“Public History is the conceptualization and practice of historical activities with one’s public audience foremost in mind. Its practitioners often see themselves as mediators on the one hand between the academic practice of history and non-academics and, on the other hand, between the various interests in society that seek to create historical understanding. Public history practitioners include museum professionals, government and business historians, archivists, curators, film and media producers, policy advisors, oral historians, professors and students with public history interests, and many others.”
— National Council on Public History
A wide range of career opportunities are available to public historians in museums, archives, historical societies, public and private libraries, historical sites, national parks, audiovisual and digital arts media, corporations, and nonprofit agencies. Public historians also frequently collaborate with anthropologists, archaeologists, librarians, architects, and public officials. Jobs in the field of Public History are listed by, among others, the American Historical Association, the National Council on Public History, and the Public History Resource Center.
Introductions to careers in Public History are afforded by student internships. The Philadelphia area offers a treasure trove of internship possibilities and careers in public history. Several institutions have agreed to partner with La Salle’s Public History concentration for internship projects, including the Barnes Foundation, the Betsy Ross House, Cliveden of the National Trust, The Franklin Institute, Germantown Historical Society, the Library Company, and The National Park Service, including Independence National Historical Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park.