Museums and American Culture students produce short video

January 11, 2010

Undergraduate students in Seth Bruggeman’s Fall 09 Museums and American Culture course produced this video short. Their course work was part of a cooperative project between Temple University and Historic Germantown Preserved.

For the course, students explored the way the past gets represented and the relationship between historic institutions and their communities. The courses complement a larger Temple initiative to turn Philadelphia into a learning laboratory.

“Cumulatively, Historic Germantown is one of the richest geographic concentrations of historic resources in the United States. I have never seen anything else like it — a place where history, memory and everyday life exist side by side,” said Bruggeman.

In 1977, muskets fired from house windows during the Battle of Germantown. By the late 19th century, Germantown was a booming industrial town, but during the second half of the 20th century many of the area’s most affluent citizens moved to the suburbs. Today, Germantown is an urban neighborhood on the rebound, with numerous historic sites in various states of preservation.

Seth Bruggeman is an assistant professor of history and director of the public history program in Temple’s College of Liberal Arts. To learn more about Bruggeman’s work, check out What we talk about when we talk about the past

–Kim Fischer


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