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UT’s Inaugural Public History Class

Students in UT’s inaugural Public History course recently completed a number of community internships, under the mentorship of senior lecturer Dr. Pat Rutenberg.

Mallory Glasgow“I was given the opportunity to assist in the set up of Tom Burckhardt’s “Full Stop” exhibit. The piece is an incredibly detailed and life-size artist’s studio made entirely out of cardboard.” – Mallory Glasgow

Mallory Glasgow worked at the Knoxville Museum of Art, conducting digital scanning of sketches of Beaufort Delaney and installing new exhibits.

At the East Tennessee Historical Society, Katherine McPhaull’s work included registering newly donated items for the permanent and short-term exhibitions, including writing detailed descriptions and condition reports and taking inventory of pictures in the Vanishing Appalachia collection, among others.

Emma Evans, at Blount Mansion, prepared photographic materials and took photos of 20th century newspapers for archival and digital use and sorted through the boxes in the Craighead-Jackson House to see what needed to be kept for future archives.

The Beck Cultural Exchange Center engaged Amanda Alacorn in a Digital archival project that included analyzing and computerizing historical data; scanning documents and pictures, and conducting research on local African American History, including the “urban renewal” period.

Beth Amstutz worked several events for Knox Heritage while working on a number of research projects for the organization. Moira Church also worked for Knox Heritage, researching their Fragile Fifteen list

At UT’s McClung Museum, Jacob Seifert conducted a careful examination of a Knoxville map (1863), drawn by Orlando Poe, Union engineer, including the identification and research of significant geographic features and property owners.

Christopher Thomas went through a book of postcards at Mabry Hazen House that were sent to Evelyn Hazen, scanned them and put them into Past Perfect.


UT Department of History  (865-974-5421,