Public History

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The Public History program at UAH offers students an interdisciplinary minor that features a range of classes in historical interpretation, cultural resource management, historical archaeology, architectural history, and research methodology. This curriculum complements students’ training in more traditional history classes and prepares them for a broad range of careers in fields other than teaching.  The program finds its home in the Center for Public History in Roberts Hall, which features an office and resource center and serves as a lounge for students and as the home base of the student-led Public History Club.

Active learning through semester-long internships has become an essential element of the Public History program. Since 2008 UAH students have interned at the following institutions:

  • ·United States Space and Rocket Center
  • ·NASA’s Marshall Space Center
  • ·History Channel
  • ·National Park Service’s Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Site
  • ·Redstone Arsenal
  • ·Huntsville Museum of Art
  • ·Huntsville/Madison County Archives
  • ·Huntsville/Madison County Special Collection
  • ·UAHuntsville Library Special Collection
  • ·State of Tennessee Park System

Students have also worked as volunteers and paid summer staff at local museums and cultural destinations.

The Public History program also strives to serve the local community through outreach projects. Drawing on the time and talents of university faculty and students, the Center for Public History will develop a wide variety of collaborative projects, services, and programs that highlight the rich history of northern Alabama and the Tennessee River Valley.    

The Center for Public History is located in 420 Roberts Hall. For more information about the program or current projects please contact Center Director Dr. John F. Kvach at (256) 824-2570 or email inquiries to"> You can also learn more about the Public History program by visiting its Facebook group page at: