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HI 295 Introduction to Public History

Surveys major approaches to the production and presentation of history in the public (nonacademic) sphere. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following: genealogy, oral history, museum exhibitions, historic preservation, heritage tourism, archival management, the internet, documentary films, and the culture "wars." Field trips, class projects, and assignments provide practical skills and experiences, while guest speakers address career opportunities and professional concerns. (3)