Public History Field School
The Fort Vancouver Public History Field School is a partnership program between the History Department at Portland State University, the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver, the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, and the National Park Service (NPS) at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Throughout the semester or quarter, students enrolled in the Public History Field School actively apply knowledge gained through group discussion, directed readings, research, practical exercises, peer review, and class instruction to crafting interpretive programs, publications and digital art and media that helps the public connect to and understand the national significance of this historic site.
Department of History, Portland State University
Coursework facilitated onsite through Portland State University (HST 411/511: Historic Site Interpretation, offered in odd-numbered years) is designed to build on the context of students' introductory coursework by providing a focused, hands-on immersion into how history is promulgated by one of the leading stewards of the nation's history - the National Park Service (NPS). Students work onsite at Fort Vancouver with instructor Greg Shine and use group discussion, directed readings, primary source research, practical exercises, peer review, and class instruction to 1) craft programs and interpretive media for the public and 2) provide core historical research to inform other project work.Student internships and individual studies can also be arranged for more in-depth research and application.
Creative Media & Digital Culture Program, Washington State University Vancouver
The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program (CMDC) is an academic program, unique to Washington State University Vancouver, that houses the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Digital Technology and Culture. The CMDC coursework (DTC 354 Digital Storytelling) focuses on creating digital art and media that uses PSU student & NPS staff research to connect visitors to historic site significance.
Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University
The WSU Edward R. Murrow College of Communication coursework (ComJour 333: Reporting Across Platforms) uses PSU & NPS content to produce media through various digital formats (including the Fort Vancouver Mobile app) that helps facilitate and communicate greater public understanding of the site and its historical significance.
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2013 Public History Field Schools
2012 Public History Field School (WSUV: DTC 354 Digital Storytelling)
Did You Know?
Did you know that John McLoughlin, Chief Factor at Fort Vancouver, is known as the “Father of Oregon” for his aid to American immigrants arriving over the Oregon Trail? His home in Oregon City, Oregon is a unit of the national park system administered by Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. More...