NKU public history partnership explores New Richmond's interesting past

For immediate release…
Thursday – April 18, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The public history graduate program at Northern Kentucky University has announced the opening of “New Richmond on the Ohio: 200 Years in Motion” on April 26.

The exhibit, a joint venture between students in the program and Historic New Richmond, Inc., will explore the rich history of the city of New Richmond, Ohio.

The project is the result of work by 23 graduate students enrolled in a special exhibits class offered through the program. Students researched, designed and built the exhibit working within a very limited budget.

Highlights of the exhibit include an exploration of the city’s role as a major stop on the Underground Railroad and as a major shipping port during the steamboat era.

The NKU Master of Arts in Public History program was created in 2010 and is designed for students interested in the history field outside of academia. It prepares students for careers in museums, historic sites and other venues as curators, directors, exhibit designers and more. The curriculum focuses on hands-on and real-world opportunities for students. The New Richmond exhibit is just one of several projects the students work on this year.

For more information about the program or the New Richmond exhibit, contact Dr. Brian Hackett, NKU director of public history, at hackettb1@nku.edu or (859) 572-6072.

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