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Actively Engaged

Living History


Kitty Nowak (HA 09) discusses the Oxmoor Farm Food Literacy program with Dr. Terry Barnhart and members of the HA class of 2012-13.


Historical Administration students begin and end their academic year with study trips that take us behind-the-scenes in museums and historic sites. During the academic year, students write grants; research, design and build an exhibit; and conduct applied projects in archives and collections housed in campus, community, and state museums and sites.

Living History

Churchill Downs

The HA class of 2012-13 poses at Churchill Downs on their spring study trip.


Living History

Debra Reid driving Oxen

Dr. Debra Reid driving a yoke of oxen at Tillers International, near Kalamazoo, Michigan, November 2011. Reid serves as vice-president of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, which met at Tillers. Photograph by Derrick Birdsall.



Interpreting and Curating the Past

Exhibit Fabrication


As a program we interpret and curate the past through our annual exhibit, scholarly research and writing, public programming, digitization projects, and museum education projects. Faculty are actively engaged in interpreting and curating the past through their fields of research and through involvement in professional organizations.

Preserving History at Lincoln Log Cabin

Graduate students Stephanie Martin, Lindsay Wieland, and Anne Coats with the help of Professor Terry Barnhart give insight their graduate research at the Lincoln Log Cabin.


Capstone Experience

Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities

Kim Looby (HA 12) works on textile preservation while interning at the Illinois State Museum.


Following the academic year, students complete a six-month internship at a museum of their choice. HA students complete a special project under the supervision of a museum professional, extending and reinforcing the knowledge and experience gained through their course work.

Hands-On History

Graduate Student Samantha Sauer talking about her work at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Illinois.




Exhibited Knowledge


An administrative role within the world's largest children's museum is no simple task, and it's definitely not a job for just any person. Luckily for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and its more than one million annual visitors, there's an EIU alum on the job.


Historical Administration Program alumni are employed at museums and historic sites throughout the United States and beyond, in virtually every area of the field. You'll find them at corporate archives, National Park Service sites, Smithsonian museums, university museums, the National Archives, county historical societies, living history sites, arts councils, and more.