This school year is coming to an end, but the history department isn’t slowing down!

1 May

This school year is coming to an end and its been a great year for this history department.

Here are some recent highlights!


Many of our graduate students had the opportunity to attend the National Council on Public History’s annual meeting and some of our students and professors even presented!!

Here are some photos from the 4 day conference held in Nashville:







Presenters include:

Poster Sessions:

“A United Neighborhood:” Exploring an African American Community and Century Home – Lindsay Hagar

Altering the Narrative: Giving Voice to Childhood on Jekyll Island – Caleb Knies and Olivia Tilner

Building a Cornerstone: Interpreting Place in the Development of Community – Kayla Elizabeth Pressley and Erica Bettross

Contesting Narratives: The African American Heritage Society of Maury County Tennessee – Jaryn Abdallah

Story, Space, and Place: Developing Interpretation of the Franklin Battlefield through Spatial Technology – Rachel Finch and Thomas Flagel


Making Space for Activists: Public History in the Age of Ferguson – Aleia Brown, Joshua Crutchfield, Ashley Bouknight

Public History in the Age of Anthropogenic Climate Change: Edging Towards a New Reality – Dr. Rebecca Conard

Triangulation: Joining Scholarship, Primary Sources, and Spatial Visualization to Map the African American Landscape of the Civil War – Dr. Susan Knowles, Zada Law, Ken Middleton, and Lydia Simpson

Grassroots Public History Activism: Adding the Names of Black Union Soldiers to the War Monument in an Old Southern Town – Dr. Martha Norkunas

Unbounded Partnerships: Community Based Preservation – Aleia Brown Brad Miller and Ginna Foster

Working Groups

Free, Separate, Uncertain: Can Public History Play? – Josh Howard

Public History as Digital History as Public History – Dr. Susan Knowles

After the Administrative History: What Next? – Angela Sirna

Teaching Public History through International Collaborations – Elizabeth Catte


Graduate student Erica Bettross won an Award of Commendation for Best Educational Programming at the 2015 Tennessee Association of Museums Conference

museum project web

CMS Exhibit: A Legacy of Learning

Dr. Martin’s Essentials of Museum Management class has partnered with Central Magnet School, located in Murfreesboro, to create an exhibit including all the school sites located on the campus. These educational sites include: Union University, The Tennessee College for Women, Linebaugh Library, Central High School, Central Middle School and currently Central Magnet School. Grad students have worked tirelessly all semester in preparation for the May 1st Exhibit Opening located at the Central Magnet School Campus (701 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN) from 5-8pm.

Here are some photos from the work they have been doing this semester:







Make sure to come out and support those who have worked on the exhibit at the opening on May 1!


Dr. Martin’s Class at the Exhibit Opening



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