About Us

Center faculty and student assistants for the 2018-2019 year. Front row, left to right: Annie Shirley, Emily Harrington, Chelsea Neese, Micah Walsh, Mollie Marlow, Abby Smith, Keri Adams (Assistant Director), Val Pratt, Tracy Phelps, Dr. Ann McCleary (Director), and Tinaye Gibbons. Back row, left to right: Roy Palmer, Heather Rodriguez, Brad Hawkins, Drew Schulz, Brandon Cohran, Vanessa Blanks, Chuck Welsko (Visiting Faculty), and Tanisha Matthews.

Our Mission

The Center for Public History researches, documents, preserves, and promotes public discussion of the history and cultural, architectural, and folklife resources of the broader west Georgia region. The Center supports the mission and program of the History Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the State University of West Georgia. Drawing on the expertise and talents of university faculty and students through disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative projects, the Center engages in a wide range of research and educational public outreach services and programs in its service region.

Our Services

Faculty and students at the Center provide consultation and services in historical research, oral history, folklife fieldwork, architectural survey, exhibit development, and public and community program development for the wider university service region. Center staff serve museums, local governments, historical societies and organizations, historic preservation groups, businesses, industries, churches, civic organizations, libraries, schools, community groups, and private individuals.

Our Facilities

The Department of History’s Center for Public History is located in the lower level of Ingram Library, on the university campus. The Center creates and maintains an archives for all of its research and fieldwork activities in the west Georgia region and beyond. The Archives is open to the public for research. For more information on our projects, please contact Center Directors Dr. Ann McCleary, Dr. Julia Brock, or Keri Adams at (678) 839-6141.