Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fall 2009 Courses in Public History

History Professor Ray Rast is offering two courses in Public History this fall semester with Chicano History themes. Get hands on experience bring the Chicano History of Orange County to the public. Learn about careers in Public History, create web sites and museum exhibits.

History 456 -- Introduction to Public History: Historic Sites, History Museums, and Politics of the Past
Meets Tuesdays 4:00 -- 6:45 PM

Students taking this course will learn about career opportunities in history museums, historic preservation, and heritage tourism, and they will gain hands-on experience in the creation of a new National Park Service site devoted to the life of César Chávez and the history of the farmworker movement.

History 492 -- Community History: "Mexican Schools," History Museums, and Collective Memory in Orange County
Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30 AM -- 12:45 PM

Students taking this course will join the research team involved in the production of a new exhibition focusing on Mendez v. Westminster and the fight to abolish segregated “Mexican schools” in 1940s Orange County. This exhibition will open at the Old Courthouse Museum in Santa Ana in November 2010.

For more information contact Professor Ray Rast, Department of History, H825G, 657-278-8563 or