Sample History Paper on Public History on the Prairies

Public History on the Prairies ( is a collaboratively-built website comprised of posts and projects related to diverse elements of prairie history. It is an ongoing work-in-progress, populated with content by students, instructors, and affiliates of the Brandon University Public History Program and the Interactive Media Arts Program at Assiniboine Community College.


You are responsible for curating one new blog post for the website on a distinct topic related to the history of the Prairies. You have wide latitude in your choice of topic – people (deceased), places, events, and things/objects/artifacts would all be acceptable. Be sure to get my approval of your topic before you move forward with your research.


Depending on the nature of your topic, you may need to carry out the necessary work to complete the post in active dialogue with community members (in ways that are safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic). This is in keeping with best practices of shared authority in public history project development.



  1. Write an essay, properly cited (with footnotes and bibliography, which, by the way), describing your chosen topic, its history, and significance. You must locate, consult, and engage with AT LEAST 5 scholarly sources in your narrative. Failure to do so will result in a low grade. Please use Chicago style for formatting and citation.
  2. At least six engaging images related to and documenting your topic, suitable for use in the blog post. These images must be cited properly. This should include a mix of several archival photos and photos you take yourself (as appropriate for your topic). As part of this, you are responsible for getting copyright clearance for all six images in writingInclude evidence that copyright clearance has been obtained when you submit your assignment. This means if an individual or an institution gives you photos to use, you must get a letter/ mail from them (or other written proof) indicating that it is okay for you to use their photos. If you take photos yourself, you do not need clearance to use these in your blog post (and be sure to label clearly any photos you’ve taken yourself in your research package).
  3. If you need to work with community members (as described above), you must include their names and contact information (telephone and email). You are responsible for locating and developing relationships with appropriate community members as necessary (but do absolutely feel free to come to me for advice and, where possible, introductions as needed). Remember to adhere to all current public health guidelines during this relationship-building.
  4. A signed note or email from at least one of these community members indicating that you have allowed them to see and comment on your research package for completeness and accuracy. Make sure you incorporate their feedback/commentary and make any necessary adjustments to your research package before handing it in.