After a long digital hiatus, the Shared History Program is back on our blog in order to provide updates and share some news. We have been hard at work these past couple years, and we still press on!
In the Fall of 2013, we completed our project surrounding the events of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This was a special project for the Shared History Program because this was completed in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of this shocking international event. This project is available to view in our project page under Memory of a Tragedy: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy.
For the Spring of 2014, we decided to tackle a project about student veterans, titled In Class, In Uniform. With the help, determination, and hard work of students from the Public History course (HIST 311), we were able to preserve dozens of histories from students who have served in a wide variety of functions in the armed forces of the United States. This project is also available to view in the Shared History Program’s project page, under In Class In Uniform: Veterans Project.
In the Spring of 2015, our direction changed to focus on the local history of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area. In this project, we provide a brief historical overview of Lake Tahoe, and then we explore life and the rich associated histories around our iconic lake, with special emphasis on environmental issues, recreation, boating, and boat racing. This ongoing project has the Shared History Program and students of the Public History course working with the Tahoe Maritime Museum to share and preserve histories of life at Lake Tahoe. Furthermore, students working on the project have also had the opportunity to work with Christine Johnson, Ph.D., who is the curator of museum artifacts at the Nevada Historical Society, to create an exhibit using historical artifacts and bits of written history surrounding the lake. The exhibit is located on the first floor of the Mack Social Sciences Building, next to the Shared History Office, and will be available for viewing by the public until May 2016. Keep looking for updates about this project as we continue our work on it.
These projects serve as valuable hands-on experiences for our Public History Students. Unless otherwise noted in the projects, the students are responsible for all oral history interviews and transcriptions, research on the topics, and exhibit production.
If you or a student you know want more information on becoming involved with the Shared History Program, or would like to see our exhibits, feel free to stop by our office at the University of Nevada, Reno. Our office is currently located in the Mack Social Sciences building, in room 109.
We look forward to sharing our work with you and providing more experiences for history students to actively participate in preserving the past.
The Shared History Project Staff