Call for Nominations for Dissertation Directors’ Award!

27 Mar

The 2016-2017 MTSU Public History Dissertation Directors’ Award is upon us. The Department of History is calling for nominees for those dissertation directors who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to students’ successful completion of the PhD in Public History. All nominations are needed by April 21, 2017. See the link below for more details.2016-2017 Public History Dissertation Directors Award-page-001

MTSU Scholars Week Keynote Speaker Nicholas Carr

21 Mar

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From the President to the People

17 Jan



Support the MTSU Holiday Food & Toy Drive!

14 Nov


The Road to the Traveling Exhibit

3 Nov

Guest blogger Julie Maresco is a Public History graduate student and a graduate assistant for the Albert Gore Research Center. She discusses the process of creating the traveling exhibit  celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in the post below. Be sure to check out her blog post that talks more about the exhibit here.  

During the fall 2015 semester, Dr. Brenden Martin’s Public History Seminar class worked on several field projects that partnered with other institutions. One of these projects involved working with the Albert Gore Research Center (AGRC) to help plan a travelling exhibit commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. For the class project, graduate students Julie Maresco and Katherine Hatfield researched and planned the exhibit with AGRC director Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, university archivist Donna Baker, and PhD graduate Dallas Hanbury.

By the end of the semester, Julie and Kate presented a prezi presentation to Dr. Martin’s class that showed the exhibit’s design concepts, themes, and research. Dr. Martin and the class provided feedback and suggestions for further ideas and direction. The planning worked out well, but it was difficult for all those involved to agree on everything to include in the exhibit and what themes of historic preservation to focus on. It was eventually decided to talk about the impact of the NHPA on the national, state, regional, and local level.


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New exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 begins to travel

24 Oct

Albert Gore Research Center

Written by graduate assistant Julie Maresco

For the past year, the Albert Gore Research Center has been working with MTSU’s public history program graduate students and faculty to curate a travelling exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966. The exhibit The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966: Commemorating 50 years of Preserving Tennessee’s Cultural Heritage consists of six panels that focus on the national, state, regional, and local impact of the NHPA and preservation efforts since the passing of the act.

Over the summer, AGRC graduate assistant Julie Maresco conducted research for the exhibit, collected images and graphics, and wrote the exhibit text. The exhibit team also included:

  • Dallas Hanbury, recent doctoral graduate of the public history program
  • Katherine Hatfield, graduate student
  • Dr. Bren Martin, Director of MTSU’s public history program
  • Dr. Antoinette van Zelm, Assistant Director, Center for Historic Preservation
  • Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, Director…

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AGRC at the Oral History Association Conference

21 Oct

This is an interesting post from Julie Maresco of her time at the OHA Conference and online podcast. Be sure to read about it more at the Albert Gore Research Center’s blog site.

Albert Gore Research Center

img_4510-1Julie Maresco Presenting her Poster at OHA 2016 Conference

Graduate assistant Julie Maresco traveled to Long Beach, CA from October 11-October 16, 2016 to present a poster at the Oral History Association (OHA) 2016 conference. Here she describes her work and experience:

“I was very fortunate to attend OHA’s 2016 conference in Long Beach, CA. I was really excited to present the work that I and other graduate students have done on our veterans oral history podcast Veterans Voices: Stories of ServiceThis was my first time presenting at a conference and my first time to OHA’s annual meeting.

Presenting this poster was important because this podcast means a lot to me. I believe these veterans have many interesting stories to tell. These veterans share stories not just about their military experience, but also stories about race, gender, class, PTSD, life before and after service, among many other topics. Creating…

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You are invited- October 22 and 29

21 Oct

Two free programs will be held for the Northeast Nashville Community History Project. This event is sponsored by the Center for Historic Preservation and the Nashville Public Library Special Collections. October 22 will feature presentations from our very own Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes and Dr. Louis Woods at the First Baptist East Church. The program for Oct. 29 will be held at the Nashville Public Library. Check out the flyer below for more details. Hope to see you there!


When Easter Holiday Rolls Around…

26 Apr

Ethan Morris, a graduate student in the public history program, is the first MTSU student to participate in the study abroad program at Northumbria University in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England! This week Ethan discusses a few vacation spots he recommends while visiting northern England!

When Easter Holiday Rolls Around…

I’m going to take a short break from commenting on coursework and internships, to discuss three trips that I recommend to anyone visiting northern England. At Northumbria University, Easter holiday is three weeks long. I can only assume that after two weeks of reading and writing papers, you may want to get out and about. If you can manage two train rides, a bus ride, a ferry ride, and then all of that again on the way home, then visit Cumbria’s Lake District. The Lake District is one of the National Trust’s most visited parks and constitutes some 885 square miles, includes numerous public paths through private land, and is so expansive that despite the crowds you sometimes believe you’ve got the whole place to yourself. While at the park, hike England’s highest mountain and drop by the homes of the poet William Wordsworth and the children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (the creator of Peter Rabbit and an advocate for the National Trust).

After visiting the Lake District, take a trip to Cragside. Lord William George Armstrong, a nineteenth century inventor and arms manufacturer, built the home in 1863. It was the first home in the world to be powered by hydroelectric energy. The home’s stunning architecture and curious interior design reflect Armstrong’s inventive personality—the landscape does as well. Today, the property is covered in thick woodlands and full of caves, stone bridges, streams, tarns, and picturesque lakes. Most visitors would never guess that Armstrong designed each aspect of the environment. Believe it or not, the property was a treeless moor when Armstrong first encountered it many years ago. Only after 150 years is his dream fully realized. It’s simply breathtaking, and what’s more, it’s managed by the National Trust.

The last spot, interestingly enough, is not even in England. If you’re particularly fond of large cities, northern England may let you down, but the bustling city of Edinburgh, Scotland is a mere hour and half away by train. The railroad hugs the Northumberland coastline and offers some of the best views of the North Sea that you’ll find anywhere. Plan to spend a few days in Edinburgh; you’ll need it, and you won’t regret it. The city thrives on literary tourism. Indeed, the United Nations declared it the world’s first “City of Literature” in 2004. Visitors can drop by the birthplace of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (marked now by a statue of Sherlock Holmes), hike the 287 steps to the top of the Sir Walter Scott monument, traipse around Robert Louis Stevenson’s neighborhood, and sip espresso in the Elephant House café where J.K. Rowling penned the first lines of Harry Potter. After a day visiting the haunts of your favorite authors, check out Edinburgh’s many free museums. The conjoined National Gallery and the Royal Academy for the arts is a must as well as the Scottish National Museum (their new exhibit on Scottish history does an excellent job exploring Scottish cultural and political identity). For a museum student, Edinburgh is hard to beat.

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-Ethan Morris, Public History Graduate Student

My Internship at the National Trust

10 Apr

Ethan Morris, a graduate student in the public history program, is the first MTSU student to participate in the study abroad program at Northumbria University in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England! This week Ethan discusses his work placement at the National Trust.


My Internship at the National Trust

               I suppose I’ve done two work placements this semester. The first at Bede’s World, which received coverage in past posts, and the second at the northeastern offices of the National Trust. The National Trust, founded in 1895, is the British equivalent of the United States’ National Park Service. Like the National Park Service, the Trust preserves historic homes, monuments, gardens, and landscapes. My two work placements have been part of one of my classes, Work Place Project. Similar to the summer internships we complete between our first and second years, Northumbria’s arts, media, and cultural management students complete a work placement in the semester before summer graduation.

            Dr. Susan Ashley and Ms. Jennifer Hinves team-teach Work Place Project. Teaching, however, is minimal. The class only meets three times. During the first two meetings, scheduled for the first two weeks of the semester, Dr. Ashley and Ms. Hinves led discussions over literature on cultural management. We also participated in a question-and-answer session with Nicholas Baumfeild, a senior administrator with the northern offices of Arts Council England. Arts Council England (the English equivalent of America’s National Endowment for the Arts) awards a significant portion of the Heritage Lottery Fund, which, as mentioned in a previous post, is the sum of all lottery ticket purchases in Britain. Furthermore, Dr. Ashley invited two other interested students and myself to an organizational meeting for the National Trust’s £7 million (nearly $10 million) project at Seaton Delaval Hall. The project intends to repair the hall, reimagine the site’s public programming, and engage new audiences. The project is a trial run for a number of ideas the Trust could implement nationally. At the time, I was simply interested in finding out as much about British organizations as possible. Little did I know that in two week’s time, Bede’s World would close, I would scramble, and Dr. Ashley would help me get a placement with the Trust. Before I detail my responsibilities with the Trust, let me say a bit more about the course. Students spend much of the semester, up to eight weeks, completing a work placement. While we work, we are (1) required to study our organization’s management structure and (2) plan a project that will involve our working with management to contribute to our organization’s mission. At the end of the eight week work placement, we will submit a 5,000-word report on all that we observed and contributed. During the final class meeting, each student will deliver a short presentation on their work placement.

            I am excited about working with the Trust. I split my time between working at Seaton Delaval Hall, which sets along the coast near the town of Seaton Sluice, and working from home. At Seaton Delaval Hall, I serve as the volunteer coordinator, a task I share with a classmate who is also doing her work placement with the Trust. We are inputing volunteer data into the Trust’s management software (designed by Blackbaud), helping volunteers begin to use the software, planning ways to recruit new volunteers from varying age and interest brackets, and training volunteers on audience engagement strategies. When I’m not working as a volunteer coordinator, I am helping the Trust’s grant writer and project leaders organize the Trust’s work placement program. Hopefully, the work placement options I am helping to create will be ready for interested students by the time you consider hopping the pond. You’ll have to let me know how it turns out.


DSCN8809Ethan Working at Seaton Delaval Hall


DSCN8818%20%281%29Seaton Delaval Hall

IMG_2471The view from Ethan’s desk

-Ethan Morris, Public History Graduate Student