The communities of Southeastern North Carolina are partners in the training of new public historians. Students and faculty work with historical and other organizations on projects like exhibits, programs, program evaluations, research, commemorations, and historic site preservation and interpretation. Sometimes these organizations collaborate on year long projects with multiple public history seminars, while at other times organizations train interns through semester-long projects. Public history students are also active volunteers, paid consultants, and part-time employees. Some organizations make generous donations of time and funds that support student work.

Our community partners include:

Historic Wilmington Foundation

The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design

The Stamp Defiance Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution

The African American Heritage Foundation of Wilmington

The Cape Fear Museum of History and Science

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Thalian HallThe Lower Bladen Columbus Historical Society


In the Spring semester of 2011, students collaborated with the Historical Wilmington Foundation on a walking tour of the Forest Hills neighborhood of Wilmington.


A gathering to mark the creation of a new scholarship was held on the porch of the Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design, whose board supports a scholarship for UNCW Public History Students. Left to right: Beau Cummings of UNCW Advancement, Bellamy Mansion Executive Director Gareth Evans, first Boney Scholarship recipient Sarah Skrobialowski, scholarship honoree Lillian Boney, Dr. William Moore, Bellamy Mansion Board Chair Sharon Stone, and UNCW History Chair Dr. Paul Townend



Lower Bladen Columbus Historical Society director Earnestine Keaton (right) talks with students while giving a tour of historical sites in East Arcadia, North Carolina. LBCHS collaborated with the UNCW Public History Program to produce the travelling exhibit Flashback: Community Life Through the Lens of Mack Munn.


If you represent a historical or other organization and would like to collaborate with the UNCW Public History Program, contact one of the following:

For information on collaboration with graduate classes or other information about the Public History Program, contact Tammy Gordon. For information on internships, contact Monica Gisolfi. To donate to the UNCW Public History program, contact Paul Townend

If you would like to hire an undergraduate intern, the UNCW Employer Internship Guide is a helpful reference.


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