The Power of the Past: Introduction to Public History - Fall 2021

Class: Wednesdays at 3:15-4:30 in Charles Francis 18

Weekly Deadlines: Mondays: Flipgrid Reflections Wednesdays: Flipgrid Responses, Active Participation Surveys Fridays: Discussion Board Reflections


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Hi, I’m Lindsey Passenger Wieck, and I’ll be your professor this semester. Welcome to the class! My pronouns are she/her/hers.

You can reach me in the following ways:

Email: [email protected]

Office phone: 210-431-8063

For quick questions, texting me is easiest. I'll share the info to text me through GroupMe the first week of class.

For more detailed questions, email, set up a meeting time, or drop in during student hours.

If I don't respond within 24 hours during the week or 48 hours over the weekend, please feel free to follow up.

I will have student hours available on Zoom from 3:15-3:45 on Mondays (during our class time) on Zoom. I will also have office hours on campus (location TBA) from 5-6PM on Wednesdays. I am delighted to meet you at other times - just click here to make an appointment or email me if these times won't work for you.

Student hours are time set aside just for you. Drop by to chat!

📌 Zoom links for class and for student hours are available on Canvas.

What are we here to do?

We'll learn about a variety of fields and contexts in which public historians work, while talking about methods, debates, and theories in the field of public history. We will learn strategies for presenting historical narrative and interpretation in public settings. We will experience real world public history settings through participating in networking with community partners, interacting with guest speakers, and hands-on activities.

What is Public History?

Public history engages the general public with history in real world settings. It refers to how history is presented and interpreted outside the classroom or academic environment. It involves historical content, interpretation, and use of secondary and primary sources, but also includes tools and strategies for public presentation that enhance popular awareness of the historical past and the world around them. Public history institutions depend upon collaborative relationships between historians and community leaders, activists, and anyone interested in stimulating historical awareness within society. By making explicit links between the past and the present, public history activities promote tourism, economic development, and a general sense of community wellbeing inspired by a shared the past.

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Here are some skills you'll practice in this course: