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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