On April 26, 2013, six graduate students from the Rutgers-Camden history department gave walking tours of Historic Cooper Street to participants of the Third Annual Public HIstory Community Forum. The tours were developed as part of Dr. Charlene Mires’ Historic Interpretation class. Over the course of the semester the students researched and wrote the tours, presenting them for the first time that day. The tours touched on a number of themes including architecture, industrialization and urbanization, transportation, Camden?s medical history, and youth and education. Congratulations to Rutgers-Camden tour guides Brian Albright, Kim Coulter, Jacob Downs, Joshua Lisowski, Mikaela Maria, William Roulett for their hard work in creating what was considered a high point of the day!
Dr. Howard Gillette, Professor Emeritus of History at Rugers-Camden served as the keynote speaker. Two alumni of the public history program at Rutgers-Camden’s served on the committee: Mandi Magnuson-Hung (Chair) and Kathleen Leonard. PubComm13 was sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rugers-Camden.
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Christopher Threston, graduate of our MA program, appeared on a CBS local story about the film “42″ and the legacy of Jackie Robinson. Chris is the author of The Integration of Baseball in Philadelphia (available on amazon). This book began life as an MA capstone paper! Chris teaches AP US History at Bishop Eustace Prep. After the book was published nearly 10 years ago, he has been contacted periodically by the media. He reports “Four years ago, when the Phillies and Yankees were in the World Series, I was interviewed by the NY Daily News about the 1950 World Series (same teams) being the last “all-white” World Series. Then, just a few weeks ago, I received an invitation to a special Philadelphia screening of “42″ for historical insight and which included the CBS3 interview.” They brought him to the rebuilt Pearl Theatre for the screening and the interview.
Sam Lebovic, a post-doctoral student at Rutgers-NB, will give a paper on the First Amendment, classification, and domestic political culture. David Farber of Temple University will comment.
Each seminar is followed by snacks and a social hour. Please let us know if you plan to come so we can have adequate refreshments. Maps and directions are available at the RU-Camden website: How to Get to Rutgers-Camden.
Three graduate students have received Internship Completion Awards for the fall semester: Kimberly Coulter, who interned with the Remer & Talbott consulting firm; Kathleen Leonard, who interned at the Please Touch Museum; and Benjamin Thompson, who interned at the Urban Archives, Temple University, and The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. These awards of up to $500 are given to students who complete public history internships successfully with a grade of A or B and whose costs of tuition exceeded their compensation for the internships. The funds were donated to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) to honor the retirement of Howard Gillette, who requested that they be used to support graduate training in public history.