On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Public History Program hosted its inagural Public History Social at the beautiful Frick Art & Historical Center in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh. 

Public History student Cerina Oldfield, Alyssa Faight, Amanda Sherry, Cassie Parsons, and Adrianne Berndt enjoy themselves at the inagural Public History Social at the Frick Art & Historical Center.

Public History alumnus Dennis Wodzinski ('06) enjoys a laugh with Dr. Michael Cahall, Director of Graduate Studies in History, at the inaugural Public History Social at the Frick Art & Historical Center.

Over 60 alumni, current students, stakeholders, and department faculty and staff attended the inaugural Public History Social at the Frick Art & Historical Center on April 25, 2015. 

Faculty member Philipp Stelzel, Amy Simpson, faculty member Drew Simpson, and staff member Laura Donaldson enjoyed the inagural Public History Social at the Frick Art & Historical Center on April 25, 2015. 

Alumnae Erika (Winter) McAfee ('10) and Margaret Hewitt ('11) listen with current student Amanda Sherry ('16) about the exciting changes taking place in the Public History program. 

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Public History Program

What is Public History?

Public history is history that happens outside of a textbook and the classroom. Public historians interpret the past for the public in museums, national parks, historic houses, or on main streets. Public history programs give you skills to deal with different audiences, various materials, and multiple contexts. It is often called 'applied history', because it mixes deep historical knowledge with theory and practice. 

Why Study Public History at Duquesne University?

For more than thirty years Duquesne's Public History Program has introduced graduate students to the theories and practices of the field. Our M.A. program, which has nearly 400 alumni,

• offers cutting-edge courses,

• assigns professional internships, 

• and prepares you for rewarding careers in both for-profit and non-profit sectors, including private companies, museums, archives, libraries, parks, battlefields, government agencies, and historic homes and sites in a variety of local, state, and national locations.

With the hiring of new public history faculty in 2014, the implementation of a new curriculum in 2015, an expanded choice of internships, as well as new research and networking opportunities for students, now is an excellent time to consider Duquesne for your graduate education in public history.