For Dr. Benjamin Filene’s new undergraduate public history course, “Creating the Public Past: History beyond the University, students are creating “pop up” public projects along Tate Street, showcasing stories they have unearthed through their research. Their field trips and project work have been supported by a UNCG Strategic Seed Grant for Teaching Innovations.
The course has explored the history of popular history-making – from world’s fairs and pageants to the U.S. Bicentennial to the musical “Hamilton.” For their final project, the students are applying these lessons to the city around us, to literally “take history to the streets.” In pairs, with the assistance of History/Museum Studies Graduate Assistant Katherine Simmons, they chose single addresses on Tate Street and then used public records, archives, and, in some cases, oral histories, to explore the layers of history there. The addresses range from a 203 Tate Street apartment complex to the 449 Tate Street businesses.
On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the Public History students will be outside each of the 10 chosen addresses, eager to engage passersby and patrons with the snippets from the past that they have gathered. (If it is raining hard, the alternate location will be the Public History Lab, 127 McIver St.).
The event will take place noon – 2 p.m.