New graduate seminar: This seminar will focus on knowledge and skills necessary for interpreting history to the public, especially research and methods of communication using a variety of means and media. Readings will focus on Mid-Atlantic history, to prepare students for public history work or advanced research in the Mid-Atlantic region. The seminar also will function in the manner of a public history consulting group to produce new research and interpretation of the Cooper Street Historic District that borders our campus. (For an example, click here.)
Course materials updated 12/12/12:
- Freeman Tilden, Interpreting Our Heritage, fourth edition with introduction by R. Bruce Craig.
- Jessica Foy Donnelly, Interpreting Historic House Museums.
- Robert P. Marzec, ed., The Mid-Atlantic Region: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures.
- Gabrielle Lanier and Bernard Herman, Everyday Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic: Looking at Buildings and Landscapes.
- Ned C. Landsman, Crossroads of Empire: The Middle Colonies in British North America.
- Kenneth Ames, Death in the Dining Room and Other Tales of Victorian Culture.
- Brian Black and Michael Chiarappa, Nature’s Entrepot: Philadelphia’s Urban Sphere and Its Environmental Thresholds.
- Jeffrey Dorwart, Camden County, New Jersey.
- Howard Gillette, Camden After the Fall.
- Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr, American History Now.
- AASLH Technical Leaflets (provided): A Different Path for Historic Walking Tours; Telling the Story: Better Interpretation at Small Historical Organizations; Telling a Story in 100 Words: Effective Label Copy; Interpreting Difficult Knowledge.