The Center for Public History is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the opportunity to engage in the work of interpreting history for a public audience. Hampden-Sydney is ideally suited for this work given its historic campus and the surrounding region, the emphasis on effective oral and written communication, and the College’s mission to create good men and good citizens, which requires the ability to knowledgeably, civilly, and accurately examine and discuss the past. 

The Center offers courses, programs, extracurricular events, and internship opportunities focusing on five broad areas of public history work: archeology, archives, historic preservation, museum studies, and oral history. Students need not be history majors to benefit from participation in Center classes and activities. The Center includes faculty from a variety of departments on campus including Fine Arts, Rhetoric, History, as well as the Bortz Library and Atkinson Museum.  

For more information about courses, internship opportunities, or programs, please contact
Dr. Caroline Emmons, Center Director

Public History Faculty

Dr. Caroline Emmons, Director

Sarah Almond, Archivist and Digital Projects Librarian

Dr. John Coombs, Professor of History

Dr. James Frusetta, Elliott Associate Professor of History

Dr. Sean Gleason, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

Shauna Hunter-McKinney, Director of Bortz Library

Mary Prevo, Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts

Angela Way, Director-Curator of the Atkinson Museum

Courses & Opportunities

Fall 2021
HIST180 (Emmons): The Moton Story: Prince Edward and the Civil Rights Movement;
HIST285.02* (Way): Museum Collections and the Savvy Collector: T 3:50-5:10PM (One Credit Hour); Instructor: Way;
RHET 360.01: Qualitative Inquiry and Deep Mapping (Gleason)

Summer 2021
HIST210 (Pearson): Field Methods and Practice in Historical Archeology 

Spring 2021
HIST255 (Coombs): Methods and Interpretation in American Historical Archeology;
HIST285* (Almond/Emmons): Building a Community Archive;
VISU360* (Prevo): History and Landscape

Fall 2020
HIST285 (Emmons): Intro to PH;
HIST285* (Way): Collection Management in a Museum

Summer 2020
HIST240 (Pearson): Field Methods and Practice in Historical Archeology 

Spring 2020
HIST 285* (Emmons): Oral History Workshop-Bagby;
HIST255 (Coombs): Methods and Interpretation in American Historical Archaeology;
HIST385 (Hulbert): American West in History and Film;
VISU360 (Prevo): American Domestic Architecture 

Fall 2019
HIST185* (Frusetta): 100 Years of the Tiger;
HIST 285* (Connolly-Brown): Intro to Archives;
HONORS 201 (Blackman): History Through Comics;
RHET 370 (Gleason): Rhetoric and Culture

Summer 2019
HIST240(Pearson): Field Methods and Practice in Historical Archeology 

Spring 2019
HIST185 (Emmons): Intro to PH;
GVFA385 (Eastby/Lehman): Vietnam Archive;
HIST285* (Way): Collection Management in a Museum;
VISU185 (Prevo): Art and Archive: Curatorial Practice

Fall 2017
HIST185* (Pearson/Emmons): GPR Survey of Old College Site 

* One hour class