Throughout each semester at CNU, the Public History Center will sponsor student seminars, Piece of Public History, whereby local practitioners can discuss the state of the field and available internships at their organization. 

The Public History Center also will invite subject matter experts to a new speaker series, Innovating History, to address the University and wider community about issues central to the themes of innovation and management at museums and other public history agencies. 

June 4-6, 2015
Innovating History Event – Tall Ship, Hermione, visit to Yorktown, VA


(Music, fog horns blowing, and cannon booms)

Michaela Felter (Junior, CNU): This is a rebuilt reconstruction of the ship that brought Lafayette over to help during the American Revolution, and he sailed and 1780 and they started the reconstruction of this ship in 1997. And pretty much Lafayette was actually a pretty big contributor and help during the American Revolution. Him and  George Washington became so close. And there's a lot of mutual respect between them that Lafayette actually named his first son after George Washington. So there’s a lot lot of history here intermingled here between France and America. It’s really exciting that this is the first port that the Hermione is coming over on.

Dr. Thomas Hall (CNU Public History Center, Associate Director): This is a major international event. Christopher Newport is the only university that’s involved in the Yorktown part of this in an intimate way.  And it's a fantastic opportunity for all of our students.

Michaela Felter (Junior, CNU): So, we’re giving out this survey and having some of the visitors and guests here fill it out. We’re pretty much asking how involved they are in public history in this area and how we can make it more palatable, how can we make it more educational, more interesting, and entertaining for them.

We’re pretty much just trying to improve the public history in this area and see how CNU can contribute to make it better experience for guests and visitors.

Dr. Sheri Shuck-Hall, (CNU Public History Center, Director):  Everything that they learned in the classroom about history, they’re able to provide information to the public and in a way that’s interesting, that's exciting and it’s just a huge community service, I think. The opportunities that we have working for these types of events, where this is once in a lifetime – I mean, you do not have a historical ship coming. This is the first port of call.  So it's very exciting.

The aspect that I love about public history is that you can really share historical events and to also help the public understand the heritage of the United States and even beyond.

Everyone needs to know what happened in our history.