The fall semester core course in Public History explores how history museums, especially Colonial Williamsburg, present history and make it meaningful today. The course uses current issues of society, politics, gender, and race to interpret institutions that speak to to the collective identity of Americans through such media as exhibitions, performances, books, film, and digital communications. The course focuses on the many and varied ways that systematically studied knowledge of the past has been and can be presented in all the different media and formats--ranging from the academic monograph, to movie and video documentaries, to museum interpreters engaging a family on the streets of Williamsburg.
Seats in the core course will be reserved until Collegiate Program students have had an opportunity to register for them. Thereafter, remaining seats in the core course will be available to all William & Mary students.