Welcome!

The Society of Public Historians is a student organization that devotes itself to the development and spread of public history through learning, service, and fun! 

We meet monthly to discuss public history and our upcoming activities.  Please join us for our next meeting!


What is public history?

Public history generally takes place in settings beyond the traditional classroom. Its practitioners often see themselves as mediators on the one hand between the academic practice of history and non-academics and on the other between the various interests in society that seek to create historical understanding. Public history practitioners include museum professionals, government and business historians, historical consultants, archivists, teachers, cultural resource managers, curators, film and media producers, policy advisors, oral historians, professors and students with public history interests, and many others. 

--National Council on Public History

Upcoming Events

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We will be having another SPH Meeting on Wednesday, December  2nd at 3:30 p.m. in Plumb Hall 409 to watch the second episode of  John Adams, the HBO miniseries about the founding father. A quick blurb:

Paul Giamatti shines in the title role of this epic Emmy and Golden Globe winner that recounts the life of founding father John Adams as revolutionary leader, America's first ambassador to England, the first vice president and the second president. The iconic cast of characters includes Abigail Adams (Laura Linney), George Washington (David Morse), Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane) and Benjamin Franklin (Tom Wilkinson).

Dues will also be collected at this meeting to refill the SPH coffers from the Ghost Tour event.

Popcorn will be provided; bring something to drink and enjoy a RELAXING Society of Public Historians event in the last part of the semester!

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Sunday, December 13th from 2-4 p.m. Dr. Thierer will be hosting an end-of-semester SPH get together at her ranch.
Drinks will be provided (cider, coffee, etc) but please bring something to share.For directions, please contact Dana Carter at dcarter4@emporia.edu. We will also try to arrange carpools.


Job and Internship Opportunities

Exciting opportunity at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site in Olathe, Kansas, a city government owned facility operated through its Parks and Recreation Department. Built in 1865, the Mahaffie home is the only intact stagecoach stop remaining on the Santa Fe Trail preserved as a public museum. Mahaffie Historic Site is a living history facility interpreting stagecoach travel, agriculture and rural life, and the Border and Civil Wars in Kansas, in the period 1855 to 1875.

The Interpretive Specialist for Daily Programming & Collections is responsible for developing visitor experiences and expanding the site’s overall interpretive program and special events by working closely with other staff. Specifically, the position oversees the daily interpretive program for children and adults with duties that include: training seasonal and permanent staff and volunteers in mid-19th century lifeways and interpretive methodology; scheduling staff and volunteers; managing the site’s period clothing program; and directly participating in the interpretive program on a regular basis.  Also serves as Collections Manager for the site and for other historical collections owned by the City of Olathe.

Bachelor’s degree in History, Museum Studies, Historical Administration, Cultural Geography, Education, or related studies required. Minimum of one year of previous experience in a similar position required. Successful candidate will be devoted to providing top-quality visitor experiences; be team-oriented and possess strong interpersonal skills; and demonstrate broad and relative experiences and education applicable to the position. Must successfully pass a background investigation, physical, and drug screen, and be willing to work a varied schedule with considerable weekend work and some evenings and in a variety of weather conditions. Starting Salary: $26,880 - $34,460/yr. DOQ with strong benefit package.  Apply on-line at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/olathe or in Human Resources, City of Olathe, 100 E. Santa Fe, Olathe, KS  66061 .    Application Deadline: Open until filled



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