In the fall of 2010, the Department of History developed the Master of Arts with an emphasis in Public History. This program trains students for careers at museums, archives, historical societies, and other cultural institutions. Students take classes that focus not only on historical research and methods, but also on prfessional skills.
The Public History program gives students the opportunity to intern at area institutions through the Center’s many partnerships. The UMKC HistoryMakers program facilitates these placements, working with museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, and government agencies to create an ideal setting for public historians in training. Students gain valuable professional experience while the hosting institution has an opportunity to mold the future generation of public history professionals.
Our Interns Have Been Placed At:
- Arrowhead Art Collection
- City of Kansas City, Historical Preservation Commission
- Kansas City Public Library
- Kansas City Museum
- Lee’s Summit Historical Society
- Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
- National Archives and Records Center – Central Plains
- State Historical Society of Missouri Kansas City Research Room
- Truman Presidential Library
- UMKC’s LaBudde Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives
- Wornall Majors House Museums
“The Chiefs and the Arrowhead Art Collection are honored and proud to join with UMKC’s Department of History in this unique opportunity. By utilizing the talents of students in this UMKC graduate program, we can advance the objectives of our art program far beyond the scope of what we originally envisioned.” – Sharron Hunt, Owner, Kansas City Chiefs Football Club and Director of the Arrowhead Arts Program