Partners in Public History: Training Students and Engaging Communities

Saint Mary’s College has received a $50,000 Humanities Access Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support an academic and community engagement public history initiative. Public history is an emerging field focused on civic education and public engagement with the past.

The NEH grant will support Saint Mary’s “Partners in Public History: Training Students and Engaging Communities,” an innovative initiative that will support teaching, academic research, and public presentations on public history, and foster educational partnerships with diverse organizations and schools across the San Francisco Bay Area.

A three-year initiative, the Partners in Public History program includes the new course, “Asian-American Voices in Public History.” History Professor and Project Director Aeleah Soine will teach the course. “This first phase of the program offers students the opportunity to tell history from the bottom up, building upon Saint Mary’s signature community engagement curriculum to integrate professional skills with cultural competencies,” 

As part of its community education mission, the Partners in Public History initiative includes a History Day mentorship program that introduces elementary and middle-school children to historical inquiry and research and to the prospect of college attendance. In March 2018, the college will host hundreds of young scholars for the Contra Costa County National History Day competition.

Learn More About the NEH Grant

Grant In Action: Contra Costa County's National History Day Competition

As part of its community education mission, the Partners in Public History initiative includes a History Day mentorship program introducing elementary and middle-school children to historical inquiry, research and to the prospect of college attendance.
Celebrate scholarship for grad schoolers, Mar. 18, 2018

Grant In Action: “Asian-American Voices in Public History” Course Launches

In this course students will gain experience with oral history, digital media, and museum exhibit curation, while supporting public outreach of Asian-American community organizations and historical institutions.
See students' work from the inaugural class