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 professional skills.
The Public History program requires that students complete an internship as part of their program of study. The Center’s many partnerships with area institutions have facilitated the placement of UMKC students with museums, libraries, archives, historical societies, and government agencies. The Department of History’s internship program, UMKC HistoryMakers, helps students gain valuable professional experience while giving the hosting institution the opportunity to mold the next generation of public historians.
Our Interns Have Been Placed At:
- American Public Square
- Arrowhead Art Collection
- City of Kansas City, Historical Preservation Commission
- Eisterhold Associates Inc.
- Kansas City Museum
- Kansas City Public Library
- 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 Center
- 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