Chuck Welsko (Left), Keri Adams (Center), Dr. Ann McCleary (Right)
Dr. Ann McCleary, the public history coordinator, came to the University of West Georgia in 1997 to begin the public history program. She has over thirty years of experience working in museums, historic preservation, and humanities organizations. Dr. McCleary teaches the courses in museum studies, material culture, American architecture, and folklife as well as the Introduction to Public History course.
Ms. Keri Adams is Assistant Director and Manager of the Center for Public History, teaches the Public History Internship and Professionalism in Public History courses, and is the advisor of the Undergraduate Certificate in Public History. She co-directs Center for Public History's West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail project in addition to contributing to and developing other Center projects and initiatives, including the University History Project and National Park Service histories. Ms. Adams earned her M.A. in History concentrating in Public History with a Museum Studies Certificate from the University of West Georgia.
Mr. Chuck Welsko teaches courses on U.S. History and Public History as the Limited Term Assistant Professor of History while also serving as the Director of the University History Project. Mr. Welsko is an ABD candidate at West Virginia University, finishing up his dissertation that explores how Americans understood and used loyalty during the Civil War Era.
Students taking courses in the Museum Studies program also learn from and network with professional staff at the Atlanta History Center. Dr. Gordon Jones, Senior Military Curator, serves as the Atlanta History Center Museum Studies coordinator and helps to teach two of the museum studies classes: Museum Exhibits and Museum Administration. Kate Whitman, the Vice President of Public Programs, assists with the Museum Education and Interpretation class. Other staff members share their areas of expertise with the class.
Several other West Georgia faculty members have background, interest, and experience in public history activities, such as Dr. Keith Bohannon, our Civil War historian, who often works with the National Park Service.
Our public history program prides itself on offering opportunities for students to work closely with our faculty and to engage in real-world public history projects and scholarship. Students build networks of professional staff through their classes and internships that will assist them in their future careers.