Passing the Torch of Public History Directorship

Dawne Dewey Head ShotAfter eight years as Director of Public History, I am stepping down to focus on my primary responsibilities as Head of Special Collections and Archives at Wright State University.

I became director of public history in 2007 and quickly learned that the best part of the job was getting to know all of the students. I have had the privilege of helping guide over 100 students to graduation. Those students have challenged me, laughed with me, drank hot chocolate with me, worked hard with me, kept me on my toes, and generally kept me young, in spite of the gray hair.

I have enjoyed working with all of the public history graduate adjunct faculty, and faculty and staff in the History Department and College of Liberal Arts. I’d like to thank all of our alumni, the staff of Special Collections and Archives, and most of all, the students, for all the support and encouragement you’ve given me these past eight years.

I will continue to teach classes and hope to get to know many more students in the years ahead. Public History at WSU will be in excellent hands with Dr. Drew Swanson. The future is bright and our students and graduates are proving that they can succeed, get great jobs, and share history in new and innovative ways.

For more information about the new Director of Public History at Wright State, Dr. Drew Swanson, check out the Fall 2015 Public History newsletter on CORE Scholar.

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Archives closed on Jan. 18

We will be closed on Monday, January 18, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. We apologize for any inconvenience. (However, we will still be open on Sunday, January 17, from 1:00-5:00.)

Following our closing on January 18th, we will re-open on Tuesday, January 19, at 8:30 a.m.

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Join us for “Exploring the Archives” on Feb. 9

Please join us on the evening of Tuesday, February 9, 2016, for “Exploring the Archives,” part of the Friends of the Libraries workshop series.

Discover the power of the past! Visit Special Collections and Archives in the Wright State University Libraries between 6 and 8 PM on Tuesday evening, February 6, for a special look at the archives’ treasures.

Archives staff will have their favorite items in the collections on display, from the Wright Brothers Collection to the Dayton Daily News Archive and more! Learn about lesser known collections and the stories behind them.

Take a guided tour and experience history through photographs, films, architectural drawings, letters, scrapbooks, and diaries.

Advance registration is required for this event. Please register online as soon as possible. Registration is $10. Your registration fee provides refreshments and workshop materials and supports the Friends of the Libraries organization.

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