Peruvian students attend Nebraska museum conference – The Hamburg Reporter

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This spring, Peru State College students enrolled in the new Public History Certificate Program had the opportunity to travel to Holdrege, Nebraska, to attend the Nebraska Museum Association Conference.

Attendees included Sophie White – social science education major from Hamburg, Iowa; Sarah Davis-Kovarik – Palmyra sophomore history major; Jolie Scott – Jansen’s senior history major; Barbara Curley-Fail – Falls City post-baccalaureate history major; and faculty member, associate professor of history, Dr. Kathi Nehls.

The lecture included a half-day workshop on Visual Thinking Strategies where students learned to develop strategies to engage museum visitors in visual exercises that foster interaction with and curiosity about collections. . The half-day workshop allowed time for fun improvisational activities and small group work. Students also had the opportunity to attend several concurrent sessions on a variety of public history topics, and the conference included dinners and lunches to network and meet other museum professionals.

Curley-Fail commented, “I found the conference to be a great experience. I liked meeting everyone and learning new things. I’m interested in the public history certificate because it was a way to learn new skills and gain experience doing something I hadn’t considered before that turned out to be the career I was looking for.

Students enrolled in the Public History Certificate Program complete 15 hours of public history coursework and internships in addition to their core requirements. Peru State College added this certificate program in 2020. The certificate program is designed to help prepare students for any job that includes responsibilities such as historical representation, public relations, conservation, public policy, or government. town planning.

White added, “My experience at the conference was instructive. I work as an intern at a museum in Nebraska City. The conference helped give me more ideas and ways to engage with guests visiting the museum, as well as highlighting the importance of community engagement with local museums in cities.

Travel costs for the conference were paid for by Phi Alpha Theta funds through the Peruvian State College Foundation.

Thanks to the conference, Scott got a new job. Scott noted, “The conference I attended gave me many opportunities. I was able to learn about public history while interacting with people who had already made careers in the field. I think this conference was an amazing opportunity and prospective students wishing to pursue a degree in public history should plan to attend. I was able to find a position as an archivist at the Gage County Historical Society and Museum. I will start this work on the 18th because I heard about it at the conference and was able to network.

The state of Peru offers four majors in the field of social science – history, history education 7-12, social science, and social science education 7-12. In addition, the College offers minors in history, political science, and social science.

Also present at the conference was Steve Woerth, president of the Brownville Historical Society.

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