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Public History Field School 2018

If you are enrolled in HIST 497 or HIST 529 for summer 2018 you will be traveling to Montana! This course lasts from May 27th – June 16th and offers 3 semester credits to participating students.

This course offers hands-on experiential learning for WSU undergraduate and graduate students interested in the American West, American Indian history, commemoration, celebration, historical exhibits, and park development.

Students will work with Shoshone-Bannock tribal specialists, local and tribal newspapers, and historical and interpretive specialists from Virginia City while placing long-lasting commemorative structures at the Tendoy Interpretive Park.

Public History Field School Summer 2016

This is edited drone footage from the 2016 Jack and Janet Creighton Public History Field School. It is a 20 minute compilation–a long watch, but worth it in the end. I hope that you will find the time to watch what equates to less than a standard prime-time television show episode.  To see the footage, click here.

Jack and Janet Creighton’s caring generosity has created a convergence of dynamics for me, for my 2016 public history seminar and field school students, the town of Virginia City, the Sacajawea Center in Salmon, Idaho, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes at Fort Hall, Idaho, and for the History Department and the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University.

Their financial support has provided me with the ability to plan, organize, sponsor, and advance multiple components including a graduate seminar, a public history field school, the “In Good Faith” documentary, and public consultation with the Tribes, the Sacajawea Center, and Virginia City.

This 20-minute Vimeo post, something of a video companion to the slim Apple Photos field school publication in the WSU Department of History office, employs field school drone technology at our three locations–Virginia City, MT; Salmon, ID; and the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. The Vimeo is in HD, so be sure to view it on the largest HD screen that is available to you.

Additionally, Jared Chastain, my graduate student, captured this drone footage under the direction and guidance of Beverly Penninger and Alyson Young, owners and producers with Naka Productions, their video production company in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I expect Beverly and Alyson will incorporate some of this footage into our “In Good Faith” documentary project which has a projected completion date of spring 2018.

July 16 Daylight Creek Gathering and Tendoy Interpretive Park plans – Virginia City, Montana

Sponsored by the John and Janet Creighton Public History Project, the Department of History at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, will offer its public history field school from May 23 through June 10, 2016.

Professor Orlan Svingen and the Department of History received a high-impact research award from WSU benefactors John and Janet Creighton (PhD history ’04) to support a new, four-year outreach project connecting the WSU Public History Program with ongoing historical and cultural interpretive work by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and government groups in southwest Montana and east-central Idaho.

An extension of Dr. Svingen’s research and teaching agenda, the JJCPH Project will provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities for WSU undergraduate and graduate students interested in American Indian history and culture. Students will work collaboratively with Shoshone-Bannock tribal specialists, as well as historical and interpretive specialists from Virginia City, Montana, and Salmon, Idaho.

The 2016 Public History Field School will span three weeks, beginning Monday, May 23 in Virginia City, Montana.

  • Week 1 will be spent developing interpretive themes and signage drafts for three locations: the newly-formed Tendoy Park in Virginia City, Montana, the 1868 Territorial Headquarters Building (Tendoy’s Cession Document), and Laurin, Montana (1868 Virginia City Treaty site).
  • Week 2 begins on Monday, May 30 in Salmon, Idaho, where students will work in conjunction with the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, Educational, and Events Center. The objective will be to develop draft-teaching units for the Center that enhances historical and cultural understanding of the Mixed-Bands of Shoshone, Bannock, and Sheepeater People whose aboriginal homeland includes both sides of Lemhi Pass.
  • Week 3 will be spent in Fort Hall, Idaho, at the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, home of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Working with the Language and Cultural Preservation Department and the Culture Committee, students will prepare draft-reports of their work from weeks 1 and 2 for a formal presentation.

WSU summer school enrollment for this course will be capped at 20 students, undergraduate and graduate students combined, and it will fulfill requirements for History 529, which will earn students 3 semester credits. Additional information about the field school application form, deadlines, syllabus, course fees, and any additional costs over and above tuition will be forthcoming.