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Public history provides a variety of opportunities to engage with public audiences and contribute in meaningful ways to the public’s understanding of the past. 

Since 2013, I have worked with talented public history students in the Public History program at the University of Northern Iowa to craft several online exhibitions. These digital exhibitions reflect the  breadth and depth of public history work within a university setting, and the opportunities public history projects have in terms of student training. Click on one of the projects below to find out more.

I also have had the opportunity to produce work for public audiences.  From 2008 to 2011, I worked as a contract researcher for the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. That first year, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Autry National Center awarded me a fellowship ($10,000) to work with the Museum of the American West’s collections. I curated a small exhibition on Gene Autry’s rodeo business, the Flying A Rodeo, which traveled in December 2008 to the National Finals Rodeo in Los Angeles. In the succeeding years, I assisted curators in proposing new exhibitions and researching saddles and other objects related to ranch life and cowboy culture.