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Working in Public History

Public historians pursue a wide variety of tasks: researching and writing community, government, and corporate histories; establishing and operating archives, records management systems, museums, and historical agencies; conducting historic site interpretation and preservation endeavors; editing historical manuscripts; producing historical documentaries and other media projects; conducting oral history interviews; serving as independent consultants; working in government agencies; and participating in policy analysis and planning, among many others.

AHA Careers for Students of History: Historians in Museums 

Public History Careers 

The National Park Service’s History and Culture 

National Council on Public History 

Historic Preservation and Public History Job Link 

American Association of Museums 

Museum Employment Research Center 

The United States Office of Personnel Management’s official listings of government job openings 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Archivists and Curators Job Outlook for 20010–20011 

AHA Employment Opportunities 


  • History Department
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Building
    Room 304
    981 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2284
  • Fax: 724-357-6478
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.