Public History

What is Public History? The American National Council on Public History (NCPH) describes it as "the many and diverse ways in which history is put to work in the world.  In this sense, it is history that is applied to real-world issues."

Who are Public Historians? As the NCPH explains:

Public historians come in all shapes and sizes.  They call themselves historical consultants, museum professionals, government historians, archivists, oral historians, cultural resource managers, curators, film and media producers, historical interpreters, historic preservationists, policy advisers, local historians, and community activists, among many many other job descriptions.  All share an interest and commitment to making history relevant and useful in the public sphere.

What Public History courses and programs does Lakehead offer? There are a number of options in the Department of History to learn about what it is to be a Public Historian and to gain experience. All of our courses are taught by practicing professionals and experts.

  • A Specialization in Public History as part of your undergraduate degree.
  • A post-graduate one-year Certificate in Public History.
  • As part of any history degree program, students can take any of the following courses as long as they have the prerequisite(s) (see also the menu):
    • Introduction to Public History (HIST 3830)
    • Introduction to Archival Science (HIST 4851)
    • Introduction to Museum and Heritage Studies (HIST 4850)
    • Community Placement (HIST 4830)
    • Digital History (HIST 4832)
    • Public History Field School (HIST 4831)
    • Public History Project (HIST 4904)
    • Digital History Project (HIST 4903)

 How do you find out more information? Contact our Public History coordinator, Dr. C. Nathan Hatton, at