Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Is Your History Career at a Crossroads?: Announcing the Department's New Public History Blog!

As the Public History program at UAHuntsville continues to grow, a new department public history blog will allow you to track the program and follow the progress of ongoing projects. The link to the blog is located on the History Department's main webpage under "Public History Program."

Public history is a wonderful way for students to learn skills, gain experience, and find a history-related job outside of the classroom or enhance your classroom skills. Public historians often find jobs as museum professionals, government and business historians, historical consultants, archivists, teachers, cultural resource managers, curators, film and media producers, policy advisers, oral historians, and in some cases, professors.

In the next couple of days Dr. John Kvach, who spearheads UAHuntsville's public history program, will begin posting updates on current projects that involve students and faculty from UAHuntsville. There will also be some upcoming posts that will announce new projects and opportunities.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr. Kvach at john.kvach@uah.edu or stop by his office at 407 Roberts Hall, regardless if you are a history major or not, and talk about your interest in public history or possible internships and volunteer opportunities.

Pictured here is the construction of a Huntsville street car line in 1888.

Monday, February 01, 2010

New Huntsville Times Article on "Real People, Real History" Project

Check out the February 1, 2010, article in the Huntsville Times about Dr. John Kvach and his community collaborators' work to track down Civil War-era photos and documents in Madison County!

This is part of the History-Channel-sponsored effort to create an online exhibit called "Real People, Real History" in order to preserve public and private memories of the Civil War as it affected people who lived here in 1861 through 1865. The project and Web site will serve as foundations for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2011.

See here a photograph featuring Union troops occupying Huntsville.

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