Welcome to Public History @ Temple
Dr. Hilary Iris Lowe, Interim Director
Dr. Seth C. Bruggeman, Director (On sabbatical until January 2021)
Temple University’s Center for Public History (CPH) aims to be the preeminent provider of Public History training in the greater Philadelphia area. Its place within a world-class history department and its proximity to rich historical resources make the CPH a major contributor to Public History theory and practice. The CPH originated in 1985 to raise awareness of Philadelphia’s recent past and to train historians for work beyond the university. In recent years, the CPH has added new faculty and a two-year masters program in Public History. Today, the CPH provides training in museum and historic site management, digital history, historical interpretation, and community history. Our students intern in the shadow of Independence Hall, wander the back rooms of our nation’s oldest museums, and explore new possibilities for digital pasts at some of the most historically significant sites in the United States. We train historians to work wherever they are needed–from house museums to the halls of government–and to be particularly mindful of community, collaborative practice, and the fraught politics of shared memory. Keep tabs on our latest projects at Facebook.