It's about raising historical consciousness among people by telling stories that engage and inform.
Studying public history in my undergraduate years provided me with the necessary foundation to turn my passion for history into a marketable skill set.
Thomas Van Dewark
Community Based Learning enables you to engage with local history and present it back to the community in meaningful ways. You also gain hands-on experience in potential work environments.
Now pursuing a museum career, exposure to public history opened my eyes to how I could apply my love of history outside of traditional academia.