Dr. William Stoutamire

Director of G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, Graduate Lecturer

Phone: (308) 865-8284   |    Email: stoutamirewf@unk.edu

William Stoutamire

Biography

A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Dr. Stoutamire received his PhD in History (Public History) from Arizona State University and his BA in History from Florida State University. He currently serves as the director of the on-campus history museum at UNK, the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, which he has reinvented as a teaching laboratory for undergraduate and graduate level public history students, as well as students from related disciplines. Dr. Stoutamire has previously worked for the Museum of Florida History, the ASU Museum of Anthropology, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and the National Park Service. His dissertation, entitled “Creating the Monuments: Exploiting, Owning, and Protecting the Past in Flagstaff, Arizona” explores the role that an imagined sense of community, place, and heritage played in the preservation of northern Arizona’s natural and cultural resources, the creation of the Flagstaff Area National Monuments, and the founding of the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Dr. Stoutamire’s current research and teaching interests include public history, museums and material culture, memory and identity, place, community and local history, historic preservation, and cultural resource management. He is presently working to revise his dissertation into a book manuscript, tentatively titled Preserving Our Past: Community, Heritage, and the Creation of Three National Monuments. Dr. Stoutamire is also an active member of the National Council on Public History (NCPH), the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH), the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA), and the Nebraska Museums Association (NMA). He serves on the NMA Board and as the Nebraska representative to MPMA.

Courses Offered:

ART899: Museum Seminar

HIST848: History and Memory

HIST848: National Parks

HIST848: Myth, Memory, and History: US West

HIST848: American Southwest

HIST848: Historic Preservation (Cultural Resource Management)

Selected Publications:

Stoutamire, William F., Preserving Our Past: Community, Heritage, and the Creation of Three National Monuments, book manuscript in progress.

Stoutamire, William F. “Imagined Heritage: A Local History of Walnut Canyon National Monument.” The Public Historian 38, No. 4 (November 2016): 17-37.

Stoutamire, William F. "Creating the Monuments: Exploiting, Owning, and Protecting the Past in Flagstaff, Arizona." Intermountain Cultural Resource Management, Historic Resource Study. Santa Fe: National Park Service, Intermountain Region, 2013.

Stoutamire, William F. “Water in the Desert: A History of Arizona’s Tavasci Marsh, 1865-2005.” Intermountain Cultural Resource Management, Professional Paper No. 77. Santa Fe: National Park Service, Intermountain Region, 2011.

Stoutamire, William F. “From North to South, Out West: Civil War Memory in Arizona.” Journal of Arizona History 51, no. 3 (Autumn 2010): 197-222.