Faculty Highlights

UNK History Department Faculty involvement in public and digital history includes teaching, research, and service in a variety of different aspects of the public history profession.

Conference Presentations

Dr. David Vail will present at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History in Indianapolis. His presentation, "Farmer, Scientist, Citizen: Toward a Global Public History of Agricultural Science through the USDA’s Yearbook of Agriculture,” will be a part of the panel Agricultural Policy and Science in Domestic and International Contexts: Public Memory, Public Interpretation.

Dr. Jinny Turman presented a talk at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference Luncheon titled "History for the Common Good: A Philosophy for Public History at UNK." 

Dr. Doug Biggs presented “’As if Struck By A Cyclone:’ Football and Iowa State, 1894-1897,” at Iowa History Camp, Des Moines, Iowa in 2016.

Dr. Will Stoutamire, Dr. Jinny Turman, Dr. Jeff Wells, and Jen Murrish of BCHS presented "Thinking Creatively, Working Collaboratively: University-Community Partnerships and the Rebirth of Local History" at the American Association of State and Local History's 2016 Annual Meeting (held in collaboration with the Michigan Museums Assocation). 

Dr. David Vail presented “Outreach Lands: Usable History, Accessible Archives, and Interactive Humanities” at the Organization of American Historians' 2016 Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.

Dr. David Vail presented “Taking a Field View: Public History and Humanities in Rural Places,” was published in Strategies for a New Public History of Agriculture and Rural Life Roundtable for the National Council for Public History's 2016 Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

Dr. Doug Biggs presented “A Team of Hired Semi-Professionals? Football and Iowa Agricultural College, 1894-1897,” at the 2016 Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Jeff Wells presented "Teaching DH in the Online Setting" at THAT Camp Digital Pedagogy in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Jinny Turman participated in the working group “Pedagogy in Public: Academic Programs and Community Partners Group Case Statements" at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History.

Dr. Doug Biggs presented “’The Laughing Rolling Stock of the State:’ Ames, Iowa State College and the Ames&College Railway, 1902-1907,” at the 2015 Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Jinny Turman participated in the working group GenNext: Are Public History Programs Sustainable?” at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Public History.

Public Presentations

Dr. Will Stoutamire presented "Their Old Colored 'Liza': Reinterpreting Race and Domestic Servitude at a Local Historic Site," as part of the Nebraska State Historical Society Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Dr. Jeff Wells presented "The Most Interesting and Picturesque Fraud in the State of Nebraska: Paul Vandervoort and Gilded Age Nebraska" as part of the Nebraska State Historical Society's Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Dr. David Vail presented "Learning from the Noxious One: The Rise of Weed Science and Agricultural Aviation in the Great Plains" for the UNK Chapter of Sigma Xi's Science Cafe series.

Dr. Mark Ellis presented "The Early Years of Loper Football" at the UNK Nebraska Student Union for the College of Natural and Social Science's monthly lecture series. 

Dr. Jinny Turman conducted an Oral History Workshop at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society.

Dr. Jinny Turman presented "Preserving Your Historic Resources" to the Ft. Kearney Genealogical Society in Kearney, Nebraska.

Dr. Jinny Turman moderated a film discussion for the Richard Pearce film Heartland as past of the Kearney Chautauqua.

Dr. Doug Biggs presented “The 1940s: Iowa State and a World at War” to the Ames Historical Society Lecture Series.

Dr. Doug Biggs presented "Ames" to the Ames Public Library Local Author Series Lecture.

Dr. Jinny Turman presented "Kearney History Harvest" to the Adams County Genealogical Society in Hastings, Nebraska.

Dr. Jinny Turman presented "Kearney History Harvest" to the Ft. Kearny Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Kearney, Nebraska.

Dr. Jinny Turman presented "Public History at the University of Nebraska at Kearney" to the Ft. Kearny Genealogical Society in Kearney, Nebraska.

Dr. Doug Biggs presented “The American Experience in Vietnam: New Perspectives” at Purple Heart Day: Celebrating Iowa Veterans, Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa.

Dr. Doug Biggs presented “150 Years of Ames” at the Ames Sesquicentennial Chautauqua.

Dr. Doug Biggs presented “Ames & the College from 1890-1900: A Transformative Decade" to the Ames Historical Society Lecture Series.

Dr. Jinny Turman presented "Public History at the University of Nebraska at Kearney" to the Buffalo County Historical Society.

Dr. Doug Biggs presented “The Purple Heart: The History of the Decoration,” at Purple Heart Day: Celebrating Iowa Veterans, Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa.

Dr. Doug Biggs presented on the Iowa State Cyclones at History Camp Iowa.

Dr. Chris Steinke presented "The Blizzard of 1888" and Dr. David Vail presented "Dry and Dusty Lands: Exploring the Dust Bowl through Reports, Photographs, and Posters" at the 2017 Nebraska Country School Conference.

Public and Digital History Projects

Dr. David Vail is involved with Agriculture from the Skies: A Digital-Public History of Aerial Spraying in Nebraska, a digital public history project that records the oral history of Agricultural Aviation throughout the state of Nebraska.

Dr. Jeff Wells coordinates Historic Kearney, a digital history project that documents the history of Buffalo and Kearney Counties. 

Museum & Archival Curatorial Work

Dr. David Vail worked with the United Staes Agricultural Information Network on "The Dust Bowl: An Exhibit Connecting the Past to the Future and People to the Library."

Dr. David Vail served as Exhibit Historians and Archivist for "Prairie Dust: Living, Studying, and Farming in the Dust Bowl Era" from 2015-2016 and "Mapping History: Connecting GIS and Digital Technologies with Historical Maps in Kansas State's Department of Special Collections" during 2015 at Kansas State University.

Dr. David Vail served as an Archival/Humanities Specialist for the Prairie Studies Initiative at Kansas State University from 2014-2015.

Public and Professional Outreach

Dr. Mark Ellis currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Humanities Council

Dr. Jinny Turman serves as a Board Member for the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office, the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, and the Buffalo County Historical Society.

Dr. David Vail is a NEH State Council Site Visitor, 2016-2017, for the National Endowment for the Humanities and served on the Kansas Humanities Council Board of Directors from 2013-2016, which allowed him to participate in outreach programs that link primary sources, archival materials, and historical analysis to expand scholarly knowledge, encourage critical-thinking of all audiences, and support the larger cultural, literary, historical, and social connections of the state.

Dr. David Vail serves as the Book Review Editor for The Public Historian.