Making History: Material Culture, Museums, and Memory

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Making History

Spring 2021

Taught By: Amanda Bellows

Section: A

CRN: 9792

Credits: 4

What can material artifacts, buildings, and physical sites tell us about the past? How do historians bring to life the historic relationships between people, objects, and geographic spaces? This course explores the ways in which historians preserve and interpret American artifacts, ephemera, homes, and more for the general public. From the renovation of museums and the preservation of historic houses to the creation of monuments and “living history” sites, historians employ unique strategies to make the past tangible for Americans of diverse backgrounds. Students will visit local museums including the New-York Historical Society, consider spaces like the National September 11 Memorial and the Gettysburg Battlefield, study the interiors of historic homes like Winterthur and Mount Vernon, and research “living history” sites like Old Beth Page Village and Williamsburg. Students will consider the different abilities of museums, historic houses, monuments, and guides to present different elements of American history to the public. They will consider questions of interpretation, representation, and historical accuracy. Coursework will include writing assignments as well as a final research project of the student’s choosing about a local museum, monument, or historic site.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:12pm 5/8/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021