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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MTSU Scholars Week Keynote Speaker Nicholas Carr

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17 Jan



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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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