The mission of the Public History Center is to foster a broader understanding of the importance of history and to forge closer relationships between CNU and the world-class museums, archives, and public history agencies located throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

We promote innovation and entrepreneurial approaches for communicating history to the public.

Here's what we do:

  • Match CNU students with world-class public history internships.
  • Generate student interest and professional opportunities in public history and museum management.
  • Foster cooperation among public historians, as well as the academic community.
  • Identify and document museum best practices and assist with dissemination.
  • Explore social media opportunities related to attracting and engaging history enthusiasts and the broader public.
  • Conduct research on challenges faced by public history agencies in the 21st century.
Dr. Sheri Shuck-Hall

Dr. Sheri Marie Shuck-Hall, Director

Dr. Shuck-Hall has directed CNU’s public history program for almost a decade.  Her book-length analyses of Southeastern Indians were published by both the University of Nebraska Press and the University of Oklahoma Press.  She assisted tribal advocates to secure claims to ancestral lands, and undertook museum curatorial assignments for Southeastern Indian tribes.

Dr. Thomas Hall

Dr. Thomas William Hall, Associate Director

Dr. Hall’s research on determinants and trends in museum and public history attendance has been funded by the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts.  His private sector experience includes management consulting for KPMG and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  His research has been published in the Journal of Software, the Journal of Corporate Finance, and the Journal of Economic Issues; his survey research work has been downloaded hundreds of times. Read full bio >>