Description of the Course: Applied history introduces students to the study of history as it is used (and abused) in the American public. Topics range from how people commemorate historical events to the creation of scholarly exhibits in museums to the study of objects, gravesites and landscapes as evidence of past events. Applied history studies what happens to documents before historians see them, through documentary editing or archival arrangement and conservation. It also includes the use of historical study to affect public policy, or the application of historical skills in unusual places like businesses or Hollywood.
Like all history
courses, this course is grounded in reading. However, it also includes visits
to historic sites, guest lecturers sharing their experience in public history
work, and hands-on experience with history lab projects. Students can also choose
to apply their in-class learning to service learning projects in the Manchester
historical community. Students should take this course if they like doing hands
on research and projects (mapping a cemetery, studying an object, designing
a museum exhibit), if they are interested in learning about non-teaching jobs
for history majors, if they are intrigued by the contested ways Americans remember
and present complex historical events, or if they like learning about history
from historic sites and museums.
Class Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 5:30 PM-8:00 PM
is taught by: Professor Beth Salerno
Anselm College, a Benedictine, Catholic, Liberal Arts College
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, New Hampshire 03102
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