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.)

Did you know … that Cooper Street is a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places?

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.