|Katie at work during her internship at the Newport Historical Society in RI|
Katie is a trailblazer for many public history students at Messiah College. Our new public history concentration not only requires that students take courses and internships in public history, local history, digital history, teaching history, and public archaeology, but it also requires them to take courses in non-history-related subjects such as business management, photography, GIS technology, event planning, web design, museum studies, and digital media. As chair of the department I have been thrilled to see students building off of the public history concentration with minors (or double majors) in business management, marketing, and communications.
As longtime readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home know, Katie worked as my research assistant from 2009-2012. She was influential in helping me complete Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? and Why Study History? In fact, she wrote most of the book proposal for the latter project. I am thus particularly proud to see Katie writing for History@Work, the official blog of the National Council of Public History.
Here is a taste of her post: "Community Engagements Across Disciplinary Boundaries":