5 Reasons Why History Is Worth A Degree

Have you always been a history buff and are wondering if a degree in History would be the best choice for a university or college? Here are my top 5 reasons why earning a degree in History is worth it.

Relevance

History has and will always be relevant to society. The in-depth study of modern-day history helps us understand the current situation of any issue and how history has influenced it, either directly on indirectly.

Great Training Ground

History students are trained to become analytical thinkers, which in turn helps them discern the level of priority and information that is indispensable for decision making.

Students’ research and writing skills are honed by requiring them to create well written essays or expositions based on factual historical data.

Class presentations are very common among history classes compared to other subject areas, which allows students to develop skills in public speaking.

Encouraging Independence

Total concentration is required of students while they research and make inquiries on their own into the past.

Lecturers are available to support and assist as needed. However, since most of the course work would require reading, the student will soon learn to be self-sufficient.

An Investment for The Future

Earning a History degree from a prestigious college or university not only looks good on your resumé or curriculum vitae…it also bodes well for opening more than one career path that you can choose from.

You don’t have to focus on applying for a job as a museum curator or a university lecturer. Your learned skill set can be the key to a whole new avenue of career opportunities.

Easily Combined with Other Subjects or Courses

If you think that you’ll get stuck with studying plain history, then you thought wrong. Other subjects or courses can be easily combined with History.

For example, you can choose to combine a course for History and Literature or History and Science. There is no limit to the possible course combinations that you can choose from.

Have I perked your interest enough to check out the nearest university or college to see if they offer a degree in History?

Living History Interpreter

Whether you have a degree in history or are still studying to earn your degree in history, you’ll be happy to know that there are more than a handful of job opportunities for you to choose from.

Recent research revealed that one of the top job vacancies would be for a historical interpreter that are available for either part-time or full-time positions. Interested? Read on to learn more.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • General knowledge of the living history museum where you will be working including all the artifacts on exhibit.
  • Historical knowledge as required by the living history museum.
  • Dressing yourself in historically accurate costumes.
  • Conducting and leading guest tours throughout the facility on a daily basis during operating hours.
  • Demonstration of historical craft skills using the museum’s available hands-on tools.
  • Teaching skill and a friendly, engaging, and respectful demeanor are a plus to provide guests with a high quality and memorable experience that would make them come back for more (instead of the just one-time visit).

Salary Range and Benefits

  • Salary on offer would vary depending on the organization that is offering the vacant position.
  • Generally, salaries would range between $9 and $20 per hour.
  • Benefits may or may not be available.

Minimum Qualifications

While different organizations would have different qualification requirements from its applicants, some of the most common minimum qualifications include:

  • At least 18 years of age upon application.
  • Interest and knowledge of history.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated. Able to work independently, or with a team, with little to no supervision.
  • Willing to work on holidays or weekends.

If you are interested in getting a job as a historical interpreter, I highly recommend that you carefully read the job details and what it requires of the applicant before submitting your resume.

Some jobs vacancies are only available for seasonal positions while others accept both part-time and full-time applicants.

In cases where the job being offered is located within a university, there is a chance that the position is only available for enrolled students in the said university.

So why not update your resume and see what vacancies appeal to you!

ALHFAM Annual Conference 2019 and Beyond

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums or ALHFAM focuses its services for organizations involved in living historical farms and agricultural museums. They also serve organizations who maintain outdoor museums for folklife and history.

Founded in 1970, ALHFAM has always been at the forefront of professionalization and growth of living history techniques for museum programs on a global scale. Membership is required to become a participant in this prestigious organization.

The ALHFAM conference and meeting is annually held in either the US or Canada and hosted by a member organization or institution.

The conference includes interactive workshops, presentation of formal papers, site visits, the annual business meeting, and more than one opportunity for informal discussion among peers. It has been considered by living history organizations to be one of the most useful and best conferences available.

2019 Conference

For 2019, the ALHFAM annual conference will be held at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Ontario, Canada from June 8 to June 12, 2019.

Conference participants will get a chance to either sleep in a Huron or Wendat longhouse or a 17th century French building.

2020 Conference

As early as now, the annual conference for the year 2020 has also been revealed. Set to be held at the Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, the conference will begin on June 21 and end on June 25, 2020.

ALHFAM Annual Meeting Guide

If this is your first time to attend the ALHFAM annual meeting, there is no need to fret. The organization has compiled a downloadable guide that would help you along the way in terms of what to expect, when and what to wear, as well as where you should be.

If you are interested in attending regional workshops, here are some that you might be interested in.

ALHFAM Regional Meeting and Skills Workshop for Mid-Atlantic 2018

The workshops will be held at the Historic Walnford, Monmouth County Park and Howell Living History Farm, Mercer County Park in Trenton, New Jersey. The event will begin on October 26 and end on October 27, 2018.

ALHFAM Regional Conference for the Western Region 2018

The regional conference will be held at Fort Nisqually in Tacoma, Washington from November 1 to November 4, 2018.