Public History Boot Camp is a training initiative offering low-cost, high-quality workshops on current scholarship and essential skills for public history professionals. Initiated in 2013, our boot camp programs have been featured in Public History News and at national professional conferences.

Upcoming Workshops:

Historic Preservation Workshops

Interpretive Planning for Historic Sites and Museums: Why, What, and How
1-day workshop
October 7, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Alice Paul Institute, Mount Laurel, NJ

What is interpretive planning? Essentially it combines all the elements that create an optimal visitor experience at a historic site, exhibition, or museum. At this workshop we will consider the interpretive planning process and discuss the various elements that are included in an interpretive plan. We will discuss experiences that participants have had—both positive and negative—in visiting historic sites or exhibitions, and we will apply these experiences to an interactive session based on a current exhibition installed at the Alice Paul Institute. Participants will learn why interpretive planning should be an essential part of any strategic or master planning exercise at a historic and/or cultural institution.


Architecture in Color: Historic Paints and Finishes, Their Investigation and Reproduction

1-day workshop
November 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
South AB, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden

Historic architecture is known to us in primary source materials through drawings or early black-and-white photography.  What’s missing is color and the finishing of a building that makes all the difference in its appearance. Through lectures and hands-on lab work, workshop participants will learn what traditional paints were made of, how they were used, and ways to investigate the finishes history of a building.



Previous Workshops:

Find Your Perfect Match: Grantmakers and History Organizations, Perfect Together

Cemeteries and Historic Preservation: Workshop and Tour of The Woodlands and Mount Moriah Cemetery

Preservation in Practice: A Primer for Historic Preservation Commissions

Public Conversations, Advocacy, and Disability Rights: The Role of History in Promoting Dialogue and Social Change

Accessible Museums, Accessible Objects: Interpreting the Material Culture of Disability for Contemporary Audiences

Make the Most of Your Historic District: Workshop and Tour of Camden’s Cooper Street

Getting Your Historic House (Museum) in Order: Foundation Documents for Managing Your Historic Property

User Experience for Public Historians

Assessing Your Collection: New Jersey’s CAPES and Artifact Assessment Program


Pinterest for History Organizations

New Views on Immigration and Diversity for History Organizations