Public History Projects

Public History Projects

Through public history projects, LMU History students and faculty can bring their research to a broader community and engage in important areas of public debate, commemoration, and interpretation. Here are some recent public history projects created in LMU History courses.

History seminar students travel to UK and build "Thomas Horsfall in Context" website
In Spring 2016, the students in Dr. Amy Woodson-Boulton's undergraduate History seminar "The Artist and the Machine" conducted research into the work of Thomas Horsfall and his context. Each student chose a topic related to his work, and then formed groups around relevant themes - art, nature, labor, children, and the city. The project developed in concert with the Horsfall Space and the University of Manchester, and the seminar class visited Manchester in February 2016, when they shared their initial ideas and website plan with the Horsfall Space web team. The work on this site therefore reflects the students' work and ideas about Horsfall and his historical period. It is intended to examine specific objects, texts, and images from the Ancoats Art Museum and the broader culture, in order to understand the ideas behind Horsfall's work. We hope that visitors enjoy how each student explored the period in a unique way, and how the exhibits combine to provide a kaleidoscopic view of late Victorian Manchester. Please direct any questions to Prof. Woodson-Boulton.

"Voices of the Civil War Speak at LMU"
This exhibition was curated by Professor Carla Bittel and the students of HIST 550: The Civil War using artifacts from the collections of LMU's William Hannon Library.

"Living in a Socialist City: Urban Strategies in East Germany"
Wende Museum Website, August 2013

In 2013, this online exhibition went live on the website of the Wende Museum, a museum and archive dedicated to visual and material culture from the former East Germany and other states of the Soviet Bloc. The exhibition was jointly curated by five LMU History majors -- Elizabeth Hedge (2012), Julianna Herrera (2011), Jaskeerat Malik (2013), Ashley Noehrbass (2013), and Nolan Rivkin (2013) -- and five students from the University of Leipzig. These students participated in a month-long workshop -- led by LMU History professor Elizabeth Drummond, Leo Schmieding from the University of Leipzig, and Cristina Cuevas-Wolf from the Wende Museum -- about museum studies, public history, and the history of the German Democratic Republic, which took place at the Wende Museum in 2010 and enabled them to conduct research on artifacts in the museum's collections. View the online exhibition, in English or in German.

Student reflections on the project

"On the Benefits of Attending College Next to An Archive" by Nolan Rivkin '13 (currently a Ph.D. student in modern German history at the University of Tennessee)

"Research, Reflection, and the Road to Grad School" by Rhiannon Koehler '12 (currently a Ph.D. student in American history at UCLA) 

"The Wende Museum Workshop: A Reflection on Collaborative Research" by Elizabeth Hedge '12