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Center for Public History

As public historians we believe that history matters for understanding the past and to prepare for the future. Ranging from the local to the global, the Center for Public History at UH engages our diverse region as a classroom that offers hands-on experience to launch wide-ranging careers in public humanities, museums and archives, consulting firms, government, and policy analysis. For over 30 years the Center has served as a vital resource for collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories of our international city.

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What is public history?

Simply put, it is the use of historical skills and methods outside of academic walls. Public historians are trained to meet the needs of the community - the public - whether that community is defined as a city, a neighborhood, a business, a historical society, or a museum audience. Public history is history intended for the public benefit.

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Visit the online bibliography

Did you know that the Center for Public History keeps an online bibliography of books and articles about anything Houston? Our staffers have accumulated over 600 references about our great city. Jump in and see what you don't know!

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