The Public History program at Virginia Tech highly recommends that faculty and students interested in the work of our department should also consider the following resources. Below you will find links to these resources, as well as other departments and programs that can also serve as a valuable resource or opportunity for collaboration.


The Public History department is proud to work with a number of affiliated programs at Virginia Tech:

Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities   CATH provides technological resources and opportunities to teachers, scholars, and students in the humanities. The Center focuses on bringing together humanities-based research, teaching, and/or outreach projects that require the application of new technology and strong infrastructural support. CATH’s goal is to be “at the forefront in applying the technologies that are revolutionizing research, teaching, and outreach in the humanities—a natural extension of the goals of Virginia Tech—a university renowned for its state-of-the-art uses of technology.”

Material Culture and Public Humanities This cross-disciplinary program combines material culture and public humanities, tying the two together through similar intellectual goals and a  skill sets. The program defines material culture as the study of material or physical objects, as well as the placement of those objects in critical, theoretical and historical perspectives as the products of distinct cultures.    Public humanities,  on the other hand, bridges the divide between academia and the public by encouraging dialogue between scholars and communities on cultural and social issues.

Special Collections Newman Library’s Special Collections includes manuscript collections, rare books, and the University Archives. The collection also contains state, local and historical maps and photographs. Their mission is to collect and preserve unique, historical materials and provide access to them in their original form to researchers and visitors.

Virginia Center for Civil War Studies   The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies concentrates on the actions factors that that led to the war and its aftermath, as well as the people affected by it, through projects each year. The center provides an ideal setting to shed new light on the political, military, social, cultural, and human implications of the Civil War.

Community Engagement

We encourage students to get involved with the local communities of Blacksburg and Christiansburg by volunteering with museums, archives, and other institutions in need of help.  Our community greatly benefits from the work of these volunteers.  Students, in turn, not only get a chance to give back to local partners, but also the opportunity to […]

Center for Geospatial Information Technology

The Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT) is an interdisciplinary research center based out of Virginia Tech that has applications in fields such as urban planning, emergency response, and public history. Click here to learn more about CGIT.

Innovation Space

InnovationSpace offers the resources and inspiration for Tech faculty interested in implementing new technological approaches in their classrooms and work. For more information on InnovationSpace, visit their website.

Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology

The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) is a laboratory where the arts, math, and engineering come together. Through its partnership with the Moss Arts Center and unique resources such as the Cube, ICAT is dedicated to education for all ages. Click here to learn more about ICAT.

Material Culture and Public Humanities

The Material Culture and Public Humanities program is an interdisciplinary Master’s degree based out of Tech’s Department of Religion and Culture. Working alongside the School of Visual Arts and Department of History, this program trains its students to be the link between the public and academia in areas such as historic preservation, curation, and conservation. For more […]

The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies (VCCWS) is a program based out of the History Department at Virginia Tech. The VCCWS is dedicated to promoting education on the American Civil War through events such as movie screenings and public lectures, as well as the educational outreach Traveling Trunk program. For more information on the VCCWS, […]