Roanoke premieres the Public History Initiative with Open House

Salem, Va -- Roanoke College is pleased to host an open house and reception on Monday, January 24, to welcome the Western Regional Preservation Office of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to campus and to premiere the College's new Public History Initiative.

The WRPO, which supports local and regional historic resources-related activities, moved from southeast Roanoke into Hundley Hall on the College's Elizabeth Campus early last fall. The open house will be held at the new location at 962 Kime Lane in Salem from 2:30-4:30p.m.

The same day, a reception will be held from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the department of history, located on the third floor of the Bank Building on 223 East Main Street in Salem. The College celebrates the launch of the Public History Initiative, a new program of the department. A search is underway for a public historian to head up the program, which will feature a concentration in public history and a focus on experiential learning, including a close working relationship with the WRPO. Already, three Roanoke students are interning at the preservation office.

Dr. Mark Miller, professor of history, calls the relocation of WRPO to the Roanoke campus "a wonderful opportunity for our students." He adds, "We are excited to have the office with us."

The public is invited to attend both events.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

Released: January 20, 2011
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu