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Lynn Denton


Dr. DentonOffice: TMH-203
Email: pd16@txstate.edu
Phone: 512.245.6196


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Lynn Denton, Director of the Public History Program, received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and is the founding director of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

Educational Background :
Ph.D. - University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Texas Tech University, Museum Studies
B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interest:
Public history, museums, representation and material culture

Recent Research Topics :
Collectors and collecting; material culture; representation and the mediation of meaning in museums.

Previous Publications :

Awards and Accomplishments :
2007 Recipient of the Texas Association of Museums President's Award; Member of the Philosophical Society of Texas

Professional Memberships :
National Council on Public History; American Association for State and Local History; American Association of Museums; Texas State Historical Association, Texas Association of Museums


Courses Taught

HIST 3368A INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HISTORY
Public history is the practice of history outside the classroom in diverse community and institutional settings that may include such specializations as archival management, cultural resource management, preservation, historic site management, historical interpretation, documentary filmmaking, museum science, editing and publishing, and heritage tourism. This class is an introduction to the field of public history and the methodological and theoretical approaches that shape its practice. Includes field trips, group projects, and exhibit, web and documentary film critiques.

HIST 3368K COLLECTORS, CAROUSERS & CONSUMERS:  CULTURAL HISTORY FROM THE ANTEBELLUM TO ATOMIC AGE
This course examines the history of specific expressive, popular and symbolic forms of US culture in shaping American intellectual life, aesthetics and material culture from the period of the 1820’s – 1950’s. We address the historical roles of museums, the arts, libraries, and the historic preservation movement, exploring the relationship between elite and popular forms of culture in these institutions and as expressed in world’s fairs/expositions, the phenomenon of souvenir and other personal collecting, the rise of leisure travel, amusement and consumer culture.

HIST 5371 INTRODUCTION TO THE PRACTICE OF PUBLIC HISTORY
This class is an introduction to the field of public history and the methodological and theoretical approaches that shape its practice. The class explores a wide range of issues and topics that inform the work of public historians through individual and group projects, case studies, oral presentations as well as guest lectures from current professionals in the field.

HIST 5372 PRACTICE OF PUBLIC HISTORY & MUSEUMS: ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

This course provides an introduction to the non-profit based management, leadership and administration issues and practices for historical and cultural heritage organizations. The goal of this course is to provide students who will be entering the public history field with the background knowledge and tools to be effective managers and leaders in their institutions. Students are introduced to the complexity of issues in historical management and administration as reflexive practitioners and engage a wide variety of case studies, issues analysis and 21st century examples from historical institutions.

HIST 5372 PRACTICE OF PUBLIC HISTORY & MUSEUMS:  COLLECTIONS & EXHIBITS
This course explores the social, political and intellectual concepts that informed the establishment of the earliest institutions and examines the ways in which museum collection and exhibition practice have been shaped by this history. We also consider issues of representation and contestation, authority and voice in collections and interpretation. Includes field trips and the opportunity for hands-on practice.