Teaching Public History
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This chapter explores some issues about why and how public history training could be designed. The National Council on Public History's (NCPH) Guide to Public History Programs listed 220 university programs around the world in 2013. Public historian at Eastern Washington University, Larry Cebula, wonders 'if we are about to flood a shallow job market with too many graduates', since, he argues, public history jobs are not so abundant, and the competition is high to obtain a job in historic institutions. The Curriculum and Training Committee of the NCPH has published a very useful draft about 'Best Practices for Establishing and Developing a Public History Program' that provides guidance on subjects, such as funding, hiring practices, tenure and promotion, curriculum development, and areas of specialization. The NCPH argues that internships provide students with 'opportunities to reflect on their activities and connect their practical experience with the skills and knowledge gained in their public history training'.