You’re Invited: Public History Alumni Symposium

You’re invited! There’s still time to register for the Wright State University Public History 40th Anniversary Alumni Symposium coming up on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Public History at Wright State University is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an alumni symposium and reception on Friday, October 17, 2014, in the Apollo Room of the Student Union. Sessions will feature stories from the founding of Public History at WSU and alumni presenters speaking about public history in the community, in museums and in archives. (Follow the conversation on Twitter at #PH40WSU.)

In 1974, before “public history” became a recognizable term among historical scholars, the Wright State University History Department perceived this professional trend and created graduate curriculum in Historical and Archival Administration. As of May 2014, our graduates number over 250. Public History at WSU is one of the oldest and most respected programs in the country, attracting students nationwide. WSU Public History graduates work in major universities, corporations, historical societies, government record centers, national museums and archives, museums, libraries and at National Park sites across the country and around the world. Special Collections and Archives in the Wright State University Libraries serves as the learning laboratory for the program. The Archives along with the history community in Dayton and the Miami Valley create a vast network of learning opportunities for graduate students in the field of Public History.

View the full symposium and reception schedule.

Registration is required and includes the symposium, buffet lunch, and reception. The cost is $30, or $15 for Students. Parking is free in the Visitors Lot right in front of the Student Union.

Registration closes on October 13th.

If you are an alumni of the program, please contact us to update your information for the alumni directory. Or, if you are a prospective student, contact us to learn more about special opportunities for you at the event.

The schedule of events is below, or you may view the Symposium schedule as a printable PDF.

Symposium schedule

Symposium schedule (view as PDF)

We hope to see you there!




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Limited Hours on Oct. 17

Special Collections & Archives will be open for limited hours on Friday, October 17, 2014.

We will open at 8:30 a.m. as usual but will close at 12:00 noon, so that staff may attend the Wright State Public History Alumni Symposium & 40th Anniversary celebration taking place on that day.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

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Upcoming Event: Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society Meeting on Oct. 6, 2014

The next meeting of the Huffman Prairie Aviation History Society will take place this coming Monday, October 6, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

This month's HPAHS presenter, Tim Gaffney

This month’s HPAHS presenter, Tim Gaffney

At this month’s meeting, Tim Gaffney will present “Seldom-Heard Stories About the Wright Brothers” (view PDF flyer). 

A book-signing for Gaffney’s new book The Dayton Flight Factory: The Wright Brothers & the Birth of Aviation will follow the presentation.

Gaffney's new book, The Dayton Flight Factory (2014)

Gaffney’s new book, The Dayton Flight Factory (2014)

The meeting and presentation will take place at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center at 2380 Memorial Road (intersection of State Route 444 and Kauffman Road), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. There is ample free parking, and light refreshments will be provided.

You can view the upcoming schedule of meetings and speakers anytime at : However, the October 6 meeting will be the last HPAHS meeting until spring, due to the closing of the National Park Service site for winter.

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