Society of Public Historians

Society of Public Historians The Society of Public Historians at Wichita State University Public History brings historical scholarship to audiences in non-academic settings.

These activities include museum work, historic preservation, archives, contract work, policy analysis, community history, scholarly publishing, and support for businesses and institutions. This work combines the skills and knowledge common to all historians with an understanding of how to convey historical knowledge in a variety of forms. Writing for non-academic audiences, creating exhibits, surveying historic properties, and cataloguing collections of documents and artifacts are just some of the activities that public historians engage in. SPH encourages research and practice in all these areas of public history. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in public history. If you love the study of history and have a passion for helping others embrace the past, the Public History Program and Society of Public Historians at Wichita State University may be for you.

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Don't miss out - Tonight, 6pm, Holmes Museum on WSU's campus - 1st general SPH meeting of the year! Potluck meal, bring your favorite dish and get an exclusive tour of the Holmes Museum!! See you then!


SPH needs your help!!!!
We are looking for a few individuals that would be willing to assist us with our upcoming SPH general meeting in September. We have some great ideas but we need your assistance to make everything come together. If you are interested in assisting us please contact President Michael Ables at [email protected] for further details. We are looking forward to working with you.

The Sunflower

Good article about the upcoming Tornado Alley book from the WSU Sunflower Newspaper.


We again want to thank everyone for coming out and the Orpheum Theater for having us.

Orpheum Theater Tour

Orpheum Theater Tour


On Friday, April 22, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. the Society of Public Historians will be getting a behind the scenes tour of Wichita's historic Orpheum Theatre. The Orpheum Theatre is on the northeast corner of 2nd and Broadway. The tour will be led by Orpheum volunteer and author of "From the Land of Andalusia to the Wheat Fields of Kansas: A History of Wichita's Historic Orpheum Theatre" Keith Wondra.


Don't miss these great upcoming events! Cowtown Museum Civil War Reenactment
Saturday, April 16, fom 9:30am to 4:30pm. While there, catch Keith Wondra at the Orpheum Theatre Book Signing 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


The David and Sally Jackman Visiting Scholars Series will have its first lecture "The Primacy of Dancing to Culture and Life" with Dr. Sam Gill of the University of Colorado at 7pm, Monday, March 14 in Hubbard Hall, room 209. All are welcome to attend!


The 13th annual Lambda Alpha Symposium will be held Saturday, April 9 from 8am to 5pm in Devlin Hall at WSU. Email your abstracts to [email protected] by March 18 to participate - your 15-20 minute presentation could win you $100! All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome, topics dealing with anthropology in any way are welcome.

Society of Public Historians

Society of Public Historians


The first Society of Public Historians meeting of the year will be TOMORROW February 26 at 3pm in the Board Room of the Kansas Aviation Museum! See you there!


1845 Fairmount St
Wichita, KS


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Don't forget, our walking tour is this coming weekend on Saturday, October 14th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday October 15th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.! The houses on this year's walking tour are 1065 North Waco, 1230 North Waco, 1235 North Waco and 1115 North Lewellen. Tickets will be sold during the times of the tour at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, at 925 North Waco. The tickets are $13 per person, and kids 12 and under get in free when they are accompanied by an adult. Parking will also be available at 925 North Waco. Any questions or comments? Please call or email Lucinda Karber at: 316-882-1081 or [email protected].
We're excited to say that our walking tour poster is now available!
HELP WANTED! People to work just a few hours a day in early 1900s clothing and share the history about historic homes to tourgoers. Requirements: Must be able to work for free, have fun, enjoy history and love old homes. Your bonus? You get to see four historic homes in Historic Midtown in Wichita, Kansas for FREE!! Please comment below or send us a PM or Lucinda Karber (Chairperson of the Tour) a PM.