Kristin Emery chose Loyola’s Public History program because she wanted to engage with history in a unique way.
“Everyone encounters history on a daily basis, be it walking past a landmark building or watching a movie that takes place in the past. I chose Loyola because the program strikes a balance between theory and practice. They teach history as an interactive field of inquiry: ‘this is your community’s story—how do you see it?’
As a public historian, your job is to work with the public to interpret history, sometimes for them and sometimes with them. The career options are numerous. You can work in the federal park system, at an archive or library, do government research, museum curation, and more. I interned at the Chicago History Museum and now work at the Newberry Library.”