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Public history students tour special collections at UTA

11.10.2017 | By:
Public history students at Texas Wesleyan tour UTA's special collections

Students in Professor Stephanie Stegman's, Ph.D., HIS 4318 Introduction to Public History viewed some of the more important research holdings of the archives at UTA's Special Collections on Tuesday, Nov. 7. This unique class enables history majors to explore the different methods used by historians in the field of public history, including archives, museums and oral history. It acquaints them with non-teaching career options available to those with degrees in History.

Texas Wesleyan students were shown the oldest map in the Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Collection. Dated 1490, the map is an example of an Orbis Terrarum with Jerusalem at the center of the world. In addition students saw an assortment of Texana, including a love letter from Sam Houston (who was married at the time) to the much younger Anna Raguet, an early broadside of the Texas Declaration of Independence from 1836 and, from the Star-Telegraph Photograph Collection, a rare assortment pictures of the famous 1947 Roswell UFO incident.

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