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Historian: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:25)


Mitchell Schaefer studies the past to help people understand how it affects their daily lives and how they can apply it to present day circumstances in local communities.

Historian: Career Beginnings (00:45)

As a child, Schaefer loved historic sites; he took history classes in college. His professors encouraged him to focus on public history rather than academic history.

Historian: Keys for Success (01:09)

A historian needs to be dedicated, willing to work hard, and have a passion and appreciation for history to be successful.

Historian: Education and Certification Requirements (04:08)

A historian needs a master's degree and at least two years within the field. Schaefer recommends specific high school classes.

Historian: Workplace Atmosphere (01:14)

As a public sector employee, Schaefer works a typical 9-5 job. His job sometimes requires him to travel during the spring.

Historian: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:43)

Schaefer suggests getting to know your college professors and learning how to use government archives.

Historian: A Day on the Job (01:36)

After checking emails and prioritizing the day, Schaefer works on reviewing projects submitted to his office.

Historian: Industry Goals and Services (01:33)

Historians use interpretation and understanding of the past for current public knowledge and use. Consider how the lack of road development during WWII applies to a potentially historic bridge.

Historian: Industry Challenges (01:56)

The two biggest challenges for historians are the American culture of disposable consumption and economics.

Historian: Looking at the Future (02:29)

Historic preservation will continue to rely on public support; pressure politicians to implement preservation laws.

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Historian—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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What is it like to be a Historian? In this Career Q&A video interview, Mitchell Shaefer talks about his career path, what he does on the job, and the keys to success as a historian. He also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years.

Length: 18 minutes

Item#: BVL165932

ISBN: 978-1-64481-292-1

Copyright date: ©2018

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